"I want to make sure as many kids as possible have access to books and this project brilliantly targets those kids who don’t have books at home,” Sir Lenny said. "Reading – with lots of trips to my local library in Dudley – was such an important part of my childhood, it took me on so many different adventures and to so many different worlds. Here’s to The Boy With Wings flying into homes across the U.K. thanks to the National Literacy Trust and Enterprise."
"Enterprise firmly believes in expanding opportunity for everyone," Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility & Charity Events Manager Simon Caughey-Rogers said. "This partnership provides an excellent way for us to support early childhood development through the power of reading. Too many children say that they don’t see themselves in what they read, especially those from Black ethnic backgrounds. It is our hope that this book helps inspire them and spark a lifelong interest in reading for pleasure, with all the fun and benefits that it can bring."
"Creating a culture of reading for pleasure in schools is crucial to increasing literacy levels, which in turn gives children access to more opportunities throughout their lives," National Literacy Trust Director of Development Darranda Rowswell added. "The Boy With Wings is an excellent choice of book for this project because Sir Lenny Henry’s story gives children of Black heritage the chance to see themselves and their lives in the books they read, as well as engaging children of all backgrounds in the adventures of Tunde. We’re so excited to see this partnership create a culture of reading and encouraging a love of stories that we hope will stay with children for the rest of their lives.”
"Macmillan Children's Books is thrilled to be working with partners who are just as passionate as we are about spreading a love of reading and getting books into the hands of children across the U.K.," Macmillan Children's Books Publisher for Fiction, Non-Fiction & Picture Books Samantha Smith said. "Lenny Henry's exciting, adventurous and funny The Boy With Wings is the perfect read to encourage children to spread their wings."
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work.
The towns and cities receiving books from the partnership are: Liverpool, Manchester (City), Nottingham, Rochdale, Salford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Newport, Swindon, London borough of Southwark, London borough of Lambeth, London borough of Hackney, London borough of Enfield, London borough of Islington, Belfast and Lisburn.