MORE than 11,000 books have been given to children in Leeds to celebrate World Book Day.

The donation was made to Leeds City Council by a national organisation which wishes to remain anonymous.

The books will be distributed to families, nurseries and schools to support reading, especially for the most disadvantaged children in the city.

Cllr Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, employment and skills said:”Reading is a key part of our 3A’s strategy, which aims to improve educational experiences and outcomes across Leeds. We are delighted that this massive donation of books has arrived in the city and that we will be able to give them to families, nurseries and other organisations who will ensure that children who may otherwise not have access to books get real benefit from them.”

The donated books include early years’ books for under 5’s, school library pack books for 11 to 14 year olds, and books for children with special educational needs.