Free books are to be given to children of families who will be relying on foodbanks this winter.

The giveaway is being organised by Scottish Book Trust, which has made an urgent appeal for funds.

Bosses at the charity have said the rising cost of living means more and more local children do not have books at home.

Marc Lambert, chief executive, added: “Christmas is looking very stark for so many families.

“Access to books is essential for a child’s development. Without books at home, children are missing out and we know the impact of this lasts a lifetime.

“The simple pleasure of owning a book can make a huge difference in children’s lives, bringing comfort, escapism and togetherness in families.”

Cash raised through the appeal will help the charity provide books to cash-strapped families via foodbanks and community hubs.

Mr Lambert said: “Every family deserves a little magic at Christmas and donations to our appeal will be helping Scottish Book Trust deliver more vital work to support those most in need.”

To support the appeal, visit