Schoolboy earns award from PM for pandemic story book

An eight-year-old from Bolton, UK has been given an award by the Prime Minister for his lockdown-themed story book.

Milan Kumar completed the lockdown challenge of reading 50 books over 3 months and ended up inspired to write his own.

The Lostock schoolboy spent months writing Covid Christmas Parade, a story about a young boy who wants to spread festive cheer during the pandemic.

Proceeds from the sale of his debut book is to be donated to National Literacy Trust, who support children’s literacy, particularly during the pandemic.

This wasn’t the first time the young lad raised money for charity- he also spent his summer cycling 50 laps a day, for 10 days, around the University of Bolton Stadium.

Milan was first praised by the Duchess of Cornwall- patron of the National Literacy Trust- and has now received a Points of Light award from Prime Minster Boris Johnson.


Milan said: “I am greatly honoured that the Prime Minister has recognised my fundraising efforts for the National Literacy Trust.

“My newly published children’s book on Amazon called ‘Covid Christmas Parade’ is all about a young boy who is determined to bring back his town’s Christmas cheer in light of the pandemic.

“I feel proud knowing I have made a difference to the lives of other children affected by Covid-19 because reading promotes health and wellbeing. I love reading and learning about the world through books and I want to help as many children as possible discover the magic of reading and all the great benefits it comes with.”

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