Benji Marshall is one of The Three Little Tigers in a special Footy Fables book launched today as part of the NRLs unique partnership with Australias leading education publisher Macmillan Education.


NRL stars Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Chris Lawrence and Lote Tuqiri (Wests Tigers) were at Rugby Leagues Learning With League Centre today to unveil the Footy Fables book, in which they star.


Written by boys education and literacy expert Suzan Hirsch and illustrated by former Panthers player and NRL Museum Manager Frank Puletua, Footy Fables features a host of NRL players in rewritten popular fables and other short stories.


Each of the 16 NRL Clubs has a Reading Captain with Lawrence the Wests Tigers' representative.


The 'Three Little Tigers' features Marshall, Lawrence and Lote Tuqiri and tells the story of how the players built their own shed but not for the opposition team in Manly due to stadium renovations.


When Manly realise they don't have a shed, Wolfman wants to share but the Tigers try to stop hinm so he starts to blow them down.


In an Australian sporting first, Macmillan Educations partnership with the NRL marks the first time the award-winning Primary Publisher of the Year has teamed up with a national sporting organisation to produce curriculum-based reading resources for school children.


In the first year of the three-year partnership, Macmillan Education will also publish Rugby League Reads Magazine, one of the innovative curriculum-based resources that has been part of the NRLs successful Rugby League Reads program since its inception in 2010.


Since its introduction, Rugby League Reads has been used by more than 300,000 students (141,645 in 2012) across Australia, but the Macmillan partnership will see the program taken to another level with a push into schools throughout Australia, New Zealand and other international markets.