Penguin Random House shares the joy of reading with local communities this Christmas by donating over 3,500 books

Children from Great Bentley Primary School near our Frating site enjoy their early Christmas presents

This Christmas Penguin Random House UK will gift over 3,500 books to schools and homeless shelters near its offices and warehouses. 

A selection of Children’s books will be given to 9 primary schools in Pimlico, The Strand, Ealing, Grantham, Rugby and Frating. Every child at the school will receive a free book to take home.

The selected schools are all long-term partners of Penguin Random House through their volunteer reading programme, which sees 63 staff across 9 partner schools reading every week with children struggling with their confidence and ability in reading.

Penguin Random House has made additional donation of adult books to Crisis at Christmas. The books will stock book corners at Crisis centres across London, enabling people without a home over the festive season to enjoy a good read in a safe and welcoming environment.

Tom Weldon said, “We’re proud to champion reading for pleasure every day of the year, both through our brilliant publishing and our support for national programmes including World Book Day, The Summer Reading Challenge, World Book Night and Quick Reads.  This Christmas we want to celebrate the joy of reading by giving a little something extra back to the communities on our doorstep.”

Mrs Caffull, Head Teacher at Great Bentley Primary School in Frating, said: “The generosity of Penguin Random House is appreciated so much; because of them we are able to supply every child in our school with a book for Christmas. Reading is such an important life skill on which many other skills are built. The partnership we have built with Penguin Random House enables us to strengthen and enjoy building these skills with our children.”

Penguin Random House UK aims to donate half a million books by 2020 as part of its Creative Responsibility manifesto.

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About Volunteer Reading

63 Penguin Random House colleagues are currently part of the volunteer reading programme, spending 30 minutes each week reading one-to-one with a child struggling with their reading. Volunteer reading aims to help children improve their reading attainment as well as improve their confidence and enthusiasm for reading for pleasure. 

As part of our Creative Responsibility manifesto, we aim to support 500 local children with their reading by 2020.

About Crisis at Christmas

On any one night, 3,569 people slept rough across England.  Rough sleeping is without end. Homelessness increased by 30% last year and has more than doubled since 2010.

For eight days this Christmas, Crisis will once again set up 10 centres across London where more than 10,000 volunteers will prepare over 31,000 meals, including a full Christmas dinner, and provide over 20 services, encompassing the likes of entertainment, arts and crafts, accommodation, healthcare and well-being.

Every year, vital help from donors enables Crisis at Christmas to provide a warm, safe place to stay, a place of companionship and compassion for 3,923 homeless people in London. Crisis at Christmas is made possible through the generosity of thousands of companies, community organisations and individuals who donate goods, services, expertise, skills, time and money to help homeless people over Christmas.

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