World Book Day 2017: we celebrated with over 800 students in 8 local schools
We celebrated World Book Day’s 20th anniversary with over 800 students in 8 schools local to each of our sites in Pimlico, The Strand, Ealing, Grantham, Rugby and Frating. 30 volunteers from across the business hosted book quizzes with students and read aloud extracts from our books.
The selected schools are all long-term partners of Penguin Random House UK through our volunteer reading programme, which sees 63 staff across 9 partner schools reading every week with children struggling with their confidence and ability in reading.
According to a survey conducted by National Literacy Trust, in 2016 six in ten Key Stage 2 pupils (58.6%) took part in a World Book Day activity at school or at home. Thanks to our volunteer Quizmasters and Book Sharers we’ve supported efforts to increase this number in 2017.
A spokesperson at St Clement Danes Primary School near our Strand site in London said: “There has been such a buzz of excitement this week about books and thanks for being a part of that.”
At Huntingtower Community Primary Academy near our Grantham site a spokesperson said “World Book Day was great! We really enjoyed it! All the children loved their quizzes. The books have already gone into the school library and are very popular!”
Penguin Random House UK aims to volunteer 4,000 work days by 2020, two for every UK colleague as part of its Creative Responsibility manifesto. To find out more click here.