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We Give Books Global

At Pearson, our reading programmes – both print and digital – are found in classrooms the world over. And, for many, the first story that they read or that is read aloud to them will be a Penguin title. But we can, and do, do a lot more - we run projects and campaigns to promote reading and to give books, increasingly in conjunction with our preferred charity partner, the Pearson Foundation.

In 2012:

  • We'll give our 8 millionth book under our Booktime programme, which sees every child in England starting school receive a book pack containing two free books from Penguin and Pearson Primary to take home, read and keep.
  • We have donated over 1 million books to Book Aid International, the charity that supports the development of libraries in schools and local communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • And in just over a year since launch, the target of 1 million books donated through We Give Books - the innovative online partnership between Penguin and the Pearson Foundation - has been smashed.

Through our products and partnerships, we aim to make a difference to raising literacy levels around the world, helping people to learn to read and to enjoy reading.

Content from this campaign

Nine Millionth Book To Be Gifted By Pearson To Encourage Reading
November 13, 2012 /3BL Media/ - There is a saying in showbusiness that you should never work with animals and children but today (13 November 2012) actress Tamsin Greig will do exactly that! As part of the national launch of Booktime 2012, the award-winning free books programme for reception-aged children in England and Wales, Tamsin - who is most recently famous...
Nov 13, 2012 10:15 AM ET
Pearson UK Launches Enjoy Reading Campaign
October, 19, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Children’s attention spans are shorter, and demands on their attention are much greater than ever before, a new report from Pearson has revealed. In response, our UK education business has launched a new campaign to highlight the issue and provide more support for parents and teachers to help children develop a love of reading.  More than...
Oct 19, 2012 8:00 AM ET
Read for My School Reaches England
October 9, 2012 /3BL Media/ - The Pearson Foundation and UK charity Booktrust have launched Read for My School, a free national schools reading competition for primary schools in England. Suported by the British government's Department for Education, Read for My School is designed to be fun and to motivate children of all abilities with a variety of interests to read for pleasure. It will also...
Oct 9, 2012 8:30 AM ET
Pearson and Booktrust Announce 2012 Booktime Titles for Annual Free Books Programme
Contemporary retelling of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in this year's Booktime packs to celebrate 110 years of Beatrix Potter's much-loved character 1.45 million free books to be gifted through Booktime: two books for every 4-5 year old in England and Wales  
May 3, 2012 11:30 AM ET
Pearson plc's Booktime Gives 6 Million Free Books in 6 Years
Booktime, the free books programme from Pearson plc in association with independent charity Booktrust, gave its six millionth book away at the launch of this year's programme. Booktime provides a free book pack to every child starting primary school in England, encouraging adults to read with their children and share books at home.
Nov 21, 2011 6:00 AM ET