For the second year running, hundreds of colleagues across Penguin Random House UK came together to mark World Book Day and celebrate the magic of reading with over 6,000 children, young people and adults.
In our largest ever single volunteering effort, over 570 colleagues volunteered in their local communities in London, Frating and Grantham, as well as literacy-vulnerable areas across the capital. We hosted interactive sessions in over 160 nurseries, children’s centres and schools, including storytelling with little ones and quizzing with Years 2-4 in primary schools. To inspire and encourage pupils to continue reading beyond World Book Day, we gifted a total of 5,000 books through book prizes and donations to all schools participating.
Whilst World Book Day primarily focuses on celebrating reading with children and young people, many of our staff also wanted to use the day to share our books and stories with vulnerable adults within the wider community; working with 10 homeless shelters, prisons and community centres across London.