Reading

In England, struggling to read is more closely linked to the risk of being unemployed than in any other developed country. Nearly one in three children growing up in poverty in England leaves primary school unable to read well. This can have a massive impact on their future chances in life.

As publishers, we know we can make the biggest impact by making reading fun and accessible through the power of our books, authors, characters and brands.

Our reading pledges

Case studies

Read North East

Co-founded with the National Literacy Trust in March 2017, Read North East marks a new chapter for literacy in the area.

Almost 30,000 children in the region do not have a book of their own at home. Read North East is changing this.

So far we've donated over 3,000 books to local families through schools and libraries, in shopping centres and football stadiums, and even at the Stockton Sparkles Christmas lights switch-on.

Read North East book recipients reading in school playground

World Book Night

Every year World Book Night gets free books into the hands of people all over the UK who don’t regularly read for pleasure.

In 2018 we donated 8,000 specially selected books, which were then distributed by The Reading Agency charity to community settings including prisons, libraries, hospitals and homeless centres.

57% of people who received a book on World Book Night said that they have read more since.

World Book Night statistics: over 8,000 books donated to hospitals, libraries, homeless shelters, youth centres, charities and art organisations.

Supporting reading groups in prison

Prison Reading Groups is a charity which sets up and facilitates monthly reading groups in 35 prisons across the UK. For prisoners, the reading groups can be an important route to rehabilitation. They encourage empathy with the lives of others through reading: promote critical self-reflection and mutual respect; and help connect prisoners with life outside prison walls.

Each month we support 10 reading groups who choose any book published by Penguin Random House, and we donate a free copy to each member.