WASHINGTON, November 18, 2015 – Children from low-income families can receive three times more books this holiday season, thanks to a partnership between the nonprofit social enterprise First Book and Penguin Young Readers. For every $2.50 donated to First Book through December 31, 2015, Penguin Young Readers will provide an in-kind donation of two additional books, up to 500,000 books, for a total of three books going to children in need.
First Book promotes educational equality by providing educators and program leaders serving children in need with access to free and affordable high-quality new books and educational resources. The organization works with publishers to secure large quantities of new children’s books and learning resources, which are then made available to the classrooms and programs it supports. To date, First Book has distributed more than 135 million books in the U.S. and Canada.
Those interested in sharing the joy of reading with kids in need this holiday season can make a gift to First Book at firstbook.org/donate. Penguin Young Readers will match gifts made to First Book through the end of the year.
"There's no greater gift for a child than a book,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our friends at Penguin Young Readers, three times as many books can reach the hands of young readers. We’re grateful that they have stepped up to give kids in need a brighter holiday season and brighter futures."
The books made available to First Book by Penguin Young Readers will be provided to children in need through First Book’s network of over 200,000 educators and program leaders across the country.
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 135 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children's book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.