Literacy

The Pearson Foundation helps nonprofit organizations encourage literacy and share books with young people and local communities across the globe.

We’re sharing books we love, and helping teachers, parents, and great non-profit organizations ensure that young people are ready to read and learn.

We focus these efforts through We Give Books, our own digital initiative developed together with Penguin Books. We Give Books lets anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

No matter where they are, We Give Books readers can explore a growing digital library of great children’s books for free. In the process, they can also learn more about great literacy organizations that make a difference. The more you read, the more hardcover and paperback books we donate to these exemplary organizations.

Since 2010, We Give Books has shared more than two million books with great non-profit partners working in local communities around the world—each donation triggered by the reading of a book online at wegivebooks.org.

We also do what we can to help local schools encourage young people to read all they can. We Give Books’ Read for My School program makes it possible for students to read together to secure books for their classrooms and libraries. The We Give Books ReadMobile delivers books and reading celebrations to schools and community organizations across the United States. And the We Give Books Read for My Summer program motivates children to read and give all summer long with a new book featured every week on the We Give Books website as well as fun activities and reading tips to help make each book come to life.

We Give Books is also one of the best places to take part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, one of our first literacy partnerships. The Pearson Foundation is a founding partner of this annual effort to raise awareness about the important role that early literacy skills have in preparing young children for success. Since its inception in 2006, Read for the Record has engaged millions in communities across the United States while helping Jumpstart to raise more than $8 million for their essential work in classrooms year around.

In 2013, we again helped set new world records for the most people reading the same book on the same day. On October 3, 2,462,860 adults and children read Otis, by Loren Long in classrooms, libraries, and community centers—setting a new record for the most people reading the same book on the same day for the 8th year in a row. Early in the year, we also launched a three-year partnership with BookTrust and the UK Department of Education to extend the We Give Books Read for My School program to English primary schools. Between January and March, 2013, over 400,000 books were read by over 100,000 participants in 3,675 English primary schools.