We Give Books Readers Help Set New Digital Reading Record

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

We Give Books, the digital reading initiative from the Pearson Foundation and the Penguin Group, today announced a new record for the reading of a digital book. On October 3, more than 400,000 people read Otis by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long during Jumpstarts annual Read for the Record campaign. Children and adults from across the United States and beyond showed their support for early childhood education by sharing the story about the lovable tractor for free at We Give Books.

All year long, We Give Books provides anyone with access to the Internet the opportunity to read high-quality childrens books online for free. We Give Books helped to prepare students throughout the United States for this months Read for the Record event with special initiatives and gifts of printed books that allowed more than a million students to take part in this important campaign.

Throughout the fall, We Give Books hosted Reading Celebrations in schools across the United States and brought the story of Otis to life in classrooms and libraries. On October 3, 2013, millions of people read the same book on the same day to help set a new world record.

Jumpstarts Read for the Record would not be possible without the participation and support of the hundreds of school districts that take part in this annual event. The day saw more than 50,000 reading celebrations, with featured readings by more than 75 first spouses and mayors. Otis author Loren Long connected with more than 200 schools through the first-ever Read for the Record Google+ Hangout on Air and took questions from schoolchildren in Florida, Texas, New York and Iowa.

We know that reading at an early age is a key predictor to success in a young persons life, said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. Each year, Jumpstarts work in communities continues to grow and Read for the Record continues to grow as well. We are so pleased that so many people came together to read both offline and online at We Give Books.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, extends Pearsons commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic and business organizations to provide financial, organizational and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at http://www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books

We Give Books is a philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime and Jumpstarts Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities. For more information, visit http://www.wegivebooks.org.

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at http://www.jstart.org.

About Penguin Young Readers Group

Penguin Young Readers Group includes such preeminent imprints as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnams Sons, Razorbill, Viking, 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, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, 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 part of Penguin Group (USA), one of the leading U.S. adult and childrens trade book publishers, and a member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.

Media Contact:

Stacey Finkel

Pearson Foundation



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