Last chance to take part in Peterborough Reads’ Book Gifting Scheme!

Did you know? 1 child in 11 in the most disadvantaged areas of Peterborough does not own a book.

Children who have no books of their own are nearly four times as likely to read below the expected level for their age. Peterborough has a serious and growing literacy problem. The National Literacy Trust is launching a citywide campaign to gift a new book to a child through their Peterborough Book Gifting Scheme. It’s easy to take part and every book will go directly to a child in the most disadvantaged areas of Peterborough.

How to get involved:

Please join us by purchasing a book from the list below:

  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick
  • The Savage by David Almond
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • This Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo
  • Beast Quest series by Adam Blade
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
  • When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon & Hannah Bailey
  • Arthur and the Sword in the Stone by Mairi Mackinnon & Teresa Martinez
  • Beowulf by Rob Lloyd Jones & Victor Tavares or Michael Morpurgo & Michael Foreman

Please wrap your books, add a label (including the title) and then post or drop them to:

Peterborough Book Gifting Scheme:

Metro Bank, 29 Long Causeway,
Peterborough, PE1 1YJ


The Cresset (main reception), Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX.

We are asking for all books to be delivered by Friday 3 December.

Please also share the campaign with your friends and family and on social media:
“I’m taking part in the biggest book gifting campaign for children in Peterborough this Christmas.
1 child in 11 in the most disadvantaged areas of the city does not own a book at home. Every book
donated will help go towards changing their life stories.’’

Please support the campaign so we can get as many new books as possible into the into the hands of
children who need them most.

If you are unable to gift a book this Christmas, you can still help change a child’s life story by
making a donation on the Literacy Trust website. Please let us know why you’re donating by using the reference
‘Peterborough Reads Book Gifting’. MAKE A DONATION

You can also text PBREADS to 70085 to donate £7 to spark a love of reading for children in Peterborough this Christmas. (Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message).

Literacy is a vital element of action against poverty and our work changes life stories.

Find out more about the work for the Literacy Trust here.

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