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#GiveABook 2017 is Here: Giving Readers the Power to Support Disaster Relief & Local Communities Nationwide

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the fourth annual #GiveaBook on Giving Tuesday campaign, giving readers across the country the power to give back and donate Penguin Random House books to students and educators in their local communities and to support disaster relief efforts in impacted communities nationwide.

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We've donated more than 185,000 books to children in need across the country through our #GiveaBook holiday season campaign since its inception in 2014. This year, we are donating an additional 50,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children from low-income families. We’re giving you the chance to decide where up to 5 of these 50,000 books will go. To claim yours, visit our campaign site and choose your state - help those closest to you by selecting your home state, or help support disaster relief efforts by choosing those states with impacted communities. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the power of books and reading this holiday season, and helping to create our next generation of readers. Stay tuned to Igloo for more updates and be sure to #GiveaBook and give back.

10 Ways to Give Back with Books on #GivingTuesday

To celebrate #GivingTuesday, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite ways to give back and support books and reading this holiday season. Keep reading to learn how you can give the gift of reading, literacy and educatin through our long-time charitable partners.

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1.     #GiveABook and Change a Life This holiday season, Penguin Random House is giving you up to 5 books to donate to your community through our fourth annual #GiveaBook holiday campaign. With your help, we have donated more than 185,000 books to children in need across the country through #Giveabook since its inception in 2014. This year, we’re donating an additional 50,000 books to children nationwide through First Book. Click here to  decide where up to 5 of these 50,000 books go by choosing which state to support. Help those closest to you by selecting your home state, or help support disaster relief efforts by choosing a state with impacted communities.   2.     Help Humans Heal with Good Dog Therapy Program The Good Dog Foundation trains, certifies, and fields therapy dog teams to ease human suffering and promote recovery from trauma and stress. Alongside helping people who suffer from health and mental issues, Good Dig teams visit schools and libraries to conducts anti-bullying workshops, work with children who are living with autism, and to assist children who are learning how to read. Earlier this year, Good Dog visited Penguin Random House with its therapy teams and was their chosen beneficiary of this year’s Global Walk. Donate to their campaign to help them reach their goal of $25,000 to train more therapy teams and help more people than ever before.   3.     Help Young Readers Get Ahead with Read Ahead Read Ahead ignites a love of reading in young students in New York City through mentoring, improving their confidence as well as their odds for success in school and life. Help nourish a passion for reading early in life and spread the joy of mentoring this holiday season by by making a one-time or recurring contribution by clicking here. 4.     Buy One, Give One with Penguin Random House and Zulily Penguin Random House is helping zulily kick off National Family Literacy Month this November with its first-ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10. Six sales events will feature a curated selection of children’s books, and each book purchased will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, is aiding teachers, students and schools affected by the recent hurricanes. Look for the “Buy One, Give One” badge highlighted on the website and on featured books found in select events.   5.     Give a Gift of Joy with Save the Children Donate to Save the Children on #GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017, and your contribution will be doubled. Browse their Gifts of Joy Catalog to find your perfect #GivingTuesday gift. Choose to educate a girl for just $75 and you’ll give the gift of books, resources, and access to an education. For less than 20 cents a day, you can change a girl’s life forever.   6.     Help to Defend Freedom of Expression with PEN America PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the US and worldwide. Support PEN America and their efforts to champion the freedom to write and to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Join Penguin Random House in supporting PEN America and become a member today.

  7.     Support the Literary Community with Poets and Writers Poets and Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. By subscribing to the Poets and Writers magazine and becoming a member at any level, you can help the non-profit with their mission to foster the professional development of poets and writers, promote communication throughout the literary community, and help create an environment in which the widest possible public can appreciate literature.

8.     Support UJA and Help People in need. Contribute to the UJA Federation of New York today and your support will have a global effect. Each year, UJA's work touches 4.5 million people in more than 70 countries through a network of more than 100 charitable organizations. Donate today and visit their new volunteer website, www.timeforgood.org,  to find meaningful volunteer projects around New York City in the five boroughs, Westchester and LI.

9.     Put Girls First and Donate to the Malala Fund Join Malala Yousafzai’s #YesAllGirls movement and make a donation to support education programs for girls around the world. In her words, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” Help make it happen.

10.     Support Jumpstart and Make a Difference Because every child deserves a jump start, donate now and your gift will support Jumpstart’s early education program, providing children who are at risk of failing school with the support they need to be successful in preschool and ready for life.  

Penguin Random House & zulily Host Interactive Book Fair to Benefit Communities Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Penguin Random House is helping zulily kick off National Family Literacy Month this November with its first-ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10. Six sales events will feature a curated selection of children’s books, and each book purchased will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, is aiding teachers, students and schools affected by the recent hurricanes.

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“Penguin Random House is committed to fostering a universal passion for reading and providing access to books in the communities and schools of parents and children who need them most. Through our partnership with zulily we’re able to expand and extend our ongoing relief efforts through our longtime partner, First Book, by providing up to 25,000 books during this important time of need,” said Jaci Updike, President of Sales of Penguin Random House U.S. “We recognize that many of our customers know someone or have been personally affected by the devastation incurred from the hurricanes this year,” said Kerry Gibson-Morris, VP of Home, Hardlines & Licensing at zulily. “We understand that these major storms can disrupt children’s learning and academic performance, and through our partnership with Penguin Random House and support of First Book, we hope we can provide children, teachers and schools the tools to succeed during these challenging recovery times.” “Educators have shared heart-breaking stories of students, families and fellow teachers who have lost their homes and belongings, as well as entire school libraries now destroyed by flooding or mold,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.  “The support of zulily, zulily’s customers and Penguin Random House will bring treasured books to these communities, enabling educators to restore learning in their classrooms, and providing a lifeline of hopes and dreams for students and their families.  It means the world to all of us.” Customers can shop the ongoing interactive book fair via the “Buy One, Give One” badge highlighted on the website and on featured books found in select events. Each week zulily fans can visit zulily’s owned social channels to activate a call to action, through comments or shares to spark the “Give One” donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. For example, a donation will be made when fans comment on zulily’s Facebook post about their favorite childhood stories. Penguin Random House will also donate 50,000 additional books to First Book this month through its Giving Tuesday #Giveabook campaign, which gives readers the chance to donate up to 5 books to local communities nationwide, including those impacted by recent hurricanes.