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Thousands of children will receive a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone donated by Bloomsbury

29 May 2020


We are delighted to be working with Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter, who are donating thousands of copies of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to children in Years 4, 5 and 6 across our Literacy Hubs.

This initiative gets books into the hands of disadvantaged children who may not have access to any books at the moment and encourages them to read for enjoyment by escaping into the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Bloomsbury supports our National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings, providing children and families in the local area with books, author visits and vital literacy resources.

Bloomsbury has kindly extended their book donation initiative across our Literacy Hub network while public libraries are closed and the majority of pupils are still unable to attend school, gifting copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to children in our Literacy Hubs in Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Bradford, Stoke, Nottingham, Swindon, North Yorkshire Coast, and Birmingham as well as Hastings.


Alongside this, families can also access Harry Potter At Home from Bloomsbury and download magical activities, test their Philosopher's Stone knowledge and take part in a read along to support learning at home.

Books have the power to enrich children’s lives, but we know that thousands of children living in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities don’t have a single book of their own at home. By bringing the magical world of Harry Potter to children who need it most, this partnership will provide much needed joy, inspiration and comfort during this time of uncertainty.

Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone, is also providing all families with free digital books, exclusive author videos and engaging literacy activities to keep children engaged, entertained and learning at home.

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