The bookseller – News – PRH Children’s and Speakers for Schools offers online book clubs to 30,000 young people


Social mobility charity Speakers for Schools is partnering with Penguin Random House Children’s for a series of online book clubs aiming to reach 30,000 young people.

The National Teen Book Club will feature six Penguin YA books and a space where students from public schools and colleges can discuss the themes of each book, meet experts from relevant industries, and learn more about the publishing industry.

A diverse range of books and speakers, including Children’s Waterstones winner Joseph Coelho, will introduce young people to possible career options in writing and publishing. The aim is to encourage young people to read beyond the national curriculum and develop a lifelong enjoyment of reading.

Books featured by the club include The upper world by Femi Fadugba, one of us is lying by Karen M McManus and skin of the sea by Natasha Bowen. More will be announced and the theme for this year’s books is mental health and well-being.

PRH Children’s is also offering participants discounts on all club books, which can be purchased as an e-book for 99p, audio for £1.99 or 50% off physical copies for each school or college.

Ruth Knowles, Publishing Director at PRH Children’s, said: “At Penguin, we publish books for everyone because a book can change anyone, so we’re thrilled to partner with the National Teen Book Club. to introduce a fantastic and diverse range of Penguin YA books and authors to a new audience of young people. Not only do these books offer readers the chance to delve into trending genres, from fantasy and sci-fi to twisted whodunits, but they also tackle themes important to today’s young people, including mental health. , sexuality, race and social media. The Book Club gives participants the chance to read and discuss a book with their peers in small groups, as well as hear about career opportunities that come from reading, through Q&A and workshops with publishing experts. We are thrilled to reach new audiences in this way and further inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Savitri Patel, Enrichment Manager at Speakers for Schools, added: “The goal of the National Teen Book Club is to broaden the horizons and elevate the aspirations of young people by helping them to engage in the representation of increasingly diverse and relatable that is found in young people. adult books. We offer them a place to exchange ideas and socialize while developing their literacy skills and confidence. I am delighted to have the support of Penguin Random House Children’s, who have partnered with us for the next stage of this enrichment program to help demystify and increase access to the industry of publishing, supporting young people’s current learning and positioning them for the future.”

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