Pottermore is donating the books as part of the Get London Reading Campaign and free literary festival for children. The campaign is sponsored by London Evening Standard, NOOK, and Beanstalk.
To celebrate the donation, actor and comedian Stephen Fry visited the Jubilee School in London to read from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Fry narrated the U.K. audio book editions of the Harry Potter books. The Jubilee School is just one of the deprived schools that has benefited from the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading Campaign.
Regarding the donation and campaign, Stephen Fry said: “I loved books when I was young and passionately believe that reading is one of the most important life gifts you can give a child. I am so pleased to be able to support the marvellous Get Reading event that London Evening Standard is organising in partnership with NOOK, and hope the immensely talented acts that have been announced so far will inspire children to develop their reading skills and learn to love reading as much as I do.”
Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne said of the donation that “Pottermore is delighted to support the Get Reading initiative, including the work that Beanstalk is doing to improve literacy across the UK. We hope that the Beanstalk volunteers and their mentors enjoy reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and immersing themselves in the world of Harry Potter.”
The books will be loaded onto the thousand NOOK e-readers that have already been donated to Beanstalk to “recruit, vet, train, and support reading volunteers in schools.”