Usborne Publishing, and Peter Usborne, its owner, have a strong interest in charity and finance a range of activities in this area.
We regularly donate free books and money to children's charities of many kinds. Usborne is a sponsor of the Booktrust Children’s Laureate and we support various Booktrust book gifting programmes in England and Scotland including Bookstart, Bookbug, Bookbuzz and Letterbox. Peter Usborne is a patron for READ International, a charity that delivers high quality books to schools in Tanzania.
Usborne also supports staff who want to work with the reading charity Beanstalk, where adults listen to children reading out loud to them, particularly children with reading difficulties. Staff also fundraise for children’s charities of their choice, and the company matches their total. Our charity for 2016 is SOS Children's Villages.
Peter Usborne and his two children, Nicola and Martin, run The Usborne Foundation, a charitable organisation focused mainly on supporting Early Literacy initiatives. As well as giving financial support to a number of other organisations doing important work in this field, The Usborne Foundation has developed a suite of BAFTA-nominated online reading games called Teach Your Monster to Read. The games, which are free to play on a computer, aim to make the process of learning to read fun and accessible and as of November 2016, the game has been played more than 10 million times around the world.
The Foundation also donates to charities dealing with animal welfare and mental health.