If you're looking for a Christmas gift ideal for both book lovers and society as a whole, then a new set of illustrated prints may be just the ticket.
In celebration of 85 years publishing some of the world's greatest books, Penguin is releasing five commemorative prints by some of its leading artists, with all profits going to the National Literacy Trust.
Charlie Mackesy, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Dapo Adeola, Jackie Morris and Vashti Harrison have each created fine art prints themed around "the transformative power of books and reading", as produced by specialist art printers, King & McGaw.
Each art print will be 30x40cm, printed on matte smooth fine art paper, with a mount and a responsibly sourced solid wood frame with a smooth black satin finish.
Will Smith, Head of Brand at Penguin Random House UK, says on the prints: "From its beginnings in 1935, Penguin has been indelibly associated with design excellence and visual inspiration. We’re proud to work with the very best and most loved artists and illustrators in the world. Marking our 85th anniversary with this project is a fitting nod to that heritage and supports an absolutely vital cause.
"The National Literacy Trust effects tangible and lasting change in peoples' lives across the country through books, too. It’s hugely moving to see how this group of artists has depicted the transformative power of reading in these beautiful artworks. The saying goes that a picture paints a thousand words – these ones will no doubt inspire people to read thousands more!"
Jonathan Douglas, CEO at National Literacy Trust, adds that "Covid-19 is set to have a disastrous impact on the literacy and life chances of our most disadvantaged children. With widespread school and library closures limiting many children’s access to learning and books, the literacy gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is expected to skyrocket. This could hold them back for the rest of their lives – unless we act now.
"We have been working tirelessly with Penguin Random House to get books and vital literacy resources into the homes of children who need them most. We are hugely grateful for their ongoing support through this incredible fundraising initiative and to the artists who have contributed their valuable time and talent to capture the transformative power of reading through their creations. Together, we can continue to support the literacy of children who have been most seriously affected by COVID-19 and ensure that no child is left behind."
Priced £85 each, the framed prints are on sale for a limited period until the end of the year via the Penguin Shop.