About us

Book Trust transforms lives by getting children and families reading.

What we do

  • Encourage and enable parents and others to read regularly to their children
  • Inspire children and young people to read for pleasure


Why we do it

  • Help children do better at school and in life
  • Improve literacy and social mobility
  • Strengthen the bond between parents and children


How we do it

  • Build parents' confidence to read to their children
  • Give carefully selected books to every child under five
  • Give extra support to the most disadvantaged children and families
  • Work with schools and others to get more children reading


Find out about the impact of our work


Our work matters

Encouraging parents to share stories, books and rhymes in the early years can help start an introduction into a wide tapestry of knowledge and culture, which can help children understand who they are and the place they have in the world. We start at the earliest possible age as we believe children who have an early introduction to books benefit in many ways; educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally. 


Book Trust's early years programme Bookstart is proven to help children develop language and literacy skills for starting school, while Book Trust's Letterbox Club has helped to improve the reading and number skills for many children in care. Through our programmes and book recommendations we're here to help.

crf-chloeThe average deaf teenager leaves school with a reading age of nine.

Chloe was born with a serious hearing impairment. With the help of a specialist pack from Book Trust she has taken an interest in nursery rhymes. It helped her to engage with the rhythm and sounds. She loved the repetition, which helped her understand language. It was really difficult for her when she was first prescribed a hearing aid as she didn't like wearing it, but now she asks to wear it so she can hear all the rhymes. Her focus and concentration have both improved, which will help her at school, and she can't wait to learn to read.

Book Trust give 1,000 Booktouch packs to hearing-impaired children annually.

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Giving books to children

Book Trust gives books to babies, toddlers, primary and secondary school children. We provide books at crucial stages of their development. Book Trust ensures that every child has the opportunity to experience the delight and power of books.

Books and reading

Want to find a book to read? Whatever your age and whatever type of books you like to read, we can always help you to find something new.

Writers and writing

Writing tips, competitions, Book Trust's online writer in residence and interviews with writers.


From the search to find the best women's fiction to the focus on funny children's books, our prizes and awards celebrate the best writing from the UK and beyond.

Support us

Why do we need your support? Because 40% of young people live in homes containing ten books or fewer. We want to change the story and improve children's life chances.

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Did you know?

  • Bookbuzz gives books and reading advice that reachs 222,000 Y7 children in secondary schools each year

Diana Gerald's blog

'The truth is that reading for pleasure has a huge impact on children's life outcomes, which is why governments are realising that they need to act - and fast.'