Booktrust 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
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.
Booktrust's early years programme Bookstart is proven to help children develop language and literacy skills for starting school, while Booktrust'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.
The 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 Booktrust 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.
Booktrust give 1,000 Booktouch packs to hearing-impaired children annually.
Booktrust gives books to babies, toddlers, primary and secondary school children. We provide books at crucial stages of their development. Booktrust ensures that every child has the opportunity to experience the delight and power of books.
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.
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Did you know?
- 380,000 story booklets are gifted to families during National Bookstart Week each year