Book Trust’s press office provides accurate and up-to-the-minute news about BookTrust’s projects for journalists.

We provide information on the latest prizes and events, interviews with key BookTrust spokespeople and prize associates, images, statistics and evaluation.


For general press enquiries please email the team at To contact us directly please use the details below:


Sinead Scott- Lennon: Head of Campaigns and Communications

T: 020 7801 8850



Sinead Gosai: Press Officer

T: 020 7801 8849



Bethan Phillips: Press Officer  

T: 020 7801 8848


Press releases

Sarah McIntyre, the children's illustrator and writer, well known for her comic Vern and Lettuce and picture books There's a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police has been appointed BookTrust's new online Writer-Illustrator in Residence.

Raymond Briggs, the iconic children’s author and illustrator – famed for The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman and Ethel and Ernest, his graphic novel/animated film for adults, has been awarded the prestigious BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award.

DK UK is today announcing its partnership with BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity, to help transform the lives of children across the nation through reading.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is about to open for submissions.

From time travel, fantasy and shocking stories of survival to fantastically funny football facts, this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards' shortlist explores a diverse range of themes. The six titles are competing for a chance to win one of two prestigious awards: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

Zip folder containing a digital toolkit to support National Bookstart Week 2016. Includes press release templates, e-invitation and consent form, plus information about photography and publicity for local events.

Diana will take over from Viv Bird who is stepping down in March after seven years in charge of Britain's biggest reading charity.

A project that encourages male prisoners to read with their young families has earned praise from Ofsted for its contribution to family learning. The Booktrust Stories Tour, which took a live literature show into prisons for prisoners to enjoy with their children, has been named a model of good practice by Ofsted.

A new reading programme from Book Trust will roll-out this September to secondary schools across the country. Bookbuzz offers secondary schools the chance to give their Year 7 pupils the choice of a book from a specially selected list of 17 titles that include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.