Local Authority Professional
Booktrust works in partnership with every local authority in England to deliver our 'free books' reading programmes as well as the Letterbox Club for looked-after children. Local authorities support the delivery of our Bookstart book packs through Bookstart Coordinators via libraries, health visitors, children's centres, primary and secondary schools, pupils referral units, special schools and other specialist agencies working with harder-to-reach groups and communities. You can find out about how the programmes work and what benefits they bring below.
Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
Find information and resources to help your local authority get involved with Bookstart . There is also a password-protected area for Bookstart Coordinators with even more information and resources.
The Letterbox Club focuses on improving the educational outlook for looked-after children aged 7-13 by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials once every month for six months.
All reception-aged children (aged 4-5 years) are entitled to receive a free Booktime book pack. Book packs are delivered through local primary schools. If you are a local authority professional working with children who are at risk of social exclusion or if you work with children who are being home educated you can request book packs directly from Booktime.
Find out about Bookbuzz, a programme encouraging reading for pleasure by giving Year 7 students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of titles selected by a panel of experts.
The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. The current Laureate is Julia Donaldson: visit the website to find out about her Laureate projects and events.
Find out how to introduce the Everybody Writes ethos to primary and secondary schools in your local authority to improve attitudes towards writing and attainment in writing.