Programmes for school, library and home

BookTrust has created and administered a range of projects and campaigns designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy reading and writing.


BookTrust's 'free books' reading programmes are world-renowned early intervention reading programmes that provide free books for children at crucial transition stages of their development. Almost three million children receive books from Book Trust each year ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience the delight and power of books and the written word.

It's never too early to start a child on their reading journey. We work with early years professionals to deliver Bookstart, the national early-intervention literacy programme. Bookstart offers the gift of free books and parental guidance materials to babies, toddlers and preschool children to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

We work with primary schools and libraries in England and Wales to generate excitement about books and cultivate long-lasting positive attitudes towards reading. Our book packs and teaching resources are hugely popular with teachers and families.

We work with teachers and librarians in England and Wales to deliver programmes for secondary schools. Our teaching resources are hugely popular with teachers and students as they encourage wider reading, support creative thinking and development.

We work  with children who need additional support in a number of ways: offering braille, large print and accessible books in our programmes, dual language guidance and resources, targeted programmes for selected schools, and the Letterbox Club programme improving the educational outlook for children in foster families.

Updates for schools

Updates for schools

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