Children's Reading Fund
Donate now and give every child the hope of a better and brighter future
For too many children, life seems mapped out with no hope of educational, social or economic improvement. We want to change the story...
This year we launched the Children's Reading Fund, which is all about improving the life chances for disadvantaged children in the UK. Specifically targeting children aged between 4 and 11, the new fund will use books and e-books, CDs, games and performance to inspire children to engage more with reading and writing and thus to change their own story. In 2013, with your help, we can use the power of stories and reading to unlock the potential of the UK's most disadvantaged children.
You too can support the Fund and improve the life chances for disadvantaged children in the UK by making a donation
The Fund is supported by our celebrity ambassadors Cerrie Burnell, James Patterson, Gaby Roslin, Lemn Sissay, Dan Snow and Joanna Trollope, as well as a number of beloved children's characters including Matilda, Tracy Beaker and Zog. We would also like to thank our Founding Partners Waterstones and James Patterson in partnership with Random House.
A child in care is more likely to go to prison than university
Rhys was behind in school as he was often excluded from class due to disruptive behaviour. Getting regular packs from Booktrust made him feel special, boosted his self-confidence and he is now ahead of his reading age. He now believes he can achieve things that he used to think were just for other children.
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. Her focus and concentration have both improved and she can't wait to learn to read.
Almost half of disadvantaged children gain nothing above a D grade at GCSE
David's mum was 18, alone and living in a poor area on the outskirts of Manchester when he was born. She had always struggled and didn't want the same for David. Booktrust packs gave her the confidence to share books with David and now he is ahead of his class in English.