BookTrust gets children reading from their earliest days

We focus on children from low-income and vulnerable family backgrounds to make sure everyone can experience the lifelong benefits of reading.

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Children's Laureate: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Why reading matters

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As the UK's largest children's reading charity, we know that children who read regularly experience better mental wellbeing. 

They form stronger bonds and relationships. 

They do better at school and are more creative.

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What we do


Bookstart gifts free books to children at key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading.

Our latest news

BookTrust Storytime Prize winner announced!

BookTrust announce the Storytime Prize winner 2024

Our Writer in Residence

Keep up with Rashmi

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer or Illustrator in Residence to give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books. Rashmi Sirdeshpande is our current Writer in Residence.

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