About us

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BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity with a history that stretches back over 100 years. Each year we get millions of children reading, especially those from low-income families or vulnerable backgrounds.

We operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and have long-term partnership agreements in place with every local authority in England and Wales. Our sister charity, Scottish Book Trust, supports families in Scotland.

Our core work supports children and families from low-income and vulnerable backgrounds, particularly in the early years. We also provide books and resources for every newborn baby through our Bookstart programme; we work with school children until the age of 13 and showcase the very best in children's literature.

Our research and evaluation capabilities are focused on understanding the life-changing benefits of reading and families' attitudes and behaviours. This work informs our design and innovation approach which shows how to create sustained reading behaviours in families. 

We have expertise in commissioning books and resources and supply chain management, distributing millions of books and resources efficiently every year.

BookTrust provides support to the Waterstones Children's Laureate, which is in its 25th year.

We are one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations. Our headquarters are in Leeds and we have offices in London, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as staff across the country.

Reading Together

Reading Together, Changing Children's Lives is based on decades of experience of working with millions of families and thousands of local partners, including health visitors, nurseries, schools, libraries and food banks.

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Our strategy

There’s never been a more urgent time for us to inspire a new generation of children on their reading journeys. The Next Chapter sets out how we will get every child reading, regularly and by choice, so they can reap the lifechanging benefits of reading.


Find out more about our governance team, including our senior leadership team, our trustees, our patron and our president. Our Chair and Board of Trustees hold overall responsibility for the charity’s activities and its assets; ensuring legal and charitable compliance and efficient use of resources.

BookTrust affiliates

Find out where our Bookstart programme has inspired other national and regional early years bookgifting schemes in the past two decades. International interest in Bookstart continues to grow and new programmes are starting in various countries.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equality

Find out about BookTrust's commitment to embed and promote diversity, inclusivity and equality in all that we do, to deliver real and lasting change for children.

Work with BookTrust

Looking for a rewarding and meaningful job in the charity sector? BookTrust is the UK’s leading children’s reading charity. We work to inspire a love of reading in children as we know that it can transform lives. See all the latest vacancies and find out how you could join the team at BookTrust.

Contact Us

Find out how to contact BookTrust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As well as how to contact us regarding fundraising, book reviews, Press and how to get in touch with our Chief Executive.

Benefits of reading

Download our interactive tool to find out about the incredible benefits of reading for pleasure, based on the findings of academic studies.

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How we make a difference

BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits through our programmes and activities.

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