About us

BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading.

BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because we know that reading can transform lives.

Our flagship programme Bookstart reaches every child in England and Wales in their first year.

Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners, and are supported with guidance to encourage the reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself. We are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout.

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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.

Work at 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.

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Why reading matters

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.