Books and reading

Whatever your child's age and whatever books they like to read, we can help you to find something new.

Use our Bookfinder to look for books that suit your tastes and interests, browse our archive of interviews with authors and illustrators, watch our online storybooks, or just see what's out this month that should be catching your eye in the bookshop or library. Here, you can also find reading tips and book recommendations for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. 

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Bookfinder

Be inspired and discover your child's next favourite book with the BookTrust Bookfinder.

Our recommendations

Get recommendations about great new books, classic books, themed booklists and other suggestions from our in-house team of experts.

Tips and advice

Get useful tips and advice about how to read as a family, setting up a great bedtime routine, and how to encourage reading in your school.

Bookmark: disability and books

Bookmark: your one-stop shop for information on disability and children's books. Whether you're a family or author, publisher or teacher, librarian or carer, this is the place to find advice and book recommendations.

Have some fun

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story time with our free online books, play games, win prizes, or test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes.

Events

Find out about the latest events happening to inspire people of all ages to get more involved with reading and writing in their local area.

View our latest booklists

Read our latest themed booklists and discover some of our favourite children's titles.

Wordless picture books: a great way to get your child to tell the story

Wordless picture books encourage children to think for themselves and form their own interpretation of what is happening in the narrative. They’re a great way to expand the imagination and have a lot fun doing it! Why not give one of these a go?

 

Illustrated books for older children

Illustration is beautiful, fun and accessible, and offers another way to read a story! If you're struggling to find illustrated books for older children, then try some of these: all brilliant stories that are brilliantly illustrated...

Fun back-to-school books for teenagers

The holidays have passed, but here are some books to get you back into the school spirit. These teen books are perfect for capturing the fun, the giggles, the new beginnings and the friendships that will last you a lifetime.  

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