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Registrations now open for BookTrust’s Letterbox Club 2024-25 programme

Letterbox Club registrations for this year are now open! For over 20 years and one of BookTrust’s flagship programmes, Letterbox Club has helped thousands of children with reading and numeracy and introduced them to the joy of reading.

Rashmi Sirdeshpande unveiled as BookTrust's new Writer in Residence

The award-winning author will explore the power of non-fiction during her six months in the role.

Mae Amser Rhigwm Mawr Cymru’n dod â hwyl rhigymu dwyieithog i blant yng Nghymru

Mae BookTrust Cymru, yr elusen ddarllen i blant, yn annog teuluoedd, ysgolion a lleoliadau blynyddoedd cynnar ledled Cymru i ymuno ag Amser Rhigwm Mawr Cymru 2024.

Bookshop.org launches new charitable initiative ‘Read It Forward’ with BookTrust

10% of all children's book sales on Bookshop.org in February 2024 will go to BookTrust - find out more here.

Author Sophy Henn joins the BookTrust Northern Ireland Stories tour

Pupils got to meet Sophy Henn and learn some amazing animal facts on her tour of Northern Ireland schools.

Reading Together: BookTrust joins forces with all 12 Children's Laureates to call for investment in early years reading

BookTrust teams up with all 12 Waterstones Children's Laureates to publish an open letter calling for investment in early years reading.

Flying enthusiast takes to the skies to raise money for BookTrust

We’re constantly in awe of the unique ways people fundraise for us to help get children reading – including Nic Orchard, who has flown her own aeroplane in support of BookTrust several times. Here’s her story.

BookTrust and Adoption Focus supporting families through shared reading

Find out how BookTrust and Adoption Focus are working together to bring the joy and benefits of shared reading to adoptive families.

BookTrust celebrates double win at the prestigious MRS Awards

Find out about BookTrust's success at the Market Research Society Awards - and how we're using research to improve our work with families.

Sharing books and bears to get children reading – BookTrust and Build-A-Bear Foundation

Working with a number of BookTrust’s partners across the country, Build-A-Bear Foundation has generously donated funds and over 800 reading buddy bears to nurseries and children’s centres to help get children reading.

New research from BookTrust reveals the impact of parental reading enjoyment on children’s reading habits

Find out about our latest research, exploring the importance of parents and carers' own reading enjoyment on their children's reading habits.

BookTrust and Kinship partner to empower kinship carers through shared reading

Find out about BookTrust's exciting new partnership with Kinship, bringing books and support to more families.

Share the magic of books with children who need it most, with BookTrust's 2023 Christmas appeal

Find out how you can help to share the magic of books with children who are in care or visiting a food bank this Christmas.

Letterbox Club: Our impact in 2023

Letterbox Club is a vital part of BookTrust’s commitment to supporting children from vulnerable family backgrounds. Our latest report shows the impact we made in 2023.

BookTrust Storytime returns to Northern Ireland to help make visiting the library a regular part of family life

Find out how BookTrust's programme for engaging families with visiting their local library has been scaled up in Northern Ireland with support from Libraries NI.

New mum writes and publishes children’s book during maternity leave to raise money for BookTrust

Find out about Phili, who is donating the proceeds of her new children's book to BookTrust.

RENEW X BookTrust: The Biodiversity Storytelling Summit 2023

The very first Biodiversity Storytelling Summit took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Thursday 19 October.

Black British Book Festival returns to celebrate inclusivity in literature

BookTrust attended several of the Black British Book Festival’s incredible line-up of pop-up events to showcase the work of Black British authors in the heart of communities across the UK.

BookTrust research highlights the importance of multiple 'reading influencers'

Find out how multiple 'reading influencers' can have a big impact on a child's reading journey, based on findings from BookTrust's Family Survey.

Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho set to complete epic library marathon

Find out about the epic library marathon taken on by Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho - and how he will end in style during National Libraries Week.

“Fun is fundamental”: Michelle Robinson brings the fun of reading together to her role as BookTrust’s new Writer in Residence

Award-winning author Michelle Robinson has been announced as the new Writer in Residence at BookTrust

BookTrust and St Christopher’s Fellowship champion family-focused reading this summer

BookTrust and foster families from St Christopher's Fellowship are working together to design a new reading programme for children in and on the edge of care.

Poetry Prompts with Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho to return - with special guests

Find out about the special guests who will be joining Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho when Poetry Prompts returns after a summer break.

BookTrust brings 50,000 children into over 2000 libraries with its Storytime programme and announces the shortlist for the 2024 BookTrust Storytime Prize

BookTrust has published findings from the second year (2022-23) of their BookTrust Storytime programme. The evaluation shows that the programmes brings new families into libraries and that it encourages further visits.

The 2024 Booktrust Storytime Shortlist - The Best Books For Sharing With Young Children

BookTrust the UK’s largest children’s charity has revealed the 2024 shortlist for the BookTrust Storytime Prize, highlighting the best books for sharing with babies and children under five.

BookTrust to share new interactive Axel Scheffler book chosen by early years experts to encourage families to start reading with their babies

Find out about the brand new Bookstart Baby pack which will be gifted to babies born in England and Wales, featuring a fun interactive book from Axel Scheffler.

New projects remember Bookstart founder Wendy Cooling MBE

Three legacy projects are announced today in memory of Wendy Cooling MBE. Wendy was a pioneer and the founder of Bookstart, the BookTrust programme which gets books into the hands of millions of babies and toddlers each year in the UK and which inspired equivalent programmes around the world.

Yorkshire’s elected Mayors join forces with BookTrust and commit to promoting early years reading to give local children the best start in life

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire and Oliver Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire agree to promote shared reading support for children in the early years at a BookTrust roundtable event.

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