What we do

We are the UK's largest reading charity and we reach millions of children every year with books, resources and support to get every child reading, regularly and by choice.

We are national in scale and operate in every region in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We work through every local authority, via children’s centres, schools, libraries and health professionals, to reach the families who need us most.

From running the Children's Laureate to giving out books to families and schools, running exciting reading campaigns or celebrating the very best children's books with our prizes, everything we do aims to inspire children – from babies to teenagers – to get started on their reading journeys.

Our programmes, campaigns and awards

Programmes and campaigns

Our projects and campaigns are designed to help families enjoy reading together.

Resources and activities

Browse through our useful resources: from lesson plans and reading tips, fun activities and tools for teachers.

Awards and prizes

Find out about all the prizes and awards that BookTrust is involved with.

Children's Laureate

Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-22: a role that is normally awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

BookTrust Annual Lecture

Every year, we invite a notable figure to share their thoughts on the industry to an audience of authors, illustrators, publishers and influencers.

Impact and research

BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits. Find out more about the impact of our programmes and activities.

BookTrust Cymru

Mae ein gwaith yn cefnogi pob teulu yng Nghymru o flwyddyn gyntaf bywyd eu plentyn hyd at ddiwedd eu blwyddyn Derbyn yn yr ysgol, gan ddechrau drwy roi anrheg o ddau lyfr BookTrust yn y pecyn Dechrau Da Babi.

BookTrust Northern Ireland

Through our reader development programmes and work as an arts organisation, BookTrust in Northern Ireland makes a positive impact on children, families and local communities.

The Next Chapter - 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.

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Information on disability and children's books

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Reading tips and advice

Useful reading ideas for both families and schools

Discover how to read as a family, set up a great bedtime routine and encourage reading in your school.