Who we are

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.

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.

BookTrust affiliates

Find out where our Bookstart programme has inspired other national and regional early years bookgifting schemes in the past two decades.

Our illustrators

Meet the wonderful illustrators who have worked with BookTrust to create illustrations for our site.

Work at BookTrust

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.

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