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Here you will find interviews, news, reading tips, thoughts from authors and beautiful illustration galleries – all to help your child develop a lifelong love of reading.

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Don't miss out on the very latest news and announcements from BookTrust, the largest children's reading charity in the UK.


Read all our latest and archived features, including author interviews, picture galleries, reading tips and children's book round-ups.

Writer in Residence

BookTrust appoints a new Writer or Illustrator in Residence every six months to give us their unique perspective on the world of children's books. Our current Writer in Residence is Onjali Raúf.


Find all our latest press releases and contact details for the press team. In a hurry? Email the team on

BookTrust HomeTime

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

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  • From Greta Thunberg to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there are so many amazing books celebrating the natural world! Our Writer in Residence @OnjaliRauf and @WWF_UK CEO @TanyaMSteele shared their favourite books about the environment. Watch their video chat: 7 minutes ago
  • It's #FunnyBookFriday and we feel like a giggle! We're going to pick up some stories that are bound to get us chuckling - check out our suggestions, and let us know which books always make you smile! Pic: Erika Meza 33 minutes ago
  • It's William Shakespeare's birthday today! So we'd love to hear about your favourite Shakespeare for children - maybe it's a straight retelling, or perhaps it's a modern reimagining? Let us know your picks! 1 hour ago
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