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Get up-to-the-minute news, features and stories about all things books and BookTrust.

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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Find out everything that's going on with the 11th Waterstones Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, as she takes on the job from 2019-22.


  • We know there are a LOT of children's books out there - trying to choose one for your family might feel a bit overwhelming! That's why we pick out our favourite new titles for babies, toddlers, children and teens every month over here: Pic: Tonya Engel 24 minutes ago
  • The final story from the late John Burningham is a beautiful tale of infinite possibilities, love, saying goodbye, and loss. Also featuring illustrations from John's widow Helen Oxenbury, Air Miles is a really special book - here's how you could win it: 52 minutes ago
  • Fantastic news that Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has publicly announced the part-funding of the Bookstart Baby programme in @booktrustni. Bookstart helps families bond through reading and support early learning and development. Read the news story: 1 hour ago
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