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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.

Go to the HomeTime hub

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Waterstones Children's Laureate

Find out about Cressida Cowell

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.


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