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Award-winning poet, playwright and author Joseph Coelho announced as new Waterstones Children's Laureate

Joseph Coelho has today been announced as the 12th Waterstones Children's Laureate, taking over the role from Cressida Cowell.

BookTrust Storytime unveils this year's shortlist as pilot returns to libraries

Find out which six books have been nominated for this year's BookTrust Storytime prize, part of a pilot to encourage families to visit their local library.

Bradford Royal Infirmary teams up with local library service to give babies the best start in life with books

The neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary have teamed up with their local library to ensure that children in the hospital have access to family bonding time through books and reading - which are vital for cognitive development and mental wellbeing later in life.

Cressida Cowell MBE announces end of tenure as Waterstones Children's Laureate

Alongside the 'Life-changing Libraries report’, Cowell has reflected on her time as Children’s Laureate during the pandemic, and bringing to life her magical to-do list – the Laureate Reading Charter – to ensure all children have access to books.

Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE reveals transformative 'Life-changing Libraries' research

Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE has revealed the transformative impact on the pilot primary schools taking part in her ‘Life-changing Libraries’ initiative, with an increase in a love of reading, motivation towards learning, well-being and feelings of self-worth.

BookTrust unveils exciting new interactive books being included in Bookstart Baby bags

Find out all about the new books that will be given to families in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of Bookstart Baby.

Lucy Owen will be joining BookTrust Cymru at their annual Early Years Practitioner Conference

Author, Journalist and Presenter, Lucy Owen will be facilitating a discussion on the topic of Equality, Diversity and Reading for Pleasure in the Early Years at the BookTrust Cymru Early Years Practitioner Conference taking place between 21st – 24th March 2022.

Wildlife hits a winning streak as Invented by Animals and The Last Bear take top prizes at 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards

BookTrust is excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards, as voted for by primary school aged-children from across the UK: The Last Bear and Invented by Animals.

World Book Day 2022: What you can expect to see from BookTrust

World Book Day is taking place on Thursday, 3 March this year - find out how BookTrust will be getting involved here.

Michael Rosen to encourage reading and rhyming with babies and toddlers as BookTrust’s latest Writer in Residence

One of the nation’s favourite children’s authors, Michael Rosen, will next week become BookTrust's new Writer in Residence, using the residency to promote the importance of reading and rhyming with children in their early years.

The Whales on the Bus picked by families as this year's BookTrust Storytime Prize winner

Find out more about the BookTrust Storytime pilot in libraries - and how The Whales on the Bus was chosen as the best book for sharing with young children.

BookTrust teams up with Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell and World Book Day for special #PassThePen

In a special edition of #PassThePen, World Book Day authors will hand over their social media accounts to emerging authors and illustrators of colour.

Welsh Government invests an additional £5 million to support more children in Wales to develop a love of reading

Children across Wales are set to benefit from a new multi million pound investment designed to inspire a new generation of children on their reading journeys.

Aspiring comedians, polar bears and animal inventors make the line-up as we reveal the 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards contenders

Here are the six shortlisted titles for the influential 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards, designed to celebrate amazing authors, imaginative illustrators and the greatest reads for primary school-aged children published in the last 12 months.

“Poetry has power” says John Agard, the first poet to be awarded BookTrust’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Poet John Agard has been awarded BookTrust's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021.

Bookstart Baby Packs in Wales are changing

As well as two fantastic books (one bilingual and one English-language only), they now contain finger puppets to help parents share rhymes with their babies, and a guide to support families to develop a lasting reading habit.

BookTrust to support 740,000 new primary school children to make Time to Read

Every reception child in England and primary one student in Northern Ireland will receive a copy of I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson and Ross Collins from November.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall extends her Patronage of BookTrust

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall has been BookTrust's patron for a decade and has now decided to continue supporting the charity.

All primary schools in England to be supported to bring inclusive and representative stories into the classroom

This week, every primary school in England will receive a free copy of Happy Here, a new anthology from 20 of our best Black British writers and illustrators.

BookTrust’s new Writer-Illustrator in Residence set to champion under-represented voices and the art of storytelling

Award-winning illustrator and author Dapo Adeola has today been named the new Writer-Illustrator in Residence at BookTrust – the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.

Tummy Time and Zoom to the Moon added to Bookstart Baby bags to inspire a love of reading

Find out all about the two new books which have been selected for the revitalised Bookstart Baby bags, which BookTrust aims to give to every child born in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

McIlveen confirms funding for Bookstart Baby programme

A programme to encourage a love of reading in children from a young age in Northern Ireland is to be part-funded by the Department of Education.

Coming soon: A new public library experience to help more families ‘discover the joy of reading’

This autumn, we will pilot a new and exciting national library experience called BookTrust Storytime, to support families with children aged 0-5 – especially those who are disadvantaged – engage with their local public library and develop an ongoing reading habit.

BookTrust helps CBeebies update their Storytime app to support families on their reading journeys

The all-new updated CBeebies Storytime app features ten interactive stories to enjoy on the go, to help families on their reading journeys.

The Duchess of Cornwall joins Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE to open 'Life-changing Library' at Griffin Primary School in Wandsworth

This morning, The Duchess of Cornwall joined Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE at Griffin Primary School in Wandsworth, South London to formally open their newly built, bespoke ‘Life-changing Library’.

BookTrust teams up with over 20 other organisations to celebrate a Summer of Reading

Find out about the Summer of Reading, a full programme of events and activities to help get children and families reading over the coming months.

Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell launches flagship Life-changing Libraries project

Find out about Cressida Cowell's Life-changing Libraries project, which will transform six primary school library spaces - and why she's calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ring-fence funding for school libraries.

Onjali Q. Raúf announced as BookTrust Writer in Residence

We're incredibly excited to announce author and activist Onjali Q. Raúf as our new Writer in Residence.

A Kind of Spark and A Day in the Life of a Poo, A Gnu and You are crowned winners of the 2021 Blue Peter Book Awards

We're excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Peter Book Awards.

BookTrust Represents, Knights Of and CLPE unveil new Black British anthology Happy Here

A copy of Happy Here - featuring ten Black British authors and ten Black British illustrators - will be sent to every primary school in England.

BookTrust and the Sun on Sunday team up for Books For Kids campaign

Find out more about the Books for Kids campaign, which aims to get books out to the children who need them most during the coronavirus lockdown.

Swearing, forgetting their Ps and Qs and spending too long on their phones: parents reveal what children tell them off for

Parents across the UK are no strangers to getting into trouble and being told off by their children, according to a new poll.

This Is Owl rules the roost and wins the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2020

Libby Walden and Jacqui Lee's playful book is named the best book for sharing with babies and children under 5 in a virtual ceremony.

#PassThePen unveils pairings taking part in campaign to promote authors and illustrators of colour

Find out which authors and illustrators will be taking over the Instagram accounts of famous names during #PassThePen.

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