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Here are the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards contenders – and there's something for everyone

Deadly frogs that dart poison, space adventurers, coping with grief, misfits with a mission and inspirational children changing the world are just some of the themes from the brilliant line-up of titles shortlisted for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards.

Just one book can brighten a vulnerable child's Christmas: BookTrust launches festive fundraising campaign

Find out how you could help send a special book gift to a child who is vulnerable or looked after by getting involved with BookTrust's Christmas campaign.

BookTrust Cymru celebrates 10 years of Letterbox Club in Wales

2019 is a very special year for us – we’re proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Letterbox Club in Wales.

Join BookTrust Cymru to celebrate the Big Welsh Rhyme Time 2020

Join us for the second year of our celebration of sharing rhymes and songs for early-years children across Wales, from 10–14 February 2020.

The Duchess of Cornwall hosts celebratory tea for Waterstones Children’s Laureate 20th anniversary

The Duchess of Cornwall has hosted a tea at Clarence House yesterday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate.

Meet who's judging the Blue Peter Book Awards for its 20th anniversary

TV presenter and actress Meryl Fernandes joins an impressive judging panel for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards.

Leeds City Council and BookTrust sign exciting partnership to launch the Leeds Year of Reading

BookTrust donates more than £1 million in books over three years as Leeds City Council officially launches the Leeds Year of Reading.

We are hosting a Twitter party! Join us for the chance to win a fantastic prize

As part of Time to Read this year we are hosting a Twitter party to talk about children’s mental health and wellbeing and the connection with reading.

New BookTrust research shows half of children in the UK don’t discuss their mental health and wellbeing with their parents

Reading together can help children share their worries as BookTrust gifts over 700,000 books to reception-age children across England

New BookTrust Writer in Residence, Cerrie Burnell, to share the magic of storytelling

Cerrie Burnell, best known for her work on CBeebies and author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets and The Girl With the Shark’s Teeth, among many other books, has been appointed our new online Writer in Residence.

Calling all Reception classes in Wales… The Pori Drwy Stori explorers need your help!

In September 2019, BookTrust Cymru are launching a competition to name the Pori Drwy Stori explorers. All Reception classes in Wales can enter the name the explorers competition to win books for their school!

New Caru Canu series helps children in Wales sing and rhyme

Twt Productions’ latest series, Caru Canu (Love to Sing) kicks off on S4C’s pre-school service, Cyw. The series was developed in partnership with BookTrust Cymru and Mudiad Meithrin.

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