Donate today and send a special book gift to a vulnerable child

Christmas won’t be magical for every child. A surprise festive book parcel could light up a child’s Christmas.

Can you help?
Illustration of snowman and girl receiving gift; credit: Kate Hindley

The BookTrust Christmas appeal raises money to send surprise festive book parcels to children who are vulnerable or in care.

This year, it’s even more vital to support children who may not be looking forward to Christmas. And so we plan to give out more parcels than ever before and to reach 16,000 children – that’s 1,750 more than last year. Half will be sent to children in care who may be spending their first Christmas away from their families, and the other half will be given out through community foodbanks to children in families facing challenging circumstances. Donate £10 to send one book parcel to one child. Any additional funds raised by the appeal will support our work with children through the year.

Donate today

If you are not comfortable with making online donations, you can download this form to send an offline donation to our office.

'"Someone is sending me parcels in the post. Someone has remembered me." That’s the kind of thing I often hear from talking to children in foster care who have received a BookTrust parcel.' - Officer for Looked After Children 
Adult and child reading together at Christmas; credit: Kate Hindley

More about what we do and why

The Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club aims to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy in children aged 3-13 who are looked-after. They are enrolled by local authorities and schools, and receive monthly parcels of books and educational materials.

Why reading matters

How we make a difference

BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits through our programmes and activities.

How to support us

Help us get families reading

A love of books changes lives. Children who read for pleasure are likely to do better at school, as well as be more socially, culturally and emotionally prepared for life.