BookTrust programmes

A guide to all our programmes for families.

Our programmes

Mum and baby reading


Bookstart gives free books to all children at two key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading.

These are given in person to families by health, library and early years professionals, who support families, ensuring that every child receives their Bookstart packs.

National Bookstart Week is BookTrust's annual event celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from an early age. Each year, we choose a theme that gets families involved in fun, themed events across the country.

Find out more about Bookstart


Time to Read

There‚Äôs no present like time. Let's read more with children, whatever their age - because brilliant things happen when families find Time to Read.

Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better at school, even in subjects like maths. Not only that, but the whole family will benefit from an incredibly bonding experience if they share a book together.

If your child is in Reception in England, they'll receive a free book this autumn - via school - to take home and enjoy.

Find out more about Time to Read

 Letterbox boys reading together at home

Letterbox Club

Children are registered to take part in the Letterbox Club by local authorities and schools. Each child then receives their own colourful parcel of books, number games and stationery items, once a month for six months.

You might have received a letter saying your child will be taking part, or if you'd like to find out if they are eligible, please get in touch with your local authority or your child's school.

Find out more about Letterbox Club


Story Hunters pack shot

Story Hunters

Your Year 4 child could be going on a reading adventure with Story Hunters if they have been signed up by their school.

To encourage a love of reading, every pupil signed up to Story Hunters will get a monthly personalised pack of books and activities, for a six-month period. Every pack will include at least two carefully chosen books, plus engaging games and resources that children can share at home.

Find out more about Story Hunters


Bookbuzz girls in school library


Year 7 and Year 8 children in schools signed up for Bookbuzz will have the opportunity to choose their own book from a list of 17 titles. The books are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to make sure they are suitable and engaging for 11 to 13-year-olds. The books are then theirs bring home and keep.

Find out more about Bookbuzz

Your child's school may also be taking part in

School Library Pack

The School Library Pack is a reading for pleasure programme which is available free to any secondary school or education provider in England with Year 7 students. Containing over 40 free books, the pack can not only boost your library resources but also encourage students to try reading different types of books.

Ant Club

The Ant Club is our free reading for pleasure programme for targeted primary schools designed to boost confidence and inspire a love of reading in Reception and Year 1 pupils.

Pori Drwy Stori

Pori Drwy Stori is the national programme for Reception-aged children in Wales, brought to you by BookTrust Cymru. It is fully bilingual and is funded by Welsh Government to support literacy, numeracy and family engagement in the Foundation Phase.

Special School Library Pack

We have worked with disability specialists and consulted with special schools to develop a pack of accessible titles which we hope will be useful for special schools.

Beyond Booked Up

Beyond Booked Up is an exciting programme providing free resources to eligible schools for use with Year 7 and Year 8 students. These include a range of accessible resources designed to help develop speaking, listening, writing and reading skills for 11- to 13-year-olds.


Spark is a programme for special schools designed to inspire a love of stories and books in children with additional needs.

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week 2017: a week-long celebration of reading for pleasure in schools all around the UK.

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