Tips for carers and foster families

Sharing books and stories can have benefits for your child’s confidence, and for their progress in school.

Classic books illustration by Nadia Shireen

We’re trialling materials to find out how we can best support you and the children you look after to read together. To find out more about reading in foster families, we’ve already done a UK-wide survey - you can read the findings here.

Research used in the materials is referenced here.

Useful links and downloads

Guide for carers

Reading with 3-7-year olds

Reading Together: A booklet containing information and practical tips to help you make reading a part of your child’s everyday life.

Letterbox Club

Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club is an award-wining programme which aims to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy in children who are looked-after aged 3-13. Children taking part receive their own set of 6 parcels containing books, stationery and more.


Use the bookfinder

Use our bookfinder to search for children’s books by age group and theme. You might want to use books when you are speaking to carers, to show them examples of books their child might enjoy.

Find Booklists

Browse our booklists

Our booklists can help you find books for children about a range of topics, for example friendships. We advise checking the suitability of books before using them with children you work with.


Win great prizes

Cross your fingers and try your luck in our competitions, giving you the chance to win book bundles and other brilliant prizes.

Find activities

Find activities

Search for activities about books for you and your child to enjoy together.