Programmes for school, library and home

Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.

Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners, and are supported with guidance to encourage the reading habit. Find out more about our programmes for practitioners.

Early years

Bookstart

Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at key stages before they start school. We provide parental guidance materials to inspire a love of reading in babies, toddlers and preschoolers as well as helping professionals to support families.

Primary programmes

Time to Read

Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better in all subjects, even maths. So why not let us help you encourage reading for pleasure at your school with Time to Read?

Story Hunters

Story Hunters is our reading adventure for Year 4 children, designed especially to help struggling or reluctant readers. To encourage a love of reading, each pupil will get their own monthly pack of books and activities over a six-month period.

Letterbox Club

Letterbox Club focuses on improving the educational outlook for children aged 3-13 in foster families by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials every month for six months.

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.

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.

Secondary programmes

Bookbuzz

Bookbuzz supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for children in Year 7 or 8 and selected by a panel of experts.

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.

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

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

Letterbox Club

Letterbox Club focuses on improving the educational outlook for children aged 3-13 in foster families by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials every month for six months.