About Letterbox Club

Across the UK, children are enrolled for the Letterbox Club by local authorities and schools.

Each child receives their own colourful parcel of books, maths games, stationery and other high quality materials once every month for six months, from May to October. For many children, it's the first time they have had a letter or a parcel through the post and for some it's the first time they have had books of their own.

Letterbox boy opening blue parcel

Key benefits:

  • Children feel 'remembered' and are excited about receiving their parcels
  • Carers/families and their children spend more time together reading and playing games
  • Children read to others and share books
  • Children have increased confidence in reading and number 
  • Parcels are delivered despite placement moves and give continuity to the child 

The Letterbox Club is also suitable for a range of children who might benefit, such as those on the edge of care, or as part of post-adoption support.

Local authorities and schools can use Pupil Premium Plus for children who are looked-after and Pupil Premium for other vulnerable children.

Letterbox Club parcels are delivered to participating local authorities and schools, who then post them to the child's home address each month, or give them to the children they have enrolled in school. Note that BookTrust does not deliver directly to the child's home address.

Find out more about the different Letterbox Club parcels for children aged 3 - 13

Award-winning children's author, Katherine Rundell, talks about the postal element of Letterbox Club and how important it was for her foster sister, Annie, to receive post.

For more information about Letterbox Club, please email the Letterbox Club team or call us on 020 7801 8805.

For information about delivery, please get in touch with Stephen Rusbridge.

Letterbox Club registration is now open for 2018

Local authorities and schools can use Pupil Premium Plus for children who are looked after, and Pupil Premium for other vulnerable children, to fund the programme. Letterbox Club reached 11,000 children across the UK in 2017.

How to sign up

More about Letterbox Club


Books for the parcels are carefully selected by an independent panel of experts each year. A range of different genres is included, such as: fairy tales, classic and contemporary stories, picture books, novelty/joke books, poetry, non-fiction and audio books.

Patrons and supporters

Letterbox Club is grateful for the help of its patrons and supporters including Dame Jacqueline Wilson and the Rt Hon. Alan Johnson.

Letterbox Club in Wales

The Letterbox Club encourages reading for pleasure and learning at home. It helps to improve the educational outlook for children who are looked-after. In Wales, parcels include additional books and materials in Welsh.

Letterbox Club in Scotland

The Letterbox Club in Scotland was launched following a pilot for 150 children in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverclyde, Aberdeenshire and Highlands. The programme is now funded via subscription from individual local councils, schools or libraries.

Letterbox Club in Northern Ireland

The Letterbox Club in Northern Ireland is funded by Fostering Network Northern Ireland as part of its Fostering Achievement programme, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Government.

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