Story Hunters

Want to help struggling or reluctant readers? Take Year 4 children on a reading adventure with Story Hunters.

Story Hunters is closed for 2018/19 and schools can no longer register

If you would like to hear about other ways BookTrust can support your school, then please visit our practitioners' area for more information. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Reading for pleasure can have a dramatic impact on a child's educational outcomes and wellbeing. To encourage that 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 includes at least two carefully chosen books, plus engaging games and resources that children can share with their families.

Find out what one primary school thinks of Story Hunters. It’s all based on our award-winning Letterbox Club model, which has been running for over ten years.

Inside the packs


An independent panel of experts have selected the books. These include a mix of different genres, from classic stories through to poetry and non-fiction books. 


There is a writing activity or game in each pack. These range from letter-writing skills to games that families can do together.


Relevant materials are included to encourage writing and drawing, and to support independent learning at home.

In this section

Feedback from a primary school

Here's what one school thought of Story Hunters. The feedback comes via parents, teachers and children at Francis Askew Primary School in Hull.

'The students have said it makes them feel really special to have a parcel delivered to them personally, and it makes them try harder with reading.' Gillian Parr, Year 4 teacher, Appleton Academy

'Parents were astounded with the resources and the quality of them, and they were very excited.' Nida Jamil, Year 4 teacher

Read our full Story Hunters pilot evaluation report

Download the PDF to read the full analysis.

Other programmes for primary schools

Start the Story

Start the Story for primary schools

Join BookTrust for a free afternoon event exploring how to engage your primary students, their families and the wider school community with reading for pleasure.

Pori Drwy Stori

An exciting universal programme

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.

Time to Read

There's no present like time

Let's read more with children, whatever their age - because brilliant things happen when families find Time to Read. Every four-year-old in England will get a free book to enjoy and share this September, through our Time to Read initiative.