What we do
We are the UK's largest reading charity and reach 3.9 million children each year with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.
BookTrust is national in scale and works in every region in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We work through every local authority via children’s centres, schools, libraries and health professionals to reach families who need us most.
Our prizes and awards celebrate writing from the UK and beyond, bringing new releases to a wider audience and getting readers to engage with different types of books. Here you can also find out more about our programmes, campaigns and awards.
Our programmes, campaigns and awards
Our projects and campaigns are designed to help families enjoy reading together.
Browse through our useful resources: from lesson plans and reading tips, fun activities and tools for teachers.
Find out about all the prizes and awards that BookTrust is involved with.
Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-21: a role awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate their outstanding achievement.
Every year, we invite a notable figure to share their thoughts on the industry to an audience of authors, illustrators, publishers and influencers.
BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits. Find out more about the impact of our programmes and activities.
Our work supports every family in Wales from their child’s first year of life right through to the end of their Reception year in school, starting with the gift of two BookTrust books in the Bookstart Baby pack.
Through our reader development programmes and work as an arts organisation, BookTrust in Northern Ireland makes a positive impact on children, families and local communities.
Just one book can brighten a child's Christmas
Christmas can be hard for children who are vulnerable or in care, but your book gift can bring them joy
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Help us make a difference to children throughout the UK. We can all do a bit more when we're supported by our Friends.
'I hate reading. It's hard, often boring, and very lonely.' Get tips on how to encourage reluctant readers, and find out about the three things that changed everything for one writer.
Bookmark: books and disability
Find advice and book recommendations for families, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers.