What we do

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

We are national in scale, working 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 find out more about our programmes, campaigns and awards.

Our programmes, campaigns and awards

Programmes and campaigns

Our projects and campaigns are designed to help families enjoy reading together.

Resources and activities

Browse through our useful resources: from lesson plans and reading tips, fun activities and tools for teachers.

Awards and prizes

Find out about all the prizes and awards that BookTrust is involved with.

Children's Laureate

Author-illustrator Lauren Child is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2017-19: a role awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

Impact and research

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.

BookTrust Cymru

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.

BookTrust Northern Ireland

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.

Wander into our world

Want to know more about who BookTrust is and what we do?

We've put together a guide to our programmes, campaigns and research so you can find out all about our work and the difference we make.

Download the booklet now

You might also like

Become a Friend

Open the magical world of books

Help us make a difference to children throughout the UK. We can all do a bit more when we're supported by our Friends.

Reluctant readers

Encourage reluctant readers to love reading

'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

Information on disability and children's books

Find advice and book recommendations for families, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers.