Welcome to 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.

In line with the rest of the UK our aim is to ensure that everyone has access to books in their home and is inspired to engage with the world of reading for pleasure and to improve their life chances.

What we do

Bookstart Baby

Every baby born in Northern Ireland receives a Bookstart Baby pack from their Health Visitor. Find out more about the programme, funded by the Department of Education.

ACNI Author Tours

Find out more about the ACNI Author Tours, which bring well-known authors and illustrators to communities that would not typically engage with the arts.

Time to Read

A free book for every Primary One child: find out how your school will receive the book and have fun with reading tips, activity ideas and book recommendations.

Supporting Families During the Pandemic

Find out how BookTrust NI helped families across the country to engage with books and storytelling during lockdown.

Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club aims to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy in children who are looked after, with fun parcels through the post.

Northern Ireland Partnerships

BookTrust NI is very proud to work in partnership with local organisations to help deliver our aim of getting children reading. Find out more about these partnerships here.

Get the latest from BookTrust Northern Ireland...

Read the latest BookTrust NI update

Find out about our On the Same Page conference, our partnerships delivering thousands of books to children across Northern Ireland, the new Children's Writing Fellow, author and illustrator tours and lots more...


News & features in Northern Ireland

BookTrust & Salvation Army help inspire a love of reading

BookTrust NI has teamed up with the Salvation Army to provide reading packs for vulnerable families in North Belfast.

McIlveen confirms funding for Bookstart Baby programme

A programme to encourage a love of reading in children from a young age is to be part-funded by the Department of Education.

BookTrust: Q & A with Dara McAnulty

As part of her Northern Ireland Stories Tour Sophie Kirtley, author of The Way to Impossible Island, interviews Dara McAnulty, author of Wild Child .

BookTrust HomeTime

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Go to the HomeTime hub