About the 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.

Find out about the Letterbox Club in  Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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 the Letterbox Club and how important it was for her foster sister, Annie, to receive post.

For more information about the 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.

More about the Letterbox Club

Parcels

The Letterbox parcels contain books, maths games and stationery for children and young people to keep. Each year, the books in the parcels are selected by an independent panel of experts.

Patrons and supporters

Letterbox Club, a reading programme for children who are looked-after, is grateful for the help of its many patrons and supporters – including Dame Jacqueline Wilson and the Rt Hon Alan Johnson.

Letterbox Club in Wales

The Welsh Government provides funding for a set number of children to participate in the Letterbox Club each year. Find out more and look inside the book parcels.

Letterbox Club in Scotland

The Letterbox Club reaches children who are looked-after in Scotland, funded by via subscription from 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. Once signed-up each child receives their own colourful parcel of books, maths games, stationery every month for six months.

How to sign up

Registration to the Letterbox Club is now closed for 2018, but here's how you can find out more and get in touch with us.

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