Who we are
BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading.
BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because we know that reading can transform lives.
Our flagship programme Bookstart reaches every child in England and Wales in their first year.
Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners, and are supported with guidance to encourage the reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself. We are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout.
In this section
Find out more about our governance team, including our senior leadership team, our trustees, our patron and our president.
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.
Find out where our Bookstart programme has inspired other national and regional early years bookgifting schemes in the past two decades.
Meet the wonderful illustrators who have worked with BookTrust to create illustrations for our site.
See all the latest vacancies and find out how you could join the team at BookTrust.
Find out how to contact BookTrust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
100 best children's books
Check out our list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years: the ultimate booklist to read before you're 14.
Become a Friend
Help us make a difference to children throughout the UK. We can all do a bit more when we're supported by our Friends.