Changing the lives of disadvantaged children
25% of children left primary school last year unable to read properly. This increases to 40% for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A love of reading can change their lives.
Giving children brand-new books
Through a series of fun events, we give disadvantaged children the opportunity to choose books that they can take home and keep. These are often the first books they have ever owned.
The programme has been running for over 20 years. In recent years, we have been awarded the the 2018 Charity Times Award 2018 for Corporate Local Involvement for our partnership with British Land and the Corporate Engagement Bronze Award 2017 for our partnership with WHSmith.
As part of the programme, schools and other partner organisations also receive training, ongoing support and membership of the National Literacy Trust. There is no cost to the schools, teachers or children for taking part and, wherever possible, expenses (including travel) are covered.
Success storyView detailsSt Mary's Bryanston Square School in London took part in our Young Readers Programme this year and saw positive changes in children's attitude towards reading Success storyView detailsSimms Cross Primary School in Widnes recently took part in our Young Readers Programme, in partnership with WHSmith. Success storyView detailsNine-year-old Tom took part in our Young Readers Programme at King’s Oak Primary School in New Malden, where he learnt ways to choose books he will enjoy.