Change a child’s life story this Christmas

Boy reading Christmas

1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t have a book of their own. By the time they are teenagers, these children will be years behind their peers in the classroom – an inequality most won’t recover from. But with your support, we can make a difference. 

By donating to the National Literacy Trust this Christmas, you could give a disadvantaged child their first ever book and set them on the path to a brighter future. 

We transform lives through literacy. We help children and families from the UK’s most deprived communities develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they need to live happy and successful lives. 

Make a difference this Christmas

  • £5 could give a disadvantaged child their very first book 
  • £15 could give a child in hospital a special gift of books, activity sheets, a colouring book and more
  • £50 could provide a family with the literacy skills they need to escape a life of poverty
  • You can give a disadvantaged child the gift of reading all year round by giving a regular monthly donation of £5 or more.


Other ways you can make a difference this Christmas

Send a National Literacy Trust Christmas card 

Give a disadvantaged child the gift of reading this Christmas by sending your nearest and dearest a Christmas card from the National Literacy Trust.

Make a donation in the name of a loved one and we'll send them a handwritten card. Make sure you include the recipient's name in the ‘reason for donating’ box. We'll contact you asking you to choose from two unique designs.

Christmas cards

A beautiful illustration by Jarvis from Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toth, published by Walker Books.
© 2017 Jarvis

An exclusive design from Jeremy Banx, the award-winning cartoonist whose cartoons frequently appear in the Financial Times and Private Eye.
© 2017 Banx.


Christmas book sale and gift wrapping service

Join us on 7 and 18 December in London Bridge City's festive market, Christmas by the River, where we will be selling books generously donated by Hachette and Nosy Crow. We will also be offering a gift wrapping service in return for donations. We will be wrapping gifts from 11am - 7pm. 

Find out more about Christmas by the River.

Thank you to our friends at Hachette Children's Group and Nosy Crow for their generous support.


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LLiteracy Toolkititeracy Toolkits

Help children in your local community fall in love with reading this Christmas with a Literacy Toolkit.

Each Literacy Toolkit is filled with:

  • 50 books to inspire children and young people to read
  • Activity sheets and resources for schools to use in the classroom and for children to take  home
  • Top tips to help schools raise awareness about the importance of reading among parents and the local community
  • National Literacy Trust membership for one local primary school for a whole year. National Literacy Trust membership is a one-stop shop for improving literacy in schools, providing access to inspiring teaching resources, school improvement tools, free online training courses and much more.

 Giving the gift of a Literacy Toolkit this Christmas is a simple way to make a difference to your local community and show your commitment to raising literacy levels all year round.

Companies can donate £650 for one Literacy Toolkit. Or you could encourage your colleagues to come together and raise funds for two, three or maybe four toolkits to give even more local children the gift of reading, which will last them a lifetime.