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Booktrust encourages reading across ages and cultures, bringing writers and readers together through book-gifting schemes like Bookstart. The organisation runs a range of websites, campaigns and book prizes, and offers advice and guidance to schools, parents and libraries. Booktrust is one of nine organisations resident at the Free Word Centre. Our funding contributes to core operating costs. 

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £355,000
  • 2013-2014: £365,000
  • 2014-2015: £385,000

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Malorie Blackman and Niamh Sharkey in conversation at Stormont, Belfast.

To finish her Stories Tour in Northern Ireland, UK Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman took part in an in-conversation event with Laureate na n-Og Niamh Sharkey, which was facilitated by Marie-Louise Muir. It took place in The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on Friday 21st March 2014, and was hosted by Basil McCrea, MLA.

Booktrust, Reading Changes Lives Conference, March 2014

Exploring links between reading and social mobility with panellists: Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman; Commissioner of Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Anne Marie Carrie; Former Education Secretary, Alan Johnson MP; Director of Research and Development, NIACE, Carol Taylor and Liam Fox MP.

Booktrust Children's Reading Fund Sleepover

Booktrust Children's Reading Fund Sleepover event at Waterstones Piccadilly (film by Dino Dimopolous)

Your top ten children's books!

We invited book fans of all ages to pick their ultimate books to read before the age of 14 from our list of the 100 best children's books from the last century. Here are the nation's top ten.

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Alan Johnson talks to Booktrust

Alan Johnson 'We must get books into children's hands'

BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Booktrust speaks to the shortlisted authors at the BBC National Short Story Award 2012 award ceremony about the inspiration behind their stories and what the form means to them.

Laura Dockrill's WOT

Booktrust's online writer in residence Laura Dockrill was joined by Malorie Blackman, Dawn O'Porter, Caitlin Moran and Dawn O'Porter for a very event celebrating children's books and inspiring female characters. Find out more at http://booktrust.org.uk/books/writing/online-writer-in-residence/laura-dockrill-women-on-top/

Interview with performance poet Raymond Antrobus

Booktrust's Anna McKerrow interviews performance poet Raymond Antrobus about spoken word education and his own work in schools.

Interview with performance poet Indigo Williams

Booktrust's Anna McKerrow interviews performance poet Indigo Williams about the role of performance poetry in schools.

Laura Dockrill on children's book inspirations

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill talks to Booktrust's Anna Loudon about the children's books that have inspired her as a writer, including books by Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak, J M Barrie and Dr Seuss

Laura Dockrill on keeping an ideas books

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill tells Booktrust's Anna Loudon about why all aspiring writers should keep an ideas book, journal or writing rough book, and suggests some tips for getting started.

Laura Dockrill talks about Darcy Burdock

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill talks to Booktrust's Anna Loudon about her latest book, Darcy Burdock

Laura Dockrill's writing tips

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill shares her writing tips for children and teenagers

The Ugly Duckling: with top tips

Find more fairy tale fun at www.bookstart.org.uk/duckling Got an older browser? Go to www.bookstart.org.uk/fairytales Read by Julie Hesmondhalgh for National Bookstart Week 2013

Malorie Blackman, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman was appointed as the eighth Children's Laureate at an event on 4 June 2013 at Kings Place in London. Here, she receives her medal and outlines her plans for her two years in the role.

Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2011-2013, closing speech

From the Children's Laureate announcement on 4 June 2013 at Kings Place. Julia Donaldson concluded her time as Children's Laureate 2011-2013 with this speech, before handing over to new Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

Children's Laureate Animation

Animated video created for the Children's Laureate announcement, 4 June 2013, where Malorie Blackman was announced as the Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Junot Diaz on winning The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013

Junot Diaz won The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013 for his story 'Miss Lora'. Booktrust web editor and author Nikesh Shukla spoke to Junot about the story, about his hangdog protagonist Yunior and about the film Red Dawn. An unnerving story of grief and high-school sex has won the world's most valuable short story prize. The American author Junot Díaz was presented with a cheque for £30,000 by novelist and prize judge Joanna Trollope at a ceremony last night at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival for 'Miss Lora', a tale set in 1980s New Jersey. Andrew O'Hagan, novelist and prize judge, said that the story 'has the feel of a contemporary classic' and that it 'echoes in the heart as well as the mind.' Junot Díaz - a 2012 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, or 'Genius Grant' - becomes the fourth winner of the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He saw off competition from a shortlist that included Booker shortlistees Sarah Hall and Ali Smith, and Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. They - and fellow shortlisted authors Toby Litt and Cynan Jones - each received £1,000. Junot Díaz joins a winners' circle of Kevin Barry, who won the Award last year with his story 'Beer Trip to Llandudno', American Anthony Doerr, who won in 2011 for his story 'The Deep', and New Zealander C K Stead, who won the inaugural Award in 2010 with 'Last Season's Man'. Junot Díaz is the author of Drown (1997) and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. His most recent publication (in which 'Miss Lora' appears) is This Is How You Lose Her (2012), a collection of linked narratives about love told through the lives of New Jersey Dominicans, as they struggle to find a point where their two worlds meet.He is the recipient of a PEN/Malamud Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Born in Santo Domingo, Díaz is also a professor at MIT.

James Patterson - Get Dads Reading

Bestselling author James Patterson talks about why it's so important to get dads reading

James Patterson supports the Children's Reading Fund

'We need to do more - parents especially - to get our kids reading. It's our job, not the school's job. If kids don't read their chances to grow and develop and have choices later in life are reduced significantly.' James Patterson, bestselling author, supports Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund. For too many children, life seems mapped out with no hope of educational, social or economic improvement. We want to change the story... This year Booktrust is launching the Children's Reading Fund, which is all about improving the life chances for disadvantaged children in the UK. Specifically targeting children aged between 4 and 11, the new fund will use books and e-books, CDs, games and performance to inspire children to engage more with reading and writing and thus to change their own story. http://www.childrensreadingfund.org.uk http://www.booktrust.org.uk http://www.jamespatterson.com

Booktime launch event 2012

As part of the national launch of Booktime 2012, the award-winning free books programme for reception-aged children, actress Tamsin Greig reads 'The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit' to pupils at The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy primary school in Southwark. Booktime has now gifted 9 million books to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading, http://www.booktime.org.uk

Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards ceremony 2012 - the children of Hawkes Farm Primary School

Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards ceremony, 6 November 2012, The Unicorn Theatre, performance by the children of Hawkes Farm Primary School

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 winner announced - the funniest book for children 0-6

Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards ceremony, 6 November 2012, The Unicorn Theatre, winner announced - the funniest book for children 0-6

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner announced - the funniest book for children 7-14

Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards ceremony, 6 November 2012, The Unicorn Theatre, winner announced - the funniest book for children 7-14

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