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Book Trust

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

Video feed

Natalia ('What is that?')

Natalia Kucirkova, an associate of Booktrust and the Open University, reads this story aloud to children using an iPad.

Kate ('Doing the Animal Bop')

Watch Booktrust team member, Kate, bopping along with Jan Ormerod's rhyme

Sophie ('Owl Babies')

Watch Booktrust team member, Sophie, as she takes Martin Waddell's story and makes it her own

Lizzie ('Thesaurus Rex')

Watch Booktrust Stories Tour Project Manager, Lizzie Poulton, bringing Laya Steinberg's story to life

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Katie ('The Foggy Foggy Forest')

Watch Booktrust team member Katie telling Nick Sharratt's twist on fairytales

Lydia ('Beegu')

Watch Booktrust team member Lydia's performance of Alexis Deacon's story

Viv ('Rosie's Walk')

Watch Booktrust Chief Executive, Viv Bird, as she tells Pat Hutchins' classic tale

Justine ('Some Dogs Do')

Watch Booktrust team member, Justine, as she shares Jez Alborough's funny picture book

Bridget ('I Want a Party!')

Watch Booktrust team member Bridget's fun performance of this A Little Princess story from Tony Ross

Catherine ('The Big Hair Affair')

Watch top storyteller and author Catherine Vase in action as she tells her hilarious story of Lawrence the hairdressing Lion!

Hemi ('Bear's Birthday')

Watch top storyteller Hemi Yeroham in action with Stella Blackstone's classic story

Patrick ('The Elephant and the Bad Baby')

Watch top storyteller Patrick Ryan in action with Elfrida Vipont's classic story

Interview with BBC National Shory Story Award-Winner 2014 Lionel Shriver

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' author Lionel Shriver talks to Booktrust about winning this year's BBCNSSA and her winning story, 'Kilifi Creek'.

YALC 2014: I'm Too Sexy for this Book!

Queen of Teen James Dawson chairs a panel exploring sex and relationships in teen books, with authors Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Beth Reekles. For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

YALC 2014: Crossover - not just for kids

Authors Matt Haig, Anthony McGowan, Nick Lake and Meg Rosoff join the panel for this event exploring the wide appeal of books for young adults, chaired by David Maybury. For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

YALC 2014: Superfans unite!

Author Andy Robb interviews fellow authors (and superfans) Rainbow Rowell, Lucy Saxon and Tim O'Rourke at YALC 2014. For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

YALC 2014: It's the end of the world as we know it - the ongoing appeal of dystopia

Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015 and YALC curator Malorie Blackman kicks off YALC 2014 with this event exploring why dystopia is so popular in YA. Joining her are Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness and chair James Smythe. For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

YALC 2014: Regenerating the Doctor - reimagining famous characters

Author Steve Cole interviews fellow authors Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Andrew Lane, Patrick Ness and Marcus Sedgwick about taking on the challenge of writing about well-loved characters such as Doctor Who.For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

Malorie Blackman's YALC: highlights

Take a look at a few highlights from YALC - the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention, curated by Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman. For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

YALC 2014: Holly Black & Sally Gardner

Jonathan Douglas interviews authors Sally Gardner and Holly Black at 2014's Young Adult Lit Con (YALC). For more information see www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

Michael Morpurgo on the importance of children reading

The War Horse author talks about why it's important for children to be engaged with books.

Michael Morpurgo's Crusade in getting books in front of children

The Booktrust President talks about how it can be hard to get books that excite. He continues to say it's our duty to deliver books that excite the children of today.

Pori Dori Stori school case study, Eglwys Bach Primary School

Find out how one Welsh school is getting the most out of the Booktrust Pori Drwy Stori books and resources to benefit children and families.

Pori Drwy Stori astudiaeth achos, Ysgol Eglwys Bach

Pori Drwy Stori astudiaeth achos, Ysgol Eglwys Bach

Malorie Blackman's View from my Attic - YALC

Malorie Blackman reflects on the UK's first YA Lit Convention, YALC, which she curated as her major Children's Laureate project. Find out more at www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc

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Contact details

www.booktrust.org.uk

Book House, 45
East Hill
London
SW18 2QZ

51.457458, -0.18237

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