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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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 Drwy Stori 2014

About Booktrust's Pori Drwy Stori reading programme for foundation-stage children in Wales. Welsh with English subtitles.

Pori Drwy Stori school case study

Find out what a difference the Booktrust Pori Drwy Stori reading programme is making to children and parents at Penclawdd School in Wales.

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

National Bookstart Week 2014

Interviews, footage and photos from events around the country during National Bookstart Week 2014 (9-15 June)

Booktrust - London Book Fair 2014 highlights

See what Booktrust got up to at the London Book Fair 2014: Running a programme of seminars, presenting the latest reading habits research and generally spreading the word about our work.

Kim Scott Walwyn winner interview - Anne Perry

This year's Kim Scott Walwyn award-winner talks about her role at Hodder &Stoughton, what it was like to win the award and why prizes like this are important. Find out more about the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize by visiting

Winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

An interview with Hassan Blasim, author of The Iraqi Christ, and his translator Jonathan Wright fresh from their win of the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

Booktrust, 'Line of Fire' school event with Barroux

Barroux: author of 'Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier', talks to students at Marlybone C.E. School at an event organised by Booktrust, in partnership with publisher Phoenix Yard Books, as part of our work to support children's books in translation. London - February 2014

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 - Adam Johnson interview

The author of this year's winning story speaks about the inspiration for 'Nirvana', what it feels like to win and how Barack Obama could aid his story. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is managed by reading charity Booktrust; for more information about the prize visit:

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.

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Contact details

Book House, 45
East Hill
SW18 2QZ

51.457458, -0.18237

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