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Every child reading for pleasure – Amy Harker

This blog is written by Amy Harker who manages the Letterbox Club at BookTrust. She writes about this innovative programme which supports looked-after children in need of books and reading inspiration. Further blogs from BookTrust can be found here.

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support as we believe that every child has the right to experience the joy of reading.

Children who enjoy reading have better reading outcomes. Reading also helps to develop imagination, creativity, empathy and wellbeing. However, we also know that not all children experience the benefits that a reading habit brings.
Books and stories should be an important part of childhood, and the Letterbox Club programme aims to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy in children who are looked-after.
Across the UK, over 11,000 children are enrolled for the Letterbox Club by their local authority or school. Each child receives their own colourful parcel to keep of books, number games, stationery and other high-quality materials once every month for six months. There are six different parcel sets to choose from for children aged three to 13.
For many children, it’s the first time they have had a parcel through the post and for some it’s the first time they have had books of their own.

‘I was so excited when I saw it on the table and I dropped my bags and opened it straight away! I loved it!’
Letterbox Club recipient
‘I would just like to thank you very much as I have a different girl when she receives these parcels, she will sit for hours playing, drawing, looking at the pictures in the story books. This helps with her reading.’
Foster carer

For more information about the Letterbox Club, please get in touch at

Want to know about other BookTrust programmes?

Bookbuzz helps schools to inspire a love of reading in Year 7 and 8 students. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 17 titles that are carefully selected by a panel of experts.

Plus, did you know that BookTrust provides a free set of books to secondary schools and special schools? Our School Library Packs include a collection of books and supporting resources to help schools create engaging, social reading experiences.

And not forgetting Spark, resources for special schools that aim to inspire a love of stories and books in children with additional needs through sensory stories.

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