The Children’s Book Project tackles book poverty, giving every child the opportunity to own their own books. We are a grassroots, volunteer-powered charity, collecting new and gently used books from families and publishers and redistributing them to children growing up in poverty.
One in three disadvantaged children across the UK has fewer than ten books of their own at home, and one in ten has none. By age eleven, there is a 12-month language development gap between children from book rich homes books and those with fewer than ten books. Poverty is by no means the only reason for a lack of books in homes, lack of time, negative experiences as a child or lack of confidence in adult reading skills can all undermine a family’s tendency to own books.
Book ownership has been directly linked with improved mental health amongst children and a greater propensity to read for pleasure, whilst reading fluency itself has a significant impact on children’s successful progression through education. We run book gifting events that are inclusive, joyful and have a tangible impact on every family that participates. We ensure that all the new and pre-loved books donated to us are put straight into the hands of the children that need them most.