Book Trust - Inspire a Love of Reading

Waterstones and BookTrust

Changing Lives Through Reading

Waterstones have been working with BookTrust since 2013 to help make sure that nobody misses out on the life-changing benefits that reading can bring.

As a founding partner of BookTrust’s Children's Reading Fund campaign, our shops and booksellers have been involved in a number of fundraising and awareness raising initiatives. Since the partnership began we have raised well over £200,000 to support BookTrust’s programmes, including the Letterbox Club to help improve the educational outlook for children in care. 

We continue to work closely with BookTrust on everything from fundraising to the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, highlighting the importance of reading for pleasure and helping transform lives by getting children and families reading.

Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust:

“We know that children who enjoy reading have better life outcomes - in fact, reading enjoyment is more of an indicator of life chances than socio-economic background. Children who love reading do better at school, are more confident, and are more emotionally resilient. BookTrust works with health visitors, libraries, schools and early years settings to ensure that every child has access to stories. Thanks to the support of Waterstones booksellers and customers we can continue our vital work bringing books, advice and intensive support to children and families who need us most. Thank you Waterstones.”

For more information about our partnership please contact [email protected] or visit   

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