Around the world, millions of people are unable to fulfil their potential because of a basic lack of books and reading resources. Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

We understand the pleasure and opportunities that reading can bring and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.

About our work

Through ourĀ  network of partners, we supply around one million carefully selected, brand new books to public, community libraries, schools, refugee camps, hospitals, prisons and universities. Our work would not be possible without the generous support of publishers, who donate over 97% of the books we send.

We also run project and programmes which give teachers and librarians the skills to support readers, and children in particular, and transform their libraries into resources at the heart of their communities.

Our work in 2017 in numbers