To Isla, there really is
no such thing as a Gruffalo

Too many children in Scotland do not have books at home. Books bring families together, comfort children, and inspire joy. Donate now to give the life-changing magic of books to a child like Isla.

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 1999. Reproduced with kind permission of Macmillan Children's Books

Books for all

For many children in Scotland, the only books they have are the ones they are given by Scottish Book Trust. Since the pandemic, the situation has worsened. Without books, children are missing out and the impact of this lasts a lifetime. Books bring families together, comfort children, and inspire joy. They help children understand the world, do well at school and open doors to the future. Thank you for supporting our Christmas Appeal. Watch a special thank you film with our CEO.

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Sharing the joy of books

Scottish Book Trust delivers programmes and outreach work designed to support a love of reading in children, families and adults through all life stages. Your donations will help deliver more life-changing work. This includes creating specialised kits to support families to share stories, songs and rhymes with their children, sending tactile books to children with additional support needs, and gifting books to families who need them most through food banks and community hubs.

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Help children like Isla

By supporting Scottish Book Trust, you’re helping children like Isla. Laura Robertson, a Senior Early Years Officer at a nursery in Fife, shared Isla's story with us.

'I've known baby Isla* since she was six weeks old. Before lockdown when Isla was just about to turn three, Isla's gran, a child minder and huge fan of Bookbug, had been attending Bookbug song and rhyme sessions at our nursery and at her local library. However, Isla was struggling. She had no communication or language skills, she wasn’t interacting with the other children and had been referred to a Health Visitor. Other children in the class were already talking, playing with one another and shouting out which book they’d like to hear. Her mum and gran said she was 'not a child that easily smiles'…'

Read Isla's story

Other ways to support

There are lots of ways that you can support people in Scotland to reach their potential through reading and writing. You can fundraise for us, subscribe to our newsletter, join The Book Club, donate by post or text and leave us a gift in your will. If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim gift aid on your donation – boosting your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate – if you download a gift aid form(this will open in a new window) and return it to supportercare@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

Mum reading a book with child

How you've helped

With your support, Scottish Book Trust aims to help everyone in Scotland access books and all the benefits they bring through reading and writing. Here's just some of what we accomplished together in 2020–21:

  • Reached all 32 local authorities in Scotland, from the Highlands to the Western Isles
  • Gifted more than 100,000 books, activities and resources to children to support home learning during the pandemic
  • Delivered training sessions to over 4,400 teachers, librarians, parents, carers and other learning professionals

  • 125 titles by our New Writers Awards alumni have been published since 2009
  • 55k children across Scotland were inspired through live events with authors and illustrators
  • 935k+ books are gifted to Scottish families, nurseries and schools annually
  • 292k people reached through over 400 free Book Week Scotland events in 2020

Too many children in Scotland do not have books at home. Books bring families together, comfort children, and inspire joy. Donate now to give the life-changing magic of books to a child like Isla.

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