Iona has never spent Christmas with Mog

Too many children in Scotland do not have books at home. Books bring magic, comfort and joy. Donate now to give the magic of books to a child like Iona.

Illustration copyright © Kerr-Kneale Productions Ltd 1970.

Books for all

The only books that children like Iona have are the ones given to them by Scottish Book Trust. Because of the cost-of-living crisis, 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 broaden their horizons.

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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Gift the magic of books

This Christmas, you can shop with us for gifts and donate on behalf of others – receiving a digital gift certificate to share with your loved ones. You can also browse our new range of Bookbug merchandise including soft toys, stickers and a colouring book. All proceeds support our charity, giving the magic of books to the children and families who need it most.

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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, visit our shop(this will open in a new window), 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 and return it to supportercare@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

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 2021–22:

  • Reached all 32 local authorities in Scotland, from the Highlands to the Western Isles. 
  • Gifted over 335,000 bags with books, activities and resources to support children and families across Scotland. 
  • Delivered training sessions to over 3,600 teachers, librarians and other learning professionals.  

  • 141 titles by our New Writers Awards alumni have been published since 2009
  • 124,000 children across Scotland were inspired through live events with authors & illustrators in 2021–22
  • 900,000+ books are gifted to Scottish families, nurseries and schools annually
  • 17,000 people reached through over 750 free Book Week Scotland events in 2021

Too many children in Scotland do not have books at home. Books bring magic, comfort and joy. Donate now to give the magic of books to a child like Iona.

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