Jack has never met the
Gruffalo's Child

Too many children in Scotland do not have books at home. Books bring magic, comfort and joy. Make sure no child misses out this Christmas. Donate now to give the life-changing magic of books to a child like Jack.

The Gruffalo's Child © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004 . Reproduced with kind permission of Macmillan Children's Books

Books for all

This Christmas will be a difficult one for many families. We want to spread some joy and create special moments by gifting books to families who are depending on food banks and community hubs over the festive season. Without books, children are missing out and the impact of this lasts a lifetime. Books bring families together, comfort children and inspire joy. For many families, the books Scottish Book Trust provides will be the only ones in their home. Everyone deserves a little bit of magic at Christmas.

Mum reading a book with child

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 Jack

By supporting Scottish Book Trust, you're helping families all over Scotland. Susan, an NHS Family Nurse, told us about one family's transformation through reading, 'The mum I worked with had a very difficult upbringing which resulted in being a looked after child.

When she was pregnant with her own child, Jack*, she could not understand the concept of reading to baby. After I delivered Bookbug Sessions … the mum decided to show Jack books and read them out loud. When Jack was 9 months old his mum still attended the library to obtain books and was asked by her family why she was reading to him. She stated that "my child will have better speech and language skills because I have read him lots of books". I was so proud of her and don’t think I could have hoped for a better outcome!'

(*Name changed to protect the identity of Jack and his family.)

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 magic, comfort and joy. Make sure no child misses out this Christmas. Donate now to give the life-changing magic of books to a child like Jack.

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