Project information

Reading Matters

The importance of reading during childhood is impossible to deny. Numerous studies show that poor reading skills are inextricably linked to economic disadvantage and reduced life possibilities. Give a Book aims to help change this by inspiring children to pick up and enjoy reading a book.

1 year

Charity information: Give A Book

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  • Need


    Low literacy is related to unemployment, lack of aspirations, poor physical and mental health.
    Basic literacy is understood to be essential to future well-being. 70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties in basic literacy skills. 25% of young offenders have reading skills below the average level. Our project aims to ensure that children from all backgrounds are introduced to reading from a young age, and have the opportunity to gain an enjoyment of reading.


    Ensuring that primary school children are offered books, libraries, and encouragement to read is the best way to make sure all children can access the best reading opportunities.
    Our project will provide books for initiatives which champion reading for pleasure: Breakfast Book Clubs, Bookclubs in Schools, Doorstep Library, and new Reading Spaces. Each initiative gives books to children who, for various reasons, may not have been encouraged to read and discuss their reading before.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Expand Breakfast Book Clubs


    » Magic Breakfast provide nutritious breakfasts to primary school children. Give a Book sends books along for children to have with their breakfast.

    What success will look like

    Success will be implementing Breakfast Book Clubs in further primary schools, focussing on schools with high numbers of children eligible for pupil premium.

    Aim 2

    Supporting Book Clubs in Schools (BCIS)


    » We will help BCIS provide books, book club mentors and training materials to run peer-to-peer reading and discussion groups in secondary schools.

    What success will look like

    BCIS are designed to provoke discussion and peer-to-peer dialogue about the books children read together. Success will be feedback from the participants confirming this result.

    Aim 3

    Reading Spaces


    » We rejuvenate libraries and create reading spaces in schools which need them, to help schools engage their pupils in reading for pleasure.

    What success will look like

    We have previously created a reading room at Avondale School, and a Library at Ashburnham Primary. Success will be creating further spaces which will benefit children.

    Aim 4

    Supporting Doorstep Library


    » We will give more books to Doorstep Library, who send their volunteers to visit families in London with books to read and lend.

    What success will look like

    In 2016, we helped Doorstep to buy books which benefitted 400 children, given out by 80 volunteers. Success will be expanding the reach of the volunteers to further families.

  • Impact


    This project will present children with books in an encouraging environment, offering them a chance to read and discuss books with peers. Many of the children we will help in the project are from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who often have no access to books or writing materials at home. The long term impact will be an increase in children reading for pleasure, which is closely linked to improved literacy levels. Success will be measured through surveys from the schools


    There is a risk that some of the schools and other organisations we involve in the projects could decide they are unable to participate, for various reasons. The way we have dealt with this risk is by communicating regularly with the schools and making sure they know what is involved from the beginning of the project. We work with schools which are dedicated to improving literacy and reading for pleasure, to ensure that the project has the best chance of success.


    Donors will be able to follow the progress of our projects via blog posts on our website and social media, and in our monthly mailout. We will also provide a report with feedback from the schools and organisations involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Stationery Give a Book notepads, pencils and bookmarks
      £6,000 New Books Buying new books for children to read and keep.
      £1,000 Library resources We will help supply the other essential resources for setting up a library
      £1,000 Administration Administration and running costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Morrisons £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be based in schools throughout England, based on which schools and children are in need of support.


    We support schools with an above average percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals. Children who may lack access to books at home, or who haven't been encouraged to read before, will benefit from this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have experience giving books to people who need them. By making the most of our existing relationships with other organisations, this project is an excellent way of efficiently supporting more children and schools. We have already run pilot schemes for each of the different elements of this project, and are confident that we can repeat and build on these successes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Victoria Gray

    Executive Director

    Adeela Khan

    Director of Projects

70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties in basic literacy skills.

National Literacy Trust