Give A Book

Leading to reading

Give a Book works in a targeted way on a project by project basis to help spread the pleasure of reading. Our main areas of work are in prisons and with children & young people throughout the UK. We provide books, book bags, pencils and notebooks to various projects benefitting adults and children.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1149664)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Dulverton Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • OtherOther


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • “The children are often seen reading to each other, and seeing their confidence grow is fantastic.”

    — Primary School teacher

  • "The families expressed absolute delight and amazement that anyone would give their child a book bag with a choice of book too"

    — Prison Family Day volunteer


Numerous studies show that poor reading skills are inextricably linked to economic disadvantage and reduced life possibilities. Give a Book aims to change this by working with others to inspire children & adults to read for pleasure. Reports show the long term and wide-ranging benefits of reading for pleasure. We provide targeted solutions to provide books to encourage an enjoyment of reading. Our main areas of work are in prisons and with disadvantaged children & young people across the UK.


We have identified that supporting reading projects for children from socially and economically disadvantaged areas is an effective way to tackle inequality of opportunity and reduced life possibilities. Our projects in schools and prisons provide children who often fail to engage with reading and its associated benefits with access to and engagement with books. Our projects supply specially chosen books, book bags, other reading and writing materials, expertise and volunteers where appropriate.