World Literacy Foundation

Change The Story for Children This Christmas

This Christmas, UK Reads aims to give 6,000 children their first-ever books to help bridge the literacy gap that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1154264)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Four Acre Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


Over 400,000 children don’t own a single book at home. These children go to bed without a bedtime story. Due to the pandemic, there are now 4.5 million children living in poverty in the UK and illiteracy is the second biggest child concern after food poverty with 1 in 5 children unable to read. They are at serious risk of becoming illiterate adults. Illiteracy means a poorer quality of life and far less opportunities.


Giving children books of their own and igniting a passion for reading is at the core of what UK Reads does. This Christmas, we aim to gift 6,000 children with their first ever book which is also likely to be their only Christmas present.Your generosity has the power to help turn the page on illiteracy and change a child’s story forever. Please give what you can today. Thank you.

  • “It has given the family a project to enjoy and discuss together, it has encouraged parents to think about ways in which they can explore a story creatively.”

    — Teacher, Devon

  • “The project really inspired the children to write meaningful letters and the engagement was amazing!”

    — Teacher, Nottingham

  • “It was exciting and it was fun, you didn’t know what to expect. Charlie enjoyed it every week.”

    — Parent