Doorstep Library Network

Improving children’s life chances through reading

Reading creates transformational opportunities. It empowers young people to create the future they deserve by developing the skills they need to be able to reach their full potential. Fighting inequality in education since 2010, we bring the gift of books and the joy of reading directly into homes.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 June 2022 to 12:20 PM, 28 June 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1158197)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


The reading skills of children from less affluent backgrounds are on average almost three years behind those from the most affluent homes by the time they leave compulsory schooling. Lockdown and the pandemic have accelerated educational inequality at an alarming rate - in the summer of 2020, only 43% of disadvantaged pupils in primary school had met age related expectations for reading, compared to 63% of their peers. We work to ‘level the playing field' by encouraging reading for pleasure.


Children who read for pleasure at a young age feel the benefits now and throughout their lives. Once a week, after school, our volunteers will provide regular, personalised reading sessions, in homes or via our Online Reading Corner. Trained volunteers will deliver interactive sessions with parents and children, supporting them in discovering inspiring stories together and instilling a life-long love of reading. We aim to expand both our delivery models to work with as many families as possible.

  • "Matt just won’t stop reading – he will take a book to bed with him and ask me – Mum can’t I have ten more minutes! When I go to check on him he is often asleep with his book next to him on the pillow. He loves to read the books you bring.”

    — Parent

  • Mother: "Getting books regularly from you is amazing because my daughter is always reading…in fact some times when she should be asleep I go into her room and I find her sneakily reading!" Daughters Response: "But reading is a good way to unwind and calm my brain from the days activities!"

    — Mother and daughter

  • "Mum mentioned to volunteers that teachers at her child's school had asked whether she had been getting private tuition for him for reading because he had improved so much! She said no, it's from Doorstep Library visits."

    — Volunteer