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Help a child fall in love with reading this Valentine’s Day

We want every child to fall in love with reading this Valentine’s Day. A love of reading can transform a child’s future, helping them do well at school, get a good job and live a happy and successful life.

Our research shows that children who enjoy reading are far more likely to do better at school than children who don’t. One child in seven in the UK does not have a book of their own, and thousands of children each year are leaving primary school without the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

How can I help my child fall in love with reading?

  • Let your child choose what they want to read. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a comic, a magazine or a football annual – reading is reading and it all matters.
  • Encourage your child to love reading by picking up a book yourself. Having an adult role model who enjoys reading shows children the value of books.
  • Give your children books of their own. Children who own books enjoy reading more, read more frequently and do better at school.

If you want to find out more about how you can help your child fall in love with reading, visit our Words for Life website, which is full of tips and support for encouraging reading for pleasure.

How can I support the National Literacy Trust’s work?

At the National Literacy Trust, we support children in some of the UK’s most deprived communities to develop a love of reading from an early age, giving them the literacy skills they need for the best possible start in life.

We rely on your generous support to continue our work with disadvantaged families across the UK. A small donation each month will help us reach the children and families who need our support the most, when they need it most. You can change a child’s life story today.

  • £15 – will enable us to give books to children in deprived areas of the UK – often the first books they will have ever owned.
  • £25 - will give family literacy packs to parents with new born babies on neo-natal wards, helping them to bond with their babies through reading.
  • £50 – will help train a volunteer to work with parents of young children to develop their early literacy and communication skills.
  • £100 - or more will help set-up more National Literacy Trust Hubs to create long-term change in areas of the UK where low levels of literacy are entrenched and intergenerational.

Donate today and help change a child’s life story.

Donate today

And help change a child's life story.


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.