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On The Shelf auction

Become part of the story in the National Literacy Trust’s On The Shelf auction.

Leading children’s and adults’ authors are exclusively offering the chance to become a character in a future book for the National Literacy Trust’s On The Shelf auction, which is now open for bids.

A number of leading children’s and adults’ authors are taking part in the auction, including:

  • Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman
  • Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child
  • Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell
  • Chocolat author Joanne Harris
  • Comedian, actor and young adult author Charlie Higson
  • Olympic medallist Sir Chris Hoy and co-writer Joanna Nadin
  • Man Booker Prize shortlisted author David Mitchell
  • Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo
  • Tom Gates creator Liz Pichon
  • Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon
  • Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope

booksNational Literacy Trust research shows that a third of disadvantaged children leave primary school unable to read well enough to succeed in secondary school, severely reducing their chance of leading a happy and successful life. Proceeds raised through the auction will fund the charity’s work to give the children living in these deprived communities the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

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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.