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About the programme

The Young Readers Programme motivates children and young people to read for enjoyment. Children take part in a series of fun literacy-focused events which help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to develop their own identities as readers. 

The children taking part in the project are taught book choice strategies and are able to choose free books of their own to keep at three events throughout the year, thus sustaining their positive experiences of books and reading. The third event is typically in an external book-related space, such as a library, shopping centre or book shop and where possible we also facilitate a storyteller or author event as part of the project.

The Young Readers Programme also supports teachers and schools; we train practitioners around reading for enjoyment and give them the tools they need to deliver a successful Young Readers Programme project in their school. Membership of our online network provides further opportunities for professional and school development, including audit tools and classroom resources. We also support schools through new books for the main library or a classroom library where funding allows. 

Since 1996 the programme has given over 1 million books to almost 375,000 children.

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Young Readers Programme participants are members of our Network: access amazing literacy resources, support and planning tools.

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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.