Letterbox Club: Helping schools to inspire a love of reading in their vulnerable children

With 1 in 8 disadvantaged children not owning a single book at home, BookTrust’s Letterbox Club is helping schools to support families, inspire pupils’ love of reading, and meet literacy goals
Excitement: Teacher and pupils delving into the Letterbox Club parcels from BookTrust (all images: BookTrust)

Not every child has access to books and enjoys reading for pleasure at home. For families struggling with finances and the cost-of-living crisis, books can be a luxury that they just cannot afford – even when they care passionately about their children’s education.

Indeed, a study last year found that 1 in 12 (8.6%) children and young people do not own a single book at home, rising to 1 in 8 (12.4%) for those who are disadvantaged.

It also found that among the youngest pupils, aged 5 to 8, almost 1 in 5 (19.2%) did not have a single book at home (Picton & Clark, 2023).

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