Please consider making a donation, using JustGiving below, to help Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival to raise money to give FREE books to children.

Books for Kids

The covid pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need for young people to engage in their education and learning and to be inspired. There is no greater damage to life chances than poor literacy. Reading can have both an immediate and long-term impact.

Bernadine Evaristo’s favourite book is not from the vast number she borrowed from her local library or read at school. It was a copy of Ballet Shoes which she owned as a child and still has on her bookshelf. Owning a book can fundamentally change a young reader’s relationship with books, but according to the National Literacy Trust Report 2022 1 in 5 children in some areas do not have a single book at home. We want to give more FREE books to children in East Devon.

Please consider donating to buy books

£5 for 1 book

£10 for 2 books

£20 for 4 books

£100 for 20 books

Donate with JustGiving:

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Number 1127885).

We have already distributed over 800 books across nine local schools and we are making provision to create book bundles to be donated to school libraries when they attend one of our Festival author’s events.

With your help, we can give a book of their own to as many children as we can in East Devon. Together we can help change the lives of children and transform their future.

We would like to do even more, so if you can help, please donate to the Festival’s Books for Kids initiative using the Just Giving link above.

Thank you!

‘The books you gifted to the children were incredibly well received – for some of those children that will probably be the first book they have ever owned and having it signed by the author will make it a treasured possession. The students were so enthusiastic the next day when I asked them what they thought about the opportunity. The whole event will be one they will remember for years to come and here’s hoping it may trigger a newfound love of reading in some of our most deprived pupils.”

St Peter’s School, Exeter after a visit from the award-winning author Patrice Lawrence