We are proud to have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to launch ‘Gift of Books”, a unique campaign in Greater Manchester. Our aim is to achieve one objective: reducing book poverty for the region’s most disadvantaged children.

National Literacy Trust research has found that 40,000 school children in Greater Manchester don’t own a single book at home. Children’s books are a pivotal part of growing up and we wanted to help local children fall in love with reading.

So we need you! Our “Gift of Books” campaign is calling on you and your spirit of generosity and asking you to to donate a favourite childhood book – complete with this printed note explaining why you want to share it. This in turn will be gifted to one of the 40,000 children in Greater Manchester who have no books of their own.

To help with this, we will have collection points pop up in the region between now and 31st August. See below for your nearest location.

Schools, local groups and community centres in Greater Manchester can register as a collection point by filling in the sign-up form.

Once the books have been gathered from the collection points, we will work with the National Literacy Trust to identify these children to ensure they are being placed in the right hands.


How To Donate

You can donate your Gift of Books  at the collection points below. Collection for books will start on March 1st until August 31st.

  • Cavendish Primary School, Cavendish Rd, Manchester M20 1JG
  • Democracy PR, 62 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EG
  • Cartridge Save Limited, 5-6 Gregson Road, Stockport, SK5 7SS
  • Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, Romiley, Stockport, SK64BN
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Lowry Drive, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5BR
  • The Star Inn Glossop, 2 Howard Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, Sk137dd
  • Summerville Primary School, Summerville Road, Salford, M6 7HB
  • Thorneyholme RC Primary School, Trough Road, Dunscop Bridge, Lancashire, BB73GB
  • Didsbury C of E Primary School, Elm Grove, Didsbury, M20 6RL
  • Bolton Boys Junior School, Park Road, Bolton, BL1 4RD
  • Marple Guide Hut, Brickbridge Road, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 7BQ

More collection points still to be confirmed. However if you’d like to donate now and the nearest point is too far away, email us at and we’ll sort something out!


Tell The Next Owner Why you Enjoyed Your Book

Download and print out your note slip to tell the new owner why you enjoyed your book so much.

Print Your Slip Here 

Why Donating The Gift of Books Will Make A Difference - 5 Key Stats

  • One in eight of the most disadvantaged children in Greater Manchester say they don’t have a book of their own at home
  • In England the median hourly wage of workers with the highest levels of literacy is 94 per cent higher than for workers who have the lowest levels of literacy
  • Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background
  • Low levels of literacy cost the UK an estimated £81 billion a year in lost earnings and increased welfare spending impacting on the economy as a whole
  • Literacy has been found to have a relationship with depression. 36 per cent of those with low literacy were found to have depressive symptoms, compared to 20 per cent of those with the highest levels of literacy

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    The National Literacy Trust

    The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Their aim is to tackle literacy issues in communities across the UK where low levels of literacy are seriously impacting on people’s lives.

    The National Literacy Trust and Manchester City Council work together to promote reading and boost literacy throughout the city with the Read Manchester campaign. Between them, they raise the profile of Manchester libraries and have given away thousands of free books to children in the city. Our “Gift Of Books” campaign falls perfectly in line with this and what they are trying to achieve within Manchester.

    Jonathan Douglas, Director at the National Literacy Trust, says: “The “Gift Of Books” campaign is an absolutely brilliant way to encourage children in Greater Manchester to fall in love with reading. We hope that people across the region will get behind this project so we can donate as many books as possible to those in need.”

    About Read Manchester

    Read Manchester brings together a range of partners to raise awareness of the importance of reading and its power to transform children’s lives, by galvanising a range of partners from the community, including schools, businesses, libraries and public services.