Help us make literature accessible for disadvantaged communities

Your support is the reason The Reading Corner can continue to provide schools and disadvantaged communities with tools to improve their literacy and communication skills. Your donations could pay for a child to have books to read, start to enjoy reading, and gain invaluable skills and confidence. They could fund a student going to university and getting a job when they leave school or provide a teenager from a marginalised group with a mentor to hone their skills at creative writing or illustration.

Why is literature so important for our nation?

Breaking the generational cycle

As a child, they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and as a parent they won't be able to support their own child's learning. This intergenerational cycle makes social mobility and a fairer society more difficult.


All children deserve to be represented in the books they read

A third of UK children do not see themselves reflected in books, with an even worse picture among poorer and minority ethnic readers. According to new research, a child’s socioeconomic circumstances affect their ability to see themselves in books, with 37.3% of children receiving free school meals saying they did not recognise themselves in what they read.


Increasing life expectancy

A boy born in Stockton Town Centre (which has some of the most serious literacy challenges in the country) has a life expectancy 26.1 years shorter than a boy born in North Oxford (which has some of the fewest literacy challenges)
A girl born in Queensgate, Burnley (which has some of the most serious literacy challenges in the country), has a life expectancy 20.9 years shorter than a girl born in Mayfield, Wealdon (which has some of the fewest literacy challenges)


Our membership levels & perks

Do you need more information?
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We have several donation channels. You can subscribe to donate every month with our different levels and perks, and stop any time you want, but you’ll lose your perks. You can also choose to donate once! All donations are welcome.

We are always looking for volunteers! We are constantly hosting events, building libraries or working on growing the organisation, and our volunteers make it all possible. Register here to become a volunteer. 

We have an amazing team of staff and many volunteers. You can meet the team here!

Unfortunately, The Reading Corner doesn’t have a space to store donated books right now, but we hear you and are working towards making book donations a reality/

Right now, our efforts revolve around helping children have regular access to literature. We are conscious of the need for books in other spaces in our society and hope to fulfill those needs soon.

Our research team looks for schools in low-income areas with high rates of drop-out students, low literacy levels and low transition into higher education. We then contact the school and find out what support they need and how we can help.

Help us reach our goal of 10 libraries built in 2023

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