Booktrust to replace Booked Up with paid-for scheme

Booktrust to replace Booked Up with paid-for scheme

Book charity Booktrust has halted its free book gifting scheme for schoolchildren in years seven and eight, Booked Up, replacing it with new programme Bookbuzz which charges schools £2.50 for every child taking part.

A spokesperson for the charity said the changes were due to the "significant" cuts to its funding last year. The spokesperson said: "We had quite significant cuts from the department for education last year, and we had to make some significant decisions over which programmes we wanted to continue, which we felt we had to stop, and which we wanted to continue but in a slightly different form."

Bookbuzz will provide a choice of 17 titles for schoolchildren in years seven and eight, with each school to pay £2.50 for each child they sign up to the scheme. A free School Library Pack is also part of the new offering, which will include fiction and non-fiction titles for the school library, and staff resources to help create a reading culture, with funding from the Department for Education and support by children's book publishers. Registration opens on Friday 23rd March.

Booked Up ran from 2007 to 2011, distributing more than 3.25m books to children in England over that time.