Brilliant Box of Books!

At Read for Good, our dream is for every child and young person in the UK to fall in love with reading for pleasure and to experience the life-long benefits it brings.

Help your children fall in love with reading by applying for a Brilliant Box of Books! Read for Good’s expertly curated Brilliant Box of Books offers children and young people access to a diverse range of brand new books. From the latest award-winning fiction and non-fiction to bestselling graphic novels, our aim is to offer instant excitement, escapism and adventure. We want to gift the books that will get them reading, for good! For more bookish inspiration, visit our Books We Love page or check out our author event archive.

“It’s special when books are a gift, it somehow imbues them with a magical power” ~ Andy Seed, 2023

All applications are subject to funding & availability so you may not hear from us for a while. School applications are reviewed every term.

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Our study of schools’ reading for pleasure stock.

In schools

Informed by the research found higher up on the page, we invite all UK schools in need of reading for pleasure material to apply for a Brilliant Box of Books. Each box contains a fabulous selection of new books and comics to revitalise library spaces or replenish classroom bookshelves. The books and comics contained in each box are tailored towards the age range of the pupils in each school, making them enticing and accessible.

Applications are assessed against various criteria, including:

  • Pupil Premium levels
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) rates
  • Enthusiasm for literacy and reading for pleasure

In community settings

UK medical and community settings working with children and young people can also apply for a Brilliant Box of Books containing a variety of specially selected new books and comics. Examples of community settings are hospices, pupil referral units, foodbanks, and refuges, but we welcome applications from every community setting that works with disadvantaged children and young people.

We compare applications using several factors, including:

  • Local literacy levels
  • The possibility of long-term collaboration
  • Enthusiasm for literacy and reading for pleasure

We have made the application form as simple and quick as possible, recognising that you probably have better things to do with your time then fill in forms! However, the information you provide is vital to help us secure funding and books to support more settings like yours in the future.

‘Bookmark’ the URL to save your progress on the application form part-way through (on Windows devices, click Control D to save the link, and go to your Bookmarks bar to re-open it.