Books Forever

Books Forever

Our Books Forever project helps transform the lives of local children through reading. Books change lives – books can inspire, encourage imagination and creativity, and help improve reading skills. We want to ensure that children can access books even when their families may be struggling.

Donate books for children affected by poverty in Manchester and Salford and help inspire a love of reading. 


Reading is dreaming with open eyes


How your donations will help

We work with local schools to organise our Book Roadshow events throughout the year, where we distribute free books to children for them to take home and keep. Books are also distributed to the children we support via our Family Basics project all year round.

Once a year we hold our Books Forever Appeal when we specifically appeal for brand new books. Your donations are important to us and we will continue to welcome donations of good quality second hand books the rest of the year, following the Appeal.

In 2023, we were able to distribute over 20,200 books to children through our Book Roadshows in local schools. Our incredible supporters are what makes this all possible – your donations can inspire a love of reading, and providing children with books can really change their lives.

Donate new books and help transform the lives of local children

How to support……

  • Donate brand new and great quality secondhand books for children aged 0-16 years (this year we particularly need books for ages 4-11)  –  both fiction and non-fiction
  • Organise a collection of books with your friends, family, community or work colleagues. Contact our fundraising team for help with posters, fundraising materials and guidance
  • Book donations can be dropped off in person or donated via direct delivery from online retailers to 26 Wood Street, Manchester M3 3EF. You can also book our van to collect from your chosen location.
  • You can also buy books from a selection of local independent book shops who will be happy to help you with your selection and you can pop in or order online – 

Abacus Books – 24 Regent Rd, Altrincham WA14 1RP

Chorlton Bookshop – 506 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AW

Urmston Bookshop – 72 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AB

Simply Books – 228 Moss Ln, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1BD

B for Butterfly Books – Emporium M33, 3-7 Tatton Rd, Sale M33 7EB

Usborne Books via Philippa Lyall

  • Take a look at our Books Forever Wishlist, there are some fabulous suggestions that will make it easier for you to choose.
  • Alternatively, you can fundraise for our Books Forever project (get in touch with our fundraising team for support!) or you can give securely online here.
  • Spread the word – share our project online using #BooksForever

If you would like to support us, please get in touch with our fundraising team at

If you are a local bookshop and would like to promote our Books Forever project and organise a collection with your customers, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact our fundraising team and we can send you posters and all the details you will need.