About Bookbuzz

About Bookbuzz

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that supports schools to inspire a love of reading by giving students the opportunity to choose and keep their own book. 

Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11 - 13-year-olds and selected by a panel of experts. The programme is aimed primarily at Year 7 and Year 8 students but can be extended to children of other ages.


Registration for Bookbuzz 2017-18 is now open.

Each Bookbuzz school receives:

  • A book and bookmark for every participating student to keep
  • Two sets of the Bookbuzz books for your school library and staff room. (Mainstream schools will receive 2 sets of all core titles. Special schools will receive 1 set of core, and 2 sets of accessible titles).
  • A guide to using Bookbuzz, including tips on how to launch the programme at your school, tools to support your planning and ideas for writing projects based on the Bookbuzz books.
  • Access to a website packed with a wealth of information for you and your students, including extracts from the books, a film featuring the Bookbuzz authors, downloadable resources and exclusive competitions.


A selection of the Bookbuzz books each year are also made available in accessible formats: braille and Giant print.

Value for money

Thanks to the support of children's publishers, schools are able to purchase the Bookbuzz programme at the greatly subsidised cost of £3.00 per participating student.


Further information

For more information about Bookbuzz in 2017-18, please see the Bookbuzz timeline.


Bookbuzz was launched in 2012, when over 200,000 students in almost 1,400 schools took part and got the buzz for books and reading. In 2013, this number grew to 220,000 students in over 1,450 schools.


The programme is run by BookTrust, the charity that changes lives through reading.

Registration is now open for Bookbuzz 2017-18

Register your Year 7 and Year 8 students for just £3 and get the buzz for books in your school.

Bookbuzz impact 2014-15

Bookbuzz impact 2014-15

In our 2014-15 Bookbuzz surveys, Bookbuzz Coordinators were very positive about the impact the Bookbuzz programme has had on students, with particular impacts reported for students' attitudes and frequency of reading and attitudes towards the library.