About Bookbuzz

About Bookbuzz

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from Book Trust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and develop a whole school reading culture.

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.

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
  • The Bookbuzz Guide to Reading for Pleasure, including a practical guide to creating a reading for pleasure school, evidence to support the importance of reading for pleasure, specific ideas using the Bookbuzz books, and activity sheets
  • 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.


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.


For more information about Bookbuzz in 2016, 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.

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.

This year's brilliant Bookbuzz books

Read about the list of the 17 books on the 2016-17 Bookbuzz list.