Helping children to love reading is crucial to developing literacy skills, wellbeing and life chances. Reading is the foundation for success and employment. It enables children to succeed at school, helps them develop broader skills, and leads to healthier, happier lives. Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries work tirelessly to improve literacy and life chances.


This Christmas, please make a donation to support our Book Gifting appeal


By donating to this appeal you will be helping to get books to children and families in Manchester who need them most during the deepening cost of living crisis. It will also support Manchester’s city-wide approach to building a safe, happy, healthy and successful future for all children and young people. 2022 has been a year dedicated to young people, ‘Our Year 2022 ‘, which is part of our journey to become a UNICEF UK Child Friendly City. A child friendly city is one where Children’s Rights are celebrated and recognised. By supporting this campaign you will be helping to support Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) – every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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To make a donation, please visit the appeal page on