When a child becomes a reader they get the very best chance in life

Become a volunteer

"It's lovely to do something that you know makes such a huge difference for a child. I leave the school with a spring in my step! ” Help create readers by becoming a reading helper volunteer


Author: Emma Van Allan

Become a school partner

"It's the one intervention we would not be without" Become a Coram Beanstalk school and together we'll create readers for pleasure in your school


Author: Yoann Van Nuwenborg

Explore our resources

“If you want to give a child an unfair advantage, read with them” Explore our Book of the Month recommendations and other reading resources


Author: Emma Van Allan


of schools said they saw an improvement in general attitude to learning in the children receiving Coram Beanstalk's support

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Latest news and blogs

  • Coram Beanstalk shares six ways to help children choose reading this summer

    Ahead of the start of the school summer holidays, Coram Beanstalk has today published tips for parents to help children choose reading throughout the summer and beyond. The campaign is supported by parenting expert and coach Sue Atkins, who also volunteers as a Coram Beanstalk reading helper. Read more here... Read more

  • Coram Beanstalk reading helper wins 'Volunteer of the Year 2024' in Kent

    Long-standing Coram Beanstalk reading helper, Anne Salmon has been named as Volunteer of the Year in the Kent Teacher Awards 2024, organised by Social Enterprise Kent. Anne who has volunteered with us for 10 years was presented with the Maidstone District Volunteer of the Year 2024 award at a glittering ceremony at Ashford International Hotel. Read more

  • Coram Beanstalk volunteers attend the Queen's Reading Room Festival

    Last weekend, some of our reading helper volunteers were fortunate to attend the Queen's Reading Room Festival at Hampton Court Palace, as guests of our Patron, Her Majesty, Queen Camilla. Read more here... Read more

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  • 6 ways graphic novels encourage reading for pleasure

    Our friends at Parrot Street Book Club generously give us a 50p donation for every book they ship to their subscribers. Here, Emily Bright and Sarah Campbell, founders of the book subscription service for children, have written about the 6 ways in which graphic novels can encourage reading for pleasure! Read more

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    At Coram Beanstalk we're often asked how best to support children in specific year groups and sometimes we can find ourselves becoming overly concerned by a child’s reading age or ability and what level books they “should” be reading. Our Learning and Development Manager, Rebecca Pedelty-cox helps unpick the idea of a 'reading age'. Read more