About Us

The Children’s Book Project

The Children’s Book Project is a registered charity. We work with settings across the UK to redistribute thousands of new and gently used books to children and their families.

Founder Liberty Venn is a researcher and parent of two children living in West London. In the course of her work with literacy-oriented charities and with children’s publishers she became aware of the positive role that early access to books plays in children’s development and in their outcomes.

She is passionate about helping children to enjoy books and to read for pleasure. Where children become immersed in stories and with characters, they enjoy themselves and without realising, their literacy improves.

At this point, children make the leap from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’. Suddenly reading material of all types presents ideas for discovery. Learning at school is hugely aided. Books become an exciting source of information as well as enjoyment.

Our Trustees

Ran Holst (Chair of Trustees)

Ran worked in commercial production and advertising for almost twenty years, latterly she was head of production of 2 production companies with a raft of international film directors, clients and complex logistical delivery expectations. She is Governor and co-comittee chair of her children’s outstanding primary in East London, whose profile closely matches those that the charity seeks to support.

Penny Mishcon

Penny is the Founder Director of The BookBox Press and has had a long involvement in publishing and book art. She has been responsible for the organisation of collaborative book making projects for Corporate Social Responsibility events for international companies and local businesses and has worked as a photographic stylist for publishers, magazines and commercial clients. She was a Managing Art Editor at Oxford University Press where she commissioned picture research, photography and illustration.

Chris Shepard (Treasurer)

Chris is a Partner in a City based accountancy and investment management firm. He has looked after the tax affairs of trusts and charities for thirty years, providing advice on philanthropy where relevant.

Colin Tucker

Colin is Head Teacher at a two-form primary school serving a diverse community in Uxbridge, West London, where many of the families value the opportunity to access additional books via their Pop Up Book Hut. He is a passionate and creative advocate of reading for pleasure and speaks regularly at education conferences.

Henry Yates (Secretary)

Henry runs a software business. He is Vice Chair of Governors at the primary school in North Kensington, West London where the first Pop Up Book Hut launched in 2004.

Awards and press

For press enquiries email liberty@childrensbookproject.co.uk.

April 2019Featured in North Ken News
March 2019Received a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister’s Office
June 2020Received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Sept 2020Received an RBKC Mayoral Award

How you can help

The charity is run on a voluntary basis and we welcome anyone’s involvement. Following are various ways in which you can get involved:

We are currently recruiting volunteers in the following areas. Click on the links to view each role outline.

Donor school coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above we would love to hear from you. Email Tracy at tracy@childrensbookproject.co.uk


We work closely with women’s groups, children’s centres and schools to gift gently
used books to children across the UK, forging links with settings whose communities
may benefit most from access to free books.


This year we will gift over 100,000 books to children via their schools and settings.
The vast majority of these come from families happy to find new homes for the
books their children have grown out of.

Please consider donating any new or gently used children’s books to us via one of our
Book Hubs in London or across the rest of the UK. We will help to ensure that these
are placed directly into the hands of those families that will benefit most.