Canterbury Imagine - Children|Books|Families


We are a registered charity and our registration number is 1149832.

Canterbury Imagine is a literacy charity. We believe literacy is a way out of poverty.

We affiliate to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and register under-5s in the Canterbury and Midland Road areas of Bradford.
They receive a FREE, QUALITY, AGE-APPROPRIATE BOOK through the post EVERY MONTH from birth until their 5th birthday. Canterbury Imagine also funds sessions for parents and carers to help them with reading with their children. 

*** LATEST BOOK FIGURES: *** In April 2017, 870 children on Canterbury and 425 in the Midland Road area are receiving free books through the post. There are also 81 children in the Canterbury area who are now part of the Better Start Bradford scheme, which was set up after the success of Canterbury Imagine. 

May 2017 - there's a link to a lovely blog from children's author Petr Horacek who returned to Canterbury children's centre. 

This cost-effective scheme aims to boost long-term literacy and life chances, and enhance parent/child bonding. It only costs £25 a year per child to receive 12 free books.

This lovely feature in The Big Issue in the North really captures what we do. Have a read here.

Have you seen us on BBC Look North with Bradford Literature Festival? Watch it here
Please check out the film and click on the 'DONATE' page to give a monthly direct debit to sponsor books for a child every month. Thank you. 

We are appealing for businesses and individuals to offer sponsorship so we can continue to grow in 2017 - please email us at if you can help. We have a little video about our work here:

And have you seen the Children's Commissioner's blog on how early years are at the heart of life chances? Read it here

Read all about our support from Bradford City Football Club

Our vision is to foster a love of reading among pre-school children because research shows that literacy skills do not just enable educational attainment, they underpin strong family relationships, better health choices and an individual’s capacity (and confidence) to gain employment - Literacy Trust Report.

Take a look at our video click HERE
See our progress or make a difference sponsor a child, donate or volunteer.
The Little Horton ward of Bradford, which includes Canterbury, has been among the 20 most deprived wards in the country.
Canterbury Imagine offers the opportunity to get lovely books into the home of every under five in Canterbury, Bradford boosting long-term literacy and enhancing parent child bonding.
The Canterbury estate
Canterbury Imagine is affiliated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
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