Canterbury Imagine - Children|Books|Families

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

Bradford Chamber of Commerce President's charity 2017-8

If you saw us on BBC Look North on 18th July 2017, please have a look at our donation page to help. Thank you. 

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

Our book-gifting charity registers under-5s in the Canterbury and Midland Road areas of Bradford.

They receive a FREE, HIGH QUALITY, AGE-APPROPRIATE BOOK through the post EVERY MONTH from birth until their 5th birthday.

We do this by affiliating to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Canterbury Imagine also works with children's centres and others to help parents and carers with reading with their children. 
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.


*** LATEST BOOK FIGURES *** In August 2017, 827 children in the Canterbury area of Bradford are receiving free books through the post. There are also 133 children in the Canterbury catchment (in Little Horton ward) who are now part of the Better Start Bradford scheme, which was set up after the success of Canterbury Imagine. A total of 960 children are this month receiving books in that catchment area.
In August 2017, 456 children in the Midland Road area of Manningham are also receiving free books.

*NEW* June 2017 Email for a copy of our IMPACT REPORT.

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

This fantastic 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. 

Can YOU help? 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:

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, and the Midland Road area of  Manningham, 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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