They can change the world. Give them the books they need to do it.
16 to 24 is an important time in a person's life. It's a formative time, where they begin to make big decisions, discover their identity, and figure out their place in society. Whether they're applying for university, exploring careers, or simply enjoying their lives, young people need books. They need books that help them learn life skills, books that encourage empathy, understanding and inclusivity, and books that provide entertainment and escape. This is essential to enable young people to be the person they want to be, and to make the world better for all of us. That's where National Book Tokens come in.
National Book Tokens…
- enable young people to choose their own books – people are more likely to read books they've picked out themselves
- help students budget for university books
- encourage reading for fun, shown to benefit mental wellbeing and boost happiness
- support local bookshops and economy, and can be spent online
- are printed on sustainable FSC-certified board instead of plastic*
Win! £1,000/€1,200 of National Book Tokens can buy all the fiction, travel guides, non-fiction, cookery books, and academic texts a young person needs. If you win, not only will their reading list be sorted, you'll also get a £50/€60 National Book Token for yourself to say thanks (although we're sure they'll remember to do that, too).
To nominate a 16-24 year old, simply complete the form below.
This competition has now closed. Scroll down to see who the winner is.
Non-readers are 28% more likely to report feelings of depression, so National Book Tokens will also donate £250 to Young Minds, the leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Even though books can be a welcome escape when life gets tough, 80% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic had made their mental health worse. Find out more at youngminds.org.uk.