Bidding opens for the National Literacy Trust On The Shelf auction


The National Literacy Trust's On The Shelf auction offers the unique chance to name a character in a bestselling author’s future book. The auction, which will close at midnight on 30 March, features a host of brilliant authors who span children’s, young adult and adult fiction.

The authors will feature the winning bidder, or their friend or family member, in a forthcoming publication. Among the list of participating authors are:

  • Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman
  • Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child
  • Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell
  • Chocolat author Joanne Harris
  • Comedian, actor and young adult author Charlie Higson
  • Olympic medallist Sir Chris Hoy and co-writer Joanna Nadin
  • Man Booker Prize shortlisted author David Mitchell
  • Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo
  • Tom Gates creator Liz Pichon
  • Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon
  • Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope

The auction also offers original artwork from:

  • Creator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler
  • Steve Antony, author and illustrator of the award-winning Please Mr Panda and The Queen’s Hat picture books
  • Children’s picture book author and illustrator, Daisy Hirst

The proceeds raised will support a new initiative by the National Literacy Trust to transform school libraries across the UK, supplying them with a collection of diverse modern literature coupled with training for teachers to engage a new generation of pupils with books and reading.

Bestselling author Joanna Trollope, who is giving fans the chance to become a named character in her next novel, said:

“What could be more exciting for a book lover than to have their name immortalised in print? I am thrilled to be able to offer the chance to be part of my next book to help the National Literacy Trust’s campaign to transform school libraries.”

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