Two young girls being read to by a member of library staff

Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents to share and enjoy books with their children, from as early an age as possible.

Bookstart aims to provide a free pack of books to every baby in the UK, to inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

Sharing books with babies and toddlers is a wonderful way to increase language skills and helps children to understand their world. Parents are children's most important teachers, shaping the way they learn. The intimacy of book sharing can strengthen bonding between parent and child.

Research also shows that babies and toddlers who love books begin reading sooner and go on to fare better at school, in all areas of the curriculum.

We believe children are never too young to start loving books!

How Bookstart works

Bookstart Baby packs are usually given out at around 8 to 12 months by your health visitor.

If you haven't received a Bookstart Baby pack please do not hesitate to contact the Bookstart team or ask at your local library. You do not have to join the library to receive a Bookstart pack.

Bookstart Baby Pack

Bookstart baby pack Bookstart - Share Stories Together

Your Bookstart Baby Pack contains everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby.

Each Bookstart Baby Pack includes:

  • a carefully chosen, engaging board book
  • a colourful finger puppet
  • an information leaflet – full of tips and guidance about sharing books and rhymes with babies

Bookshine, Booktouch and Bookstart Star

Bookstart is for every child, and offers packs for children with additional needs

Bookshine pack Bookshine - for children who are deaf
Booktouch pack Booktouch - for children with a visual impairment
Bookstart Star pack Bookstart Star - for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

Please ask your health visitor for more information on how you can get a Booktouch, Bookshine or Bookstart Star pack.

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