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 is for every baby and pre-schooler and works with local services to distribute packs to parents and carers.

Bookstart Baby packs are usually delivered by your health visitor at around 8-12 months and the Bookstart Treasure pack through your child's early years setting at around 3 1/3 years old.

If you haven't received packs through these channels please do not hesitate to contact the Bookstart team or ask at your local library.

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