Bookstart is a national programme by BookTrust, which supports and encourages parents to read with their children from an early age. Research shows that children who receive Bookstart packs are more likely to regard reading as their favourite activity.
The packs are filled with free books for children and guidance materials for parents and are available at different stages of your child's early development.
Bookstart Baby Pack
Baby packs are usually handed out by health visitors when your child is about eight months old during a check up at the clinic. If your child didn't receive a pack you can pick one up from your local library.
Bookstart Treasure Pack
These are for three to four year olds and are delivered through early years settings (nurseries, pre schools, playgroups) in the summer term. If your child doesn't go to an early years setting you can pick up a pack from your local library.
Booktouch: for children with a visual impairment
If your child is blind or partially sighted they can get a free Booktouch pack, specially created for babies and children aged one to four years old. You can ask your health visitor, early years (childcare) setting or library to contact the local Bookstart Coordinator to get one.
Bookshine: for children who are deaf
If your child is deaf they can get a free Bookshine pack, specially created for babies and young children aged one to four years old. You can ask your health visitor, early years (childcare) setting or library to contact the local Bookstart Coordinator to get one.
If English is your second language, then dual language books may be available for you to share with your pre school child. Ask your health visitor or library for a pack in your home language.
For more information about Bookstart and the different packs available visit the Bookstart website. You can also find tips and activity ideas to help with your child's development on our Learn with me web pages.