Bookstart is a national programme 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 and guidance materials 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.
Bookstart Bear Club
Children from birth to four year olds can join the Bookstart Bear Club online for free. It is a fun and engaging membership club for children and their families to explore stories, books and rhymes together.
Booktouch: for children with a visual impairment
If your child is blind or partially sighted you can ask for a free Booktouch pack, specially created for babies and children aged one to four years old.
Bookshine: for children who are deaf
If your child is deaf you can ask for a free Bookshine pack, specially created for babies and young children aged one to four years old.
If English is your second language, then dual language books are available to share with your pre school child.
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.