Bookstart gifts free books to children to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading. For hints and tips on how you can have fun sharing stories with your child visit the Bookstart Family Hub
Bookstart Baby packs are gifted free to all babies before they turn one by your health care professional. The content varies, but will include a board book, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age.
If English is not your first language, you may be able to get a book in another language as part of your Bookstart packs. Please ask your health care professional about availability.
Packs for children with additional needs
Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-5 years old) are for children who are blind or partially sighted. Each pack has two touch-and-feel books and guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.
Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3-5 years old) are for children who are deaf. Each pack has two books, a rhyme place mat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books. The Toddler pack includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language and the Baby pack includes a BookTrust keyring.
Bookstart Star is for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills. This pack is available for children aged 3-5 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills. The pack has a copy of Peekaboo Bear and Getting Reading plus finger puppets for playing along with the stories and guidance sheets.
Please ask your health care professional if you require any of the additional needs packs.