Bookstart programme

BookStartBabyPackSmallBookstart Baby Pack: For babies aged 0-12 months

In your baby’s first year you’ll receive your free Bookstart Baby Pack from your health visitor, or other health professional.

Please ask at your local library if you have difficulty in getting hold of your pack.

BookStartTreasurePackSmallMy Treasure Envelope of Stories: For children aged 36 months

When they are three years old your child will receive their free Treasure Envelope of Stories from your local library.

Booktouch: For blind and partially sighted children up to the age of four

The booktouch pack includes two specially chosen touch and feel books, a cotton bag, a rhymetime CD and advice on sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.

Blind and partially sighted children are entitled to this free booktouch pack in addition to the bookstart packs above.

You can receive this pack from your health visitor, or if you are not in regular contact with a health visitor contact your local library.

Bookshine: For deaf children up to the age of four 

The bookshine pack includes two specially chosen books designed to stimulate children’s senses, including a touch and feel book and a nursery rhyme book featuring BSL signs.  The pack also includes a cotton bag, a place mat and advice on sharing books with deaf children.

Deaf children are entitled to this free bookshine pack in addition to the bookstart packs above.

You can receive this pack from your health visitor, or if you are not in regular contact with a health visitor contact your local library.

Bookstart Star: for toddlers aged 2-4 with fine motor skills difficulties

The Bookstart Star pack is aimed at children aged 3–5 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills and includes books and resources to help families enjoy reading together every day. Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs. You can receive this pack via your local library.

Dual-language books

In addition to the usual Bookstart packs, parents/carers of babies/toddlers who are being brought up dual-language can receive 1 free dual-language picture book. You can receive this pack via your local library.

Bear’s Reading Adventure

Children with booksBear’s Reading Adventure is a sticker storybook with ten missing stickers to collect. Each time a child spends time in the library they can collect a story and complete the story.