‘Sharing books, rhymes and stories is fun’
Bookstart Baby and Treasure packs are gifted to children at 0 – 12 months and 3- 4 years via Health Visitors, Health Care Proffesionals and Libraries across the UK. They are provided by Book Trust and are completely free.
There are two main packs gifted to babies and young children.
Bookstart Baby Pack
Your Health Visitor, or other health professional should gift you a bookstart baby pack in your babies first year, to hep you share stories, rhymes and songs. This pack is a small bag which contains a selection of useful leaflets and board books for you to introduce the love of reading to your child.
Bookstart Treasure Pack
Your pre-schooler will receive their special gift envelope when they are 3 – 4 years old, from their nursery, children’s centre or other early years setting. This lovely envelope contains a picture book for you child to enjoy, along with leafletsto help you support them in their reading journey.
Bookstart also has packs specifically designed for children who may need additional support.
- Bookshine, for children who are hearing impaired.
- Booktouch for children with visual impairment.
- Bookstaris for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills.
Dual Language Packs
Bookstart also offers dual language packsto keep your home language alive by sharing stories, books and rhymes with your child
Please ask at your local library if you haven’t received the pack by the time your child turns one or for the Treasure gift pack before they turn five.
Bears Reading Adventure
Libraries are fun – and this book is another great reason to visit one with your family.
You can now claim your free sticker book from Staffordshire Libraries, whilst stocks last. Made in Partnership with Igloo books, children upto 5 years old can collect stickers everytime they visit a library
"Reading with your child is fun, and a great way to spend time together. If a parent reads to their child every day they will be almost 12 months ahead of their age group when they start school. Event reading to them three to five times a week gives them a six month headstart over those who read less often." - Booktrust