Booktrust's 'free books' reading programmes are world-renowned early intervention reading programmes that provide free books for children at crucial transition stages of their development.
Almost 3 million children receive books from Booktrust each year ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience the delight and power of books and the written word.
Bookstart gives free book packs at three stages of a child's development between 0 and 4 years: the baby pack is gifted by your health visitor in baby's first year. The Bookstart treasure bag is gifted by the health visitor or through a child's early year's setting when the child is 3- to 4-years-old. Bookstart Corner is a programme that offers targeted support for babies aged 12-30 months and families through Sure Start Children Centres.
Booktime, which is delivered in partnership with Pearson, is the national free books programme for Reception-aged children in England and Wales. Booktime provides a free book pack for children to share and enjoy with their family and friends.
From the team that brought you Booked Up, Bookbuzz offers the same great variety of books for your school. Every student will have the chance to choose their own book, from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11-year-olds and selected by a panel of experts.
School Library Pack, is a free pack of books and resources, available to any school or education provider in England with Year 7 students, which aims to support school libraries to create a reading culture that reaches all students, encouraging students to discuss what they are reading and join in activities such as reading groups.
We also offer two targeted offers for selected primary (The Ant Club) and secondary schools (Beyond Booked Up), which provide additional support at key transition periods for children. All of the resources for these programmes have been designed to support and enrich the existing curriculum. For further information please contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October 2012 we launched Pori Drwy Stori an exciting new bilingual programme aimed at supporting children's literacy as they start Reception class in all maintained schools in Wales. The programme provides resources for use in the classroom and at home encouraging parents to continue in their vital role as partners in their children's learning.
In addition to our schools programmes we also work with local authorities to offer packs of books and other educational materials for children in care to support their learning in the home environment through our Letterbox Club.
Our 'free books' reading programmes are made possible thanks to an innovative public/private partnership between Government and our publisher partners.
Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. We believe children are never too young to start loving books!
Booktime aims to give a free book pack to every Reception aged child in England and Wales, with guidance for parents and carers on shared reading.
Letterbox Club focuses on improving the educational outlook for children aged 7-13 in foster families by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials every month for six months.
The Bookbuzz programme supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. Participationg schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11-year-olds and selected by a panel of experts.
- Bookstart Corner - for children's centres to help their most disadvantaged families
- The Ant Club - for selected primary schools
- Beyond Booked Up - for selected secondary schools
The schools' programmes provide additional support at key transition periods for children.
Pori Drwy Stori is an exciting new national programme for Wales brought to you by Booktrust Cymru. It is a universal programme for four- to five-year-olds funded by the Welsh Government to support literacy in the foundation phase. All children in maintained Welsh primary schools will be eligible for the programme automatically. We are hoping to reach some 35,000 children.