Book Trust works with early years professionals to deliver Bookstart, the national early-intervention literacy programme.
It's never too early to start a child on their reading journey and get them into the rewarding habit of reading every day. In fact, Book Trust is working on a pilot programme to support pregnant women in singing, reading, talking and bonding with their baby.
Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at key stages before they start school. We provide parental guidance materials to inspire a love of reading in babies, toddlers and preschoolers and give them a flying start by reading every day. We also help professionals to support families in establishing a daily reading routine and discovering the joys and benefits of reading together for pleasure.
Bookstart Corner supports children’s centres across England to help families that need more support to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes. Aimed at families with children aged 12-24 months, but with an additional pack for eligible 2-year-olds, the programme allows centres to offer intensive support for parents and carers to build confidence in reading for pleasure with their children.
Children's Book Week is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure. We provide resources, activity ideas, book recommendations and more to help you celebrate reading for pleasure in your school.