Early years

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

Bookstart

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 activities

Bookstart activities

There are thousands of local Bookstart activities run every year, including Rhymetimes and Storytimes. There is also the annual National Bookstart Week and the online Bookstart Bear Club.

Additional needs

Additional needs

We aim to help all children develop a love of books and offer additional needs packs in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs.

Making a difference

Making a difference

The routine of sharing books, stories, songs and rhymes helps to build pre-literacy skills. It also provides a special time and place for you to build a strong and loving relationship with your child.  Find out how Book Trust's work with early years makes a difference.

Bookstart Corner

Bookstart Corner

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

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.