Welcome to Bookstart 

Sharing books with your child early can help create a lifelong reader. Set up in 1992, Bookstart is here to guide you on your child’s reading journey from 0-5 years.

Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack at 0-12 months and 3-4 years. Find out how you can get your packs and explore our website. You'll find amazing pages for all the family, including interactive storybooks, booklists, bookfinders, activities and much more. Happy reading, singing and rhyming.

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About Bookstart

Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme, giving free books to all children in England and Wales at two key ages before school.

What Bookstart can offer you

Did you know that every child in England aged 0-12 months and 3-4 years is entitled to a free Bookstart pack? Find out more here.

Bookstart in Northern Ireland

Find out more about Bookstart packs in Northern Ireland, author tours near you, and how you can celebrate the yearly National Bookstart Week with us.

Do you work with children aged 0-5?

Visit our Bookstart practitioners section for tailored information, guidance and resources to help you deliver our early years programmes.

Explore Bookstart for practitioners

Need some inspiration? Our Bookfinder can help

Why not share some of these stories?

Our themed booklists are full of great picture book ideas for little ones. Just print them out or jot them down and see what you can pick up at your local library.

Bath Book Bed 2018: Best bedtime books

If you're looking for a brilliant book to get your little ones dropping off into a happy slumber, you're in the right place: we've picked out some fantastic stories that are sure to do the trick.

Funny books

From bottoms and pants to kung-fu pandas and monsters, there is a story for every child in this great list of funny books that will have you and your child rolling about with laughter.

Best Books for Children: 0-5

Take a look at our pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years.

More to explore

Storybooks and games

Have some fun

Read along together with our brilliant interactive storybooks and play counting, colouring and drawing games.

Blogs you'll love

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Start your bedtime routine now

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