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Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards

This year, we're celebrating 25 brilliant years of Bookstart with our 25th Anniversary Awards. It's the perfect opportunity for us to recognise the amazing work being done by Bookstart partners in settings across England.

Throughout September, we asked for your nominations and we would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to everyone who put forward colleagues and partners to receive an award.

Nominations are now closed, judging and shortlisting are underway and winners will be announced on 1 November 2017.

Please read on below for a reminder of the six award categories.

National Bookstart Week 2016 launch at The Deep in Hull

The 25th Anniversary Award categories

Bookstart Coordinator Award

  • An outstanding local authority Bookstart Coordinator. For example, this could be someone who has reached an isolated group, works really well in partnership with others, or generally demonstrates great enthusiasm for the Bookstart aims
  • All nominations should be for a Bookstart Coordinator who delivers the Bookstart programme during the period of nominations (if there is a change of role after nominations, eligibility still stands)

Bookstart Baby Gifting Partner Award

  • For any partner who is an outstanding Bookstart Baby gifting partner - this might be a health visiting team, a single health visitor, a neonatal unit, a registrar, a librarian or other professional
  • At the time of nomination, the nominee should be directly involved in gifting the Bookstart Baby pack to children aged 0-12 months

Health Visitor gifting the Baby pack

Bookstart Treasure Gifting Partner Award

  • For any partner who you believe delivers outstanding Bookstart Treasure gifting - this could be an organisation or individual, for example a nursery, a specific librarian, or a nursery nurse
  • At the time of nomination, the nominee should be gifting the Bookstart Treasure pack, to children aged 3-4

Bookstart Corner Gifting Partner Award

  • For any individual or organisation who has gone above and beyond to help families with Bookstart Corner
  • At the time of nomination, the organisation or individual nominated must be signed up to the Bookstart Corner programme

Rhymetime session using finger puppetsBookstart Additional Needs Gifting Partner Award

  • For an individual or organisation who gifts Bookstart additional needs packs to families in England
  • At the time of nomination, the organisation/individual should be gifting a Bookstart additional needs pack to families, using relevant best practice

Bookstart Rhymetime Award

  • For those individuals or organisation who perform regular Rhymetimes within settings in England
  • This award is open for nominations from the public - if your parents/carers love their Rhymetime ask them to tell us why! Why not use the poster in your setting?

We also have a families webpage for the Rhymetime Award which can be found here.

More to explore

Bookstart packs

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BookTrust offers a range of packs that you can gift to families as part of the Bookstart programme. Find out how our universal, additional needs and targeted packs can help get your families sharing books together every day.

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Find great books for your next project

Looking for brilliant titles to use in your early years setting? From dyslexia-friendly picture books to funny stories that guarantee giggles, we've got hundreds of themed booklists just waiting to be explored.

Delivering Bookstart

Guidance and advice on gifting the Bookstart packs

Get detailed information on delivering Bookstart, including multi-agency working, key messaging and working with every family.