Bookstart - sharing stories and rhymes from 0-5
Cuddle up and share your free baby black and white booklet together - it can help to grow a reader for life. Find out where to get yours.
Bookstart Baby packs are gifted free to all babies before they turn one. Free dual-language books are also available for families with English as an additional language.
We hope you’re enjoying using your Bookstart Baby Bag. Here, you’ll find tips, videos and book suggestions to help you continue sharing stories and rhymes with your baby.
Welcome to the dedicated digital space for Bookstart Toddler and Bookstart Pre-schooler.
Bookstart is for every child. Find out more about our free Bookshine, Booktouch and Bookstart Star additional needs packs.
Every baby born in Northern Ireland receives a Bookstart Baby pack from their Health Visitor. Find out more about the programme, funded by the Department of Education.
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.
Enjoy songs, rhymes and rhythm with your child at your local library, nursery or children's centre - Rhymetimes are free and fun for everyone.
Do you work with children aged 0-5?
Visit our Bookstart for practitioners section for tailored information, guidance and resources to help you deliver our flagship early years programme.
Get perfect picture book ideas
Our themed booklists are full of brilliant book ideas for little ones. Just print them out or jot them down and see what you can pick up at your local library.
Two-year-olds love joining in with actions and guessing what will happen next. We've picked out some brilliant books we think your child will love.
At three, children can often follow slightly longer stories but they'll still want to hear their old favourites again and again. Here's a selection of perfect picture books for 3-year-olds.
Why not try some of our favourite books for 4-year-olds - slightly longer stories they'll love chatting to you about. From bad bunnies to bug school, storytime giggles are guaranteed.