Packs for children with additional needs

Bookstart is for every child, so in England, families are entitled to any of these packs in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs. A set amount of packs are given to each local authority's Bookstart Coordinator, who can be contacted via your health visitor, health clinic, early years setting or local library.

Bookshine for children who are deaf

There are two packs: Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3-5 years old). Each pack has two books, a rhyme place mat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books. The Toddler pack includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language and the Baby pack includes a BookTrust keyring.

Bookshine packs 21-22

Other resources and support

Booktouch for children who are blind or partially sighted

There are two packs: Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-5 years old). Each pack has two touch-and-feel books and guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children. The Baby pack includes a BookTrust keyring.

Booktouch packs 21-22

Other resources and support

Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

This pack is available for children aged 3-5 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills. Each pack has a copy of Peekaboo Bear and Getting Ready, plus finger puppets for playing along with the stories and guidance sheets.

Bookstart Star pack 21-22

BookTrust has teamed up with publisher Child's Play to create three new tactile books, Off to the Park!, Off to the Beach! and Getting Ready, which you'll find inside the various Bookstart additional needs packs.

Disability expert Alex Strick says that consulting children was key to producing books that appeal to visually impaired and sighted audiences alike.

Read Alex's blog

Please note that books contained within the packs may differ from those pictured.


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