National Bookstart Week 

National Bookstart Week ran for the final time in June 2018 and was replaced by Pyjamarama in 2019. Families can take part in special Pyjamarama events in their local libraries, children’s centres and other community settings and all 0-5s attending will be given a free picture book to enjoy with their family.

We've also got lots of great free stuff on offer that you can download and have fun with at home. There are colouring and craft activities, rhyme sheets and recordings, a bedtime booklist and loads more.

Head over to Pyjamarama 2019

Ore Oduba with A Busy Day for Birds

In 2018, National Bookstart Week was all about our fabulous feathered friends and we were thrilled to be able to give away over 450,000 books at amazing events across the country.

The dancing may be done, but the fun can carry on. With our crafts, rhymes and storytimes, your Bird Boogie can last all year long!

The theme for last year was Bookstart Bird Boogie and the chosen book was the brilliant A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins - a wonderfully colourful rhyming book about being a bird for a day, full of actions to do, sounds to make and perfect to read together.

Penguins from A Busy day for Birds

There's loads of fun stuff right here on the website to keep your Bookstart Bird Boogie going. Enjoy a special Bookstart Storytime with Ore Oduba as he brings A Busy Day for Birds brilliantly to life, get creative with crafts and colouring or sing along to bird-themed rhymes. Just explore the links below to keeeeep boogieing!

Copyright © 2017 Lucy Cousins 
From A BUSY DAY FOR BIRDS by Lucy Cousins 
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ

Huge thanks to Ore Oduba for giving up his time to film our Storytime video of A Busy Day for Birds

Celebrate National Bookstart Week

Bookstart Storytime with Ore Oduba

Time for a story

Snuggle up together and enjoy A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins, brilliantly brought to life by TV presenter and new dad Ore Oduba. Includes a British Sign Language version.

Crafts, books and rhymes to sing

Bird Boogie activities

Get creative with crafts, colouring and rhymes. There's an awesome owl headband to make, birds to colour in, a booklist to explore and fantastic themed rhymes to sing along with.

National Bookstart Week in Wales

Crafts, rhymes and storytimes

BookTrust Cymru were thrilled to give away over 8,500 books at special events across Wales, and the fun’s not over! You can let your imagination take flight all year long with our crafts, rhymes and very special storytimes.

One mum's National Bookstart Week story

'A book is just the start...'

Mum Charlotte Rowland talks about the impact National Bookstart Week has had on her and her family - and why she's looking forward to this year's events and activities.

Brilliant books about birds

See the books

If you're after more bird-themed books to share with your children, we've created a list of our favourites to help you go bird-book spotting in style!

Make a funky flamingo

Busy-bird fun

Help your child create their very own fabulous flamingo - just like the one in A Busy Day for Birds - with our fun, easy-to-make craft activity.