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Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme. Bookstart gifts free books to all children in England and Wales at two key ages before school to help families read together every day.
Did you know that every child in England aged 0-12 months and 3-4 years is entitled to a Bookstart pack? Find out more here.
There is currently no government funding for Bookstart in NI, but BookTrust NI is working hard to form alternative partnerships to deliver as many Bookstart packs as possible, along with author tours and annual National Bookstart Week celebrations.
It’s never too early to start sharing books, stories and rhymes. Through Bookstart, BookTrust Cymru makes sure that every child in Wales has their own books at home and supports families to read together regularly.
This year's National Bookstart Week was an outdoors - rain permitting - adventure to remember, turning babies into bunnies up and down the country. We've put together a gallery of some of the fantastic pictures you sent us. Enjoy.
Let us know what's brilliant about your local Rhymetime and it could win one of our Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards. Find out how to nominate today.
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.
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.
These picture books are perfect for children starting school or nursery. Why not share them together, so you can talk through any fears and anxieties?
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years.
Great books for stimulating young imaginations
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