Welcome to Bookstart 

Sharing books with your child early can help create a lifelong reader. Set up in 1992, Bookstart is here to guide you on your child’s reading journey from 0-5 years.

Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack at 0-12 months and 3-4 years. Find out how you can get your packs and explore our website. You'll find amazing pages for all the family, including interactive storybooks, booklists, bookfinders, activities and much more. Happy reading, singing and rhyming.

In this section

About Bookstart

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.

What Bookstart can offer you

Find out about free Bookstart packs for children aged 0-12 months and 3-4 years, plus additional needs packs, newborn packs and more...

Bookstart in Northern Ireland

Find out about Arts Council NI Author Tours and catch up with the latest news from Bookstart Northern Ireland.

Bookstart in Wales

Through Bookstart, BookTrust Cymru give every child in Wales their own books to have at home and supports families to read together regularly.

National Bookstart Week 2018: Bookstart Bird Boogie

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

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.

Explore Bookstart for practitioners

Need some inspiration? Our Bookfinder can help

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.

Funny books

From bottoms and pants to kung-fu pandas and monsters, there is a story for every child in this great list of funny books that will have you and your child rolling about with laughter.

Summer Books

Come rain or shine, these wonderful books capture the feelgood fun of sunshine and holidays.

Bookshine books

Great books to share with deaf children. The Bookshine booklist aims to introduce ideas for books for children up to the age of five, based on ideas given to us by parents, teachers, children and experts.

More to explore

Storybooks and games

Have some fun

Read along together with our brilliant interactive storybooks and play counting, colouring and drawing games.

Blogs you'll love

How to get your newborn to sleep

Start your bedtime routine now

It's never too early to begin Bath, Book, Bed! Get some tips and tricks here on how to get started with your newborn.