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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 free 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.
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.
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years.
Cuddle up together to enjoy some of our favourite stories to share
Tales to spark the imagination. From brilliant retellings of classic stories to an ogre doing yoga in a foggy forest - pre-schoolers and toddlers will love them all.
Storybooks and games
Read along together with our brilliant interactive storybooks and play counting, colouring and drawing games.
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