Welcome to Bookstart 

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

Every child in England is entitled to a Bookstart pack at 0-12 months and 3-4 years. Find out how you can get your free 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.


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About Bookstart

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.

What Bookstart can offer you

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.

Bookstart in Northern Ireland

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.

Bookstart in Wales

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.

National Bookstart Week

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.

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.

We love books!

These delightful picture books celebrate the joy of books and reading.

Journeys to Other Lands

Travel from the desert to the jungle, the beach to the snowy mountains with our list of books that will take you on journeys to many different lands.

Summer Books

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

Do you work with children aged 0-5?

Visit our Bookstart practitioners section

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