About Bookstart

Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme – established in 1992 and run by the reading charity BookTrust.

The programme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport via Arts Council England and the devolved government in Wales, with generous support from publishers.

Boy and Da reading and laughingBookstart provides free resources to every local authority in England and Wales, who then work across public services to meet local needs. Resources are delivered in person to families by health, library and early years professionals, and practitioners who support parents and carers, ensuring that every child receives their Bookstart packs.

Bookstart gifts free books to all children at two key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading.

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The Bookstart packs

Get free books for your child

Bookstart is for every child. Explore our free Baby, Treasure and additional needs packs and find out how to get hold of yours.

New books we love

Our favourite reads of the month

We review lots of new books every month, and here's where you can find the ones we liked best of all.


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