National Bookstart Week 2018: a brilliant Bookstart Bird Boogie

This year, National Bookstart Week was all about our fabulous feathered friends and we were thrilled to be able to give away over 450,000 books at amazing events across the country. The dancing may be done, but the fun can carry on. With our crafts, rhymes and storytimes, your Bird Boogie can last all year long!

Ore Oduba with A Busy Day for Birds

Every year, BookTrust organises National Bookstart Week to celebrate the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes with your little ones from as early an age as possible – it’s never too early to start!

The theme for this year was Bookstart Bird Boogie and the chosen book was the brilliant A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins - a wonderfully colourful rhyming book about being a bird for a day, full of actions to do, sounds to make and perfect to read together.

Penguins from A Busy day for Birds

There's loads of fun stuff right here on the website to keep your Bookstart Bird Boogie going. Enjoy a special Bookstart Storytime with Ore Oduba as he brings A Busy Day for Birds brilliantly to life, get creative with crafts and colouring or sing along to bird-themed rhymes. Just explore the links below to keeeeep boogieing!

Send us your Bird Boogie pictures

We'd love to see how you celebrated National Bookstart Week this June. Just click the button below to view our gallery of amazing pictures and find out how to add your own snaps.

Share your Bird Boogie pictures

Copyright © 2017 Lucy Cousins 
From A BUSY DAY FOR BIRDS by Lucy Cousins 
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ 
www.walker.co.uk

Huge thanks to Ore Oduba for giving up his time to film our Storytime video of A Busy Day for Birds

Celebrate National Bookstart Week

Bookstart Storytime with Ore Oduba

Time for a story

Snuggle up together and enjoy A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins, brilliantly brought to life by TV presenter and new dad Ore Oduba. Includes a British Sign Language version.

Crafts, books and rhymes to sing

Bird Boogie activities

Get creative with crafts, colouring and rhymes. There's an awesome owl headband to make, birds to colour in, a booklist to explore and fantastic themed rhymes to sing along with.

National Bookstart Week in Wales

Celebrate in Wales

There will be lots of fun events happening across Wales to celebrate the Bookstart Bird Boogie. Plus, we've got craft and colouring activities, rhymes to listen to and Storytime videos right here on the website.

Bird Boogie photo gallery: send us your pics

Calling all busy birds!

We'd love to see how you've been celebrating National Bookstart Week. Check out our photo gallery and add pictures of your own busy bird adventures.

Win bundles of books

It's competition time!

It's the great National Bookstart Week giveaway! Check out our competitions page all week for a chance to scoop brilliant bird-themed picture books and loads of Lucy Cousins goodies.

One mum's National Bookstart Week story

'A book is just the start...'

Mum Charlotte Rowland talks about the impact National Bookstart Week has had on her and her family - and why she's looking forward to this year's events and activities.

Brilliant books about birds

See the books

If you're after more bird-themed books to share with your children this National Bookstart Week, we've created a list of our favourites to help you go bird-book spotting in style!

Make a funky flamingo

Busy-bird fun

Help your child create their very own fabulous flamingo - just like the one in A Busy Day for Birds - with our fun, easy-to-make craft activity.