National Bookstart Week

National Bookstart Week is BookTrust's annual event celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes with children from an early age.

This year’s National Bookstart Week took place from 5-11 June. The theme was Let’s Explore Outdoors! and the chosen book was the wonderful Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall - a lovely tale of friendship between a warren of musical bunnies and a friendly fox.

 Ellie Sandall NBW launch

Children fron Rainbow House Nursery met Everybunny Dance! author Ellie Sandall at Spitalfields City Farm

We hope you had as much fun as we did getting out and about, enjoying teddy bears' picnics, bunny hops, rhymetimes and, most importantly, sharing books and stories together.

We're thrilled to say that we gave away 450,000 copies of Ellie Sandall's wonderful Everybunny Dance! to families at events across the country, thanks to support from Hodder Children’s Books.

Your National Bookstart Week section is coming soon

The full National Bookstart Week section is being built right now, so please do check back in soon and you’ll find rhymes to listen to, bunnies to colour in, rabbit ears to make and lots, lots more.

In the meantime, you can enjoy our brilliant interactive version of Everybunny Dance! It’s read by the lovely Lauren Laverne and comes complete with sound effects and music that your little ones will love. There’s a Welsh language version and a British Sign Language video version, too.

Plus, we've collected together some of the amazing pictures you sent us of your outdoors adventures... take a peek at the pics below.

 Everybunny Dance storybook English

Read along


National Bookstart Week in pictures

 Montage of images from National Bookstart Week 2017

Montage of images from National Bookstart Week 2017

Our thanks go to...

  • Hodder Children’s Books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group, for permission to publish our special edition of Everybunny Dance!
  • Ellie Sandall for her wonderful words and illustrations
  • Lauren Laverne, Anni Llŷn and Lilli Risner for their brilliant narration

Illustration © Ellie Sandall

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