Please ask at your local library if you haven't received your Bookstart Baby pack by the time your child turns one, or the Bookstart Treasure pack before they turn five.
Bookstart Baby pack
In England, your health visitor or another health professional should gift this purple bag in your baby's first year to help you share stories, rhymes and songs.
The content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age.
Bookstart Treasure pack
In England your preschooler will receive their special gift envelope when they are 3–4 years old, from their nursery, children's centre or other early years setting.
Inside is a picture book for you to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading together.
If English is not your first language, you may be able to get a book in another language as part of your Bookstart packs.
Please ask your health visitor (babies) or library (preschoolers), who can contact the local Bookstart Coordinator about availability - we also have guidance available in certain languages.
Celebrate your home language with stories and rhymes
Reading together every day helps children
Hear, learn and say new words
Learn about their family's culture
Gain confidence in a second language
Tips for sharing books in your home language
Use the pictures – talk about what is happening in them and the story
Encourage your child by making lots of eye contact and smiles
Make time each day to cuddle up with your child and share stories
Have quiet, quality time together – switch off your TV, radio or mobile phone
Your child may use English, but you can reply or repeat in your home language
Sing or say nursery rhymes and songs from your home language
Bookstart corner is an additional Bookstart programme which is delivered exclusively by children’s centres.
The Bookstart Corner pack which is given to families includes two free books and guidance for parents on how to share books, stories and rhymes. Please enquire at your local children’s centre to see if you're eligible to participate in this offer.
Please note that books contained within the packs may differ from those pictured.