Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities, and much more.

As the world's first national book-gifting programme, Bookstart aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible. Whether you're a family wanting to find out what Bookstart can offer you or an early years practitioner involved in delivering Bookstart programmes and gifting the packs, you'll find all the information you need right here.

Just click below to find the help and support that's right for you.

As of March 2020, programme and campaign dates and events are subject to change.

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