Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme, giving free books to all children in England and Wales at two key ages before school.
Find out about free Bookstart packs for children aged 0-12 months and 3-4 years, plus additional needs packs, newborn packs and more...
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Through Bookstart, BookTrust Cymru give every child in Wales their own books to have at home and supports families to read together regularly.
National Bookstart Week ran for the final time in June 2018 and is being replaced by Pyjamarama - a celebration of bedtime stories. This June, families can take part in fun community events and pick up free picture books to enjoy at home.
Do you work with children aged 0-5?
Visit our Bookstart for practitioners section for tailored information, guidance and resources to help you deliver our flagship early years programme.
Get perfect picture book ideas
Our themed booklists are full of brilliant book ideas for little ones. Just print them out or jot them down and see what you can pick up at your local library.
Board books with flaps are great for toddlers at this age. Take a peek at some of our favourite books for sharing with 1-year-olds.
Two-year-olds love joining in with actions and guessing what will happen next. We've picked out some brilliant books we think your child will love.
Why not try some of our favourite books for 4-year-olds - slightly longer stories they'll love chatting to you about. From bad bunnies to bug school, storytime giggles are guaranteed.
Storybooks and games
Read along together with our brilliant interactive storybooks and play counting, colouring and drawing games.
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