Bookstart in Wales

It’s never too early to start sharing books, stories and rhymes with your child. Through Bookstart, BookTrust Cymru supports families across Wales to read together regularly.

You’ll find lots of fun resources and handy information below.

Every child in Wales can receive two special Bookstart packs before the age of three, which are given to families by their health visitor.

Wales Baby and EY packs October 2021

Bookstart Baby

The Bookstart Baby pack is usually gifted at your child’s 6-month health check. It contains an English and Welsh language book, carefully chosen to appeal to very young children, and a special booklet with ideas for sharing books, stories and rhymes.

Bookstart Early Years

The Bookstart Early Years pack is usually gifted at your child’s 27-month health check. It contains an English and a Welsh language picture book, and a booklet full of ideas for sharing books, stories and rhymes. The green Bookstart Early Years bag is designed for your toddler to hold – perfect for taking to the library.

If you have not received your Bookstart packs, please contact your health visitor.

Bookstart in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government.

Please note: National Bookstart Week has been replaced by Pyjamarama. You can still enjoy all the National Bookstart Week stories, rhymes and activities from 2016-2018 here.

My Baby Bag in Wales

Rhymes, videos and book suggestions to help you continue to share stories and rhymes with your baby at every stage.

My Baby Bag in Wales

Stories, rhymes, tips and more...

Feeling creative?

Fun things to make and do

Download our bilingual craft and colouring sheets.

It's story time

Listen to Bookstart stories

Snuggle up with your little one and enjoy listening to a story together in English or Welsh.

Share a rhyme

Songs and rhymes

Have fun sharing rhymes with your child. Sing-along to our audio rhymes or download our rhyme sheets.

BookTrust Cymru HomeTime

Take a look

Looking for something fun as a family? We have stories to enjoy, rhymes and songs to share, and fun games and activities from some great authors, illustrators and storytellers from Wales.

Your local library

Storytime and Rhymetime

Many libraries in Wales hold their own Bookstart Storytimes and Rhymetimes. Discover more about what your local library can offer you.

Reading with your child

Tips and advice

Read our helpful tips on how to enjoy books with your child and get the most out of your story times together.

Order and collect your FREE Bookstart pack from your library

All children in Wales are entitled to two fantastic Bookstart packs before the age of three, which are now available to order and collect for free from selected libraries.

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