BookTrust Storytime for families

Find out how you can get involved with BookTrust Storytime fun at your local library.

Children voting for their favourite books at a BookTrust Storytime event

What is BookTrust Storytime?

BookTrust Storytime is an exciting new library experience for families, offering a fun, easy way to entertain your under 5s at your local library. Come and enjoy free and lively activities in a space you can have fun and enjoy stories together.

How do I get involved?

This year, BookTrust Storytime is running from September 2023 to May 2024. Head to your local library to find out if they'll be taking part - you can find your nearest library here. And don't forget to tell your family and friends about BookTrust Storytime, too!

The BookTrust Storytime owl

Discover this year's BookTrust Storytime books

We've chosen five books that we think are perfect for enjoying with children aged 0-5! Libraries taking part in BookTrust Storytime have been sharing these books, and families have been voting for their favourites.


Just Breathe, Bear

Author: Christianne Jones Illustrator: Oriol Vidal

Bear has a lot of feelings and he knows a useful trick to help release them. Simple and effective, this is a charming picture book.

Read more about Just Breathe, Bear

Are You a Monster?

Author: Guiherme Karsten

Are you a monster? No? Well, can you make a big loud noise? Oh no…! A wonderfully fun and brilliantly interactive picture book for all ages.

Read more about Are You a Monster?

I am Happy

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling

This puppy is so happy, it feels like laughing out loud and even climbing on a cloud! Simple rhyming text encourages readers to explore their own emotions – and celebrate them.

Read more about I am Happy

The Perfect Present

Author: Petr Horacek

Tom and Mot give each other brilliant presents, but what would be the best present of all? A heart-warming picture book about the power of imagination and friendship.

Read more about The Perfect Present

Zeki Rise and Shine

Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson

Rise and shine, it’s time to wake up for little Zeki. Follow little Zeki as he gets ready with Mummy and Daddy for a morning of fun and adventure.

Read more about Zeki Rise and Shine

Video library

We're sharing fun videos from the authors of our five shortlisted books, perfect for families who are enjoying the stories at home.

Anna McQuinn reads "Zeki: Rise and Shine"

Petr Horáček reads "The Perfect Present"

Christianne Jones reads her book "Just Breathe Bear"

Guilherme Karsten reads "Are You a Monster?"

Michael Rosen reads "I Am Happy"

What our families say

It's been very interactive. I like the fact that Donna, the librarian, reads the book to us and demonstrates as she’s going through. A few times we actually had the copy of the book ourselves at the same time as she was reading, which is nice because it keeps my son Milo occupied. It’s really enjoyable

Lucy, mum

A mother and baby at a BookTrust Storytime event

Two mums and their children playing together at a BookTrust Storytime event

If you're worried about your child sitting still or being quiet or misbehaving, you don’t need to worry. My son Elvis is in the books, pulling them out as I’m frantically trying to put them away. But the library staff say, “Don’t worry about it, it’s absolutely fine, just let them play.” It's a really positive environment

Zavanah, mum

'My granddaughter feels really happy, she looks forward to it':

Read about one grandmother's BookTrust Storytime experience by clicking here

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