Bookstart for practitioners
This section is aimed at practitioners delivering Bookstart programmes, as well as providing information for those who want to know more about how the programmes work.
Discover how Bookstart links to a range of organisational outcomes, get tips and ideas for gifting the resources to the families you work with, find out about our additional needs packs and much more.
You'll also find tailored guidance for librarians, health visitors, early years practitioners and registrars, along with bespoke sections for Bookstart Coordinators (login required) and for settings delivering Bookstart Corner (use the direct link emailed to you by BookTrust).
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Bookstart's Newborn packs contain a Baby's First Shapes black-and-white booklet and are ideal for gifting to new parents and their babies.
All families with babies aged 0-12 months are eligible to receive a free Bookstart Baby pack. These are usually gifted by health visitors.
The Bookstart Treasure envelope is gifted to all children when they are 3-4 years old by their nursery, children's centre or other early years setting.
Bookstart Corner is BookTrust's free, targeted programme helping settings to offer support for families so that they can read with their children with confidence.
Bookstart is for every child, so families or carers of children age 0-5 are entitled to our additional needs packs alongside the two standard Bookstart packs.
Established in 1992, Bookstart is the world's first national bookgifting programme, delivering books and resources to every baby and toddler in England and Wales.
From a small pilot project 25 years ago to the world’s first national bookgifting programme - a potted history of BookTrust's flagship early years programme.
Answers to the questions we're most often asked about Bookstart.
Explore our additional early years offers, including the Rhyme Challenge, Newborn black-and-white packs and dual-language books.
Tailored guidance for librarians, health visitors, early years practitioners and registrars on how best to deliver Bookstart to the families you work with.
National Bookstart Week was replaced by Pyjamarama in 2019. We will shortly be archiving our National Bookstart Week content and you will still be able to get hold of all the great resources from the past few years.
Every child in Wales receives two Bookstart packs from their health visitor, each containing English and Welsh language books, guidance and resources to help families share books, stories and rhymes.
Bookstart Coordinators area
The Bookstart Coordinators area of the website contains information on ordering support materials - such as dual-language books and The Rhyme Challenge - marketing, hiring Bookstart Bear costumes, contact lists and resources to download.
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