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 and for children's centres delivering Bookstart Corner.
In this section
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.
Find out about the different Bookstart Packs on offer and how you can access them.
Explore our additional early years offers, including the Rhyme Challenge, Newborn black-and-white packs, dual language books and the Bear’s Reading Adventure library offer.
Tailored guidance for librarians, health visitors, early years practitioners and registrars on how Bookstart should be delivered to the families you work with.
This year, we joined our feathered friends for a Bookstart Bird Boogie and had an absolute blast. Thanks to everyone who held amazing events and put the fun into books, rhymes and stories for families everywhere.
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.
The results are in. Find out who has scooped the top prizes in our 25th Anniversary Awards and what winning means to them.
Bookstart Coordinators section
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 downloading resources.
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