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 settings delivering Bookstart Corner.
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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.
Discover more about Bookstart programmes, the contents of the packs and the benefits of delivering Bookstart.
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.
National Bookstart Week ran for the final time in June 2018 and was replaced by Pyjamarama in 2019. We will shortly be archiving our National Bookstart Week content, so you will still be able to get hold of the resources to use in your setting.
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.
Find out who scooped the top prizes in our 25th Anniversary Awards and what winning means to them.
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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