Bookstart Toddler and Pre-schooler
A new pilot offer designed for families who may need a hand to get started with reading.
Exciting new library experiences for families with fun, free activities for 0-5s, including storytime sessions.
Watch Michael Rosen's storytelling tips
We've teamed up with the brilliant Michael Rosen to create an exciting new series of video guides for storytellers.
From voicing different characters to using puppets as part of the story, these inspirational short videos are full of handy hints and tips for making story time magical.
Dads Make Stories Magic was a campaign from BookTrust, Farshore and HarperCollins Children's Books designed to get dads reading with their children.
The campaign was launched after research found that only one in three children are read a story every day or nearly every day by their dads - despite the benefits for everyone.
Dads Make Stories Magic aims to break down some of the barriers faced by dads and encourage them to read more with their children - with the aim of reaching a million minutes of story time across the country.
One of the advantages of BookTrust Storytime is that we decided to run it on Saturdays - and that's what helped us to actually make contact with the fathers
Explore our Early Years booklists
Our pick of the best books to help young children get started on their reading journey.
Babies and young children love routines – and they love seeing characters doing the same things as them. From getting dressed to having lunch, brushing teeth to reading a bedtime story, toddlers and babies will enjoy recognising the familiar daily activities. Here is a selection of lovely picture books that highlight the everyday moments of a little one’s li…
Babies’ brains develop incredibly quickly and sometimes it seems they have a new skill every week.
This selection of books celebrates all the clever things many children learn to do from birth to age 2 or thereabouts, from lying on their tummies to clapping and waving, all the way to recognising familiar sights, eating real food and saying their first w…
Potty training is an important part of a pre-schooler’s life, and it can help to see a character in a book doing it too. It’s also important to have funny books to read when on the potty! Here is a selection of books that might encourage a young child to focus on toilet training.
Just a few books to read with your toddler aged 1 to 2 carefully selected from our Bookstart programme.
Everyone loves their teddy bear! Here is a selection of heart-warming books about teddies, or about bears who are cuddly and love hugging. These stories will be ideal for sharing together when snuggled up, especially at bedtime.
This selection of picture books shows children that moving house needn’t be scary or a bad thing - and may even help them to love their new home.
Newborn 0-6 months
A booklet for families with newborns, full of the high-contrast images babies love.
Bookstart Baby 0-1
Our much-loved free book bag for all babies under 12 months.
My Story Pack 4-5
My Story Pack is a pilot offer which gifts packs and resources to encourage families to read together as children start school.
Time to Read 4-5
A free book for every Reception-aged child.
Free dual-language books and resources for families who have English as an additional language.
Bookstart SEN packs
Find out more about our Bookshine, Booktouch and Bookstart Star additional needs packs.