Bringing stories to life for families: downloads and guides

You’ll find all your Storyteller, Toddler and Pre-Schooler resources to download here.

Looking for more inspiration? See our specially selected books, more fun activity ideas and tips for getting families loving libraries.

Storyteller downloads

Guide for partners with books and resources

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A quick guide to the books and resources in your pack and how you can use them with families.

Guide for partners with books only

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A quick guide to the books in your pack and how you can use them with families.

Activities and rhymes

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Activities and rhymes related to the books in your Storyteller pack to help inspire your sessions and interactions with families.

Letter for partners

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Information about the pilot to print and share with your colleagues.

Toddler downloads

Activities and rhymes

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Age-appropriate activities and rhymes related to the books to share with families for storytelling fun at home.

Finger puppet

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Finger puppet to help parents and carers bring the books to life.

Pre-schooler downloads

Activities and rhymes

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Age-appropriate activities and rhymes related to the books to share with families for storytelling fun at home.

Headband

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A DIY headband for children to colour in and cut out.

Book ideas, videos and extra activities to help your packs go further

The BookTrust Bookfinder

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All the very best children’s books in one place. Simply choose an age range, pick as many themes as you want and search through thousands of carefully selected books, all reviewed by BookTrust.

More great books for children aged 1-2

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Hand-picked books you can use to extend families' Toddler pack adventures.

More great books for children aged 3-4

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Hand-picked books you can use to extend families' Pre-schooler pack adventures.

More stories, videos and activities

A world of free online books, rhymes, videos and activities you can use with families, including a section for 0-5s.

Explore HomeTime

Library montageWhy libraries are fantastic for families

We want families to feel confident about sharing stories together and access to books plays a vital part in making that happen. Letting families know how much libraries have to offer - thousands of books, plus a whole lot more - is a great way to help them continue their reading journeys beyond their Bookstart packs.

Here are just some of the brilliant things about libraries that you can share:

  • Libraries welcome families with children of all ages
  • It's free to join a library and to borrow books - and most don't charge for late returns on children's books
  • You don't have to be quiet - libraries are fun, free spaces families can enjoy together
  • Children can choose their own books which is great for building their confidence
  • There are thousands of books to pick from, perfect for all ages, stages and interests
  • Lots of libraries run rhymetime and storytime sessions. Keep an eye out for BookTrust Storytime coming later in the year
  • They're great places for children to interact with each other - and for parents and carers to meet up for a chat

If families aren't sure where their nearest library is, you can point them to gov.uk/local-library-services to find out.