Bookstart Treasure

BookTrust offer free high-quality book packs for every child in England aged 3-4.

  • What is Bookstart Treasure?
  • Who gives the packs to families?
  • What is in the pack?
  • What are the benefits?

Next: What families need to know and Bookstart Treasure activities

'It’s lovely to see the excitement on child’s face at receiving the books and enjoying reading them.' Bookstart Treasure gifter

What is Bookstart Treasure?

Bookstart Treasure is a universal book-gifting programme in England. During the academic year they turn 4, every child is eligible for a free pack with a book and resources, designed to support and encourage families to read together from an early age.

Who gives the packs to families?

Bookstart Treasure packs are given to families by early years practitioners in nurseries, playgroups, libraries and many other settings that work with young children. Each local authority has a Bookstart Coordinator who works with local partners to allocate the packs to the best effect.

If you are interested in delivering Bookstart Treasure in your setting, email bookstart@booktrust.org.uk to find out who your local Bookstart Coordinator is.

What's in the pack?

Bookstart Treasure pack 2020-21 Octopants August update

Bookstart Treasure packs contain:

  • An envelope, with activities and cut-outs on the inside
  • A fun, age-appropriate picture book chosen by an independent panel of early years experts
  • A clear and simple parental guidance booklet - Reading with Your Child: 3-4 years

Additional books in other languages are available for EAL families and the parental guidance is also available to download and print in 20 languages.

'Some parents weren't aware of the importance of reading stories together until their child received the Treasure pack with the parent/carer's guidance. They felt more confident in knowing how to share stories together.' Bookstart Treasure gifter

What are the benefits?

Treasure gifter surveyPercent of practitioners agreeing that the statements hold true for all, most or some of their families. Bookstart Treasure Gifter survey 2019 (349 practitioners who gift Bookstart Treasure).