Bookstart for librarians

Librarians play a huge role in the delivery of Bookstart programmes. Here you will find tailored information on how Bookstart can benefit your setting, tips and guidance from other librarians on gifting the Bookstart packs and research-based evidence on the importance of rhymes in children's development.

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How Bookstart can support your library

From increasing footfall and family engagement to forging links with partner services, find out how Bookstart can benefit your library.

Gifting Bookstart packs in libraries

Tips and guidance on gifting the Bookstart packs - by librarians, for librarians.

Bookstart Rhymetimes

Find out about these fun, interactive sessions and the role rhymes play in children's development.

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Bookstart packs

Free books for every child

BookTrust offers a range of packs that you can gift to families as part of the Bookstart programme. Find out how our universal, additional needs and targeted packs can help get your families sharing books together every day.