Your Bookstart questions answered
We allocate resources to local authorities based on their birth rates and local information provided by the local authority itself. Bookstart Coordinators, who are employed by the local authority, then work with key partners to distribute these resources to families. If you would like to gift Bookstart packs, please contact your local authority Bookstart Coordinator to see if this would be possible.
BookTrust provides an allocation of free National Bookstart Week resources to:
• Bookstart Coordinators, to be distributed within their local authority. These resources most usually go to libraries
• Children’s centres signed up to Bookstart Corner
• Outreach partners (e.g. foodbanks, neonatal units, Citizen’s Advice, Homestart, FNP, prison visitor centres, women’s refuges and refugee groups)
For outreach partners, we send a call-out near the start of each year via the head offices of organisations that work with the these groups. If you would like to be included on this mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact email@example.com to find out who the Bookstart Coordinator is in your area.
The Bookstart programme is funded by Arts Council England and supported by partners such as publishers in order that BookTrust can provide high-quality resources to central delivery points for each local authority free of charge. Local authorities are, however, responsible for the cost of onward delivery to their partners.
Bookstart Baby All families with babies in England aged 0-12 months
Bookstart Treasure All families with children in England aged 3-4 years
Bookstart Corner A limited number of families with children aged 12-24 months as identified by their local children’s centre
Booktouch Baby Families with children aged 0-2 years who are visually impaired
Booktouch Toddler Families with children aged 2-4 years who are visually impaired
Bookshine Baby Families with children aged 0-2 years who are deaf
Bookshine Toddler Families with children aged 2-4 years who are deaf
Bookstart Star Families with children aged 2-4 years with fine motor skill delay or complex needs
BookTrust is continuously working to improve the design and content of the Bookstart packs. You may receive slightly older packs if your local Bookstart scheme has remaining stock. Don’t worry, though – whichever packs you get, you can be sure that they will contain two great free books (from a selection chosen by an independent panel) for families to share (Treasure packs currently contain one book), plus tips and ideas to help them enjoy stories, books and rhymes together.
Quality messaging from trusted professionals has been proven to be the most important element of the gifting process. Please see our Delivering Bookstart section for more tips and guidance.
There is a Bookstart book panel made up of book experts, librarians, health professionals and early years professionals. BookTrust does not publish books. Publishers in the UK are invited to submit books, which will be considered for inclusion in the packs. These books are produced in a number of countries.
We provide dual language resources for multilingual families in over 30 languages. These can be ordered via your Bookstart Coordinator but please note that we have limited funding to provide these resources. We also provide Booktouch packs for children who have a visual impairment, Bookshine packs for those who are deaf and Bookstart Star for those with fine motor skill delay.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not know your username or password.
Please contact email@example.com with your updated information.
No, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the usernames and names of your children’s centres along with the name you would like us to call your cluster. Once set up, you will only need to take the tutorial once and just confirm the delivery details for each of your centres.
Our setting wants to sign up for Bookstart Corner but we’re not a children’s centre. Is this possible?
We currently only deliver resources to children’s centres, so we would encourage you to partner with your local children’s centre who could simply receive your delivery if they do not have the capacity to deliver the programme. If there are no children’s centres in your area, please email email@example.com to see if we can work with you through another route.
Find out more about the various Bookstart packs we offer and how to order them.
Learn more about our range of projects and campaigns, designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy reading and writing.
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