National Bookstart Week

National Bookstart Week ran for the final time in June 2018 and was replaced by Pyjamarama in 2019. Through Pyjamarama, we continue to deliver books and resources to 0-5s across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, working closely with libraries, children’s centres and other partners.

We have a fantastic array of Pyjamarama resources for your celebration of bedtime stories, including posters, activities, rhymes and recordings, a bedtime booklist and loads more.

Pyjamarama 2019

Ore Oduba and A Busy Day for Birds

We will shortly be archiving the last few years of National Bookstart Week content, so you will still be able to get hold of all the great activities and resources to use in your setting.

Last year, we joined our feathered friends for a Bookstart Bird Boogie and had an absolute blast. Thanks to everyone who held amazing events, created pretty parrots and fabulous flamingos and put the fun into books, rhymes and stories for families everywhere.

Our chosen book, A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins, published by Walker Books, was a real hit with little ones, who got to keep their very own copy to share at home.

Don't forget that there are lots of great resources here on the website for you to download and use in your setting, including rhyme and colouring sheets, a bird-themed booklist and recordings of this year's rhymes. All you need to do is choose your resources below, dust off your dance moves and keeeep boogieing!

There's also an amazing Storytime video of the book to watch - a lively and fun reading by Strictly winner and first-time dad Ore Oduba, which includes a British Sign Language version.

Watch the videos

Copyright © 2017 Lucy Cousins
From A BUSY DAY FOR BIRDS by Lucy Cousins
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ

Choose your National Bookstart Week resources

Owl on white background

English resources

Resources in English, including:

  • Posters, partner letters and toolkits
  • Activity and colouring sheets
  • Rhyme sheets
  • Printable booklist
Parrots in their nest from A busy Day for Birds

Welsh-English resources

Bilingual Welsh-English resources, including:

  • Posters and toolkits
  • Activity sheets
  • Rhyme sheets
  • Colouring sheets

National Bookstart Week archive

National Bookstart Week 2017: Let's Explore Outdoors

National Bookstart Week 2017 was an outdoors adventure to remember. All our brilliant resources are still available to download.

National Bookstart Week 2016: Under the Sea

In 2016, National Bookstart Week headed Under the Sea for stories, rhymes and fun. Find out more and download all your sea-themed resources.