BookTrust Storytime

An exciting new library experience for families with children aged 0-5.

When BookTrust Storytime launched last Autumn, families were invited to take part through their local library, where they enjoyed free activities, storytime sessions and a welcoming space to have fun together. There was also a chance to vote for their favourite story on the BookTrust Storytime Prize shortlist.

The Whales on the Bus wins the BookTrust Storytime Prize

The Whales on the Bus by Katrina Charman and illustrator Nick Sharratt has won the BookTrust Storytime Prize, chosen by families and librarians as their favourite new book for sharing with babies and young children.

Read the full news story here

Continue your Storytime adventure

Find out about all six of the brilliant books that were shortlisted for the prize last year and enjoyed at libraries across the country. You can still watch author readings of the six books and download activity sheets for each story.

Find your library

To find your closest library that ran BookTrust Storytime events, just click here and then select your region, as they may have other events and activities available. If you can't find your local library on the list, it's worth checking in with them to borrow the books on the shortlist or to see what else they may have planned for this year.

We are currently preparing for this year’s BookTrust Storytime Prize and will announce the new shortlist in summer 2022, so please keep an eye out! 

Information for practitioners

If you work with libraries and want to find out more about the BookTrust Storytime offer, just click on the link below. You can also contact your BookTrust Relationship Manager or, for general enquiries, please email

Information for practitioners 

Get stuck in to stories and activities

If you're looking for great activities to do with your children, why not take a look at our HomeTime page - it's packed full of stories, plus loads of things to make and do. Alternatively, we’ve created a brilliant Bookfinder to help you find your child's next favourite story.

© Caterpillar Books Ltd 2019. Written by Libby Walden. Illustrations copyright © Jacqui Lee 2019

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our activities may be subject to changes or delays. Please check back for the latest updates.