BookTrust Storytime information for practitioners

BookTrust Storytime is a pilot initiative to support families with children aged 0-5 – especially those who are disadvantaged – to engage with their local public library and develop an ongoing reading habit.

BookTrust Storytime offers a range of resources for librarians, alongside activities for families, that will bring the magic of reading to life, inspiring families to share stories and make visiting the local library a regular and long-lasting part of family life.

This year’s BookTrust Storytime Prize shortlist, will be used to encourage families to make repeat visits to the library to enjoy the different stories and engage in the different activities on offer.

Activity sheets for each of the Storytime Prize shortlisted books

Winner announcement and celebration event

The winner of the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2021 will be announced at a special virtual event on 25 January 2022. The event will also be a celebration of the pilot scheme and a huge thank you to the librarians and staff who made it happen.

If you would like to attend the event, which will be hosted on Zoom at 6-7pm on 25 January, please drop a line to, who will add you to the invite list.

How libraries are involved

Every library in England has been invited to take part and receive a pack of the shortlisted books, alongside access to a range of digital resources. We are also working with a smaller number of libraries to offer a more extensive package of resources and opportunities to test new ways of inspiring shared story experiences through local libraries.

The pilot itself has a three-tiered approach, with different levels of library engagement.

  • Every library in England has been invited to take part and receive a pack of the shortlisted books, plus access to digital resources.
  • Three hundred libraries will also receive physical resources and be encouraged to run storytime sessions for local families and take part in the BookTrust Storytime Prize winner vote – to be announced in early 2022.
  • A further group of ten libraries – located in Luton (Leagrave Road Library), Lancashire (Nelson Library), Cornwall (Camborne Library), Rochdale (Balderstone library), Bradford (Laisterdyke library), Cambridgeshire (Wisbech Library), Rotherham (Rawmarsh Library), Hackney (Dalston CLR Library), Bristol (Junction 3 Library) and Sandwell (Stone Cross Library) – have been selected to work intensely with BookTrust to test a range of additional ideas, materials and activities to further inspire and motivate families who need more help beginning their reading journeys.

Participating libraries should have received a link to access all the relevant resources including toolkits, activity sheets, author readings and more. If you haven’t received the link or have other questions please contact your BookTrust Relationship Manager.

If you want to register your library, or for other queries, please email

For more detail read the news item announcing BookTrust Storytime

Check out the shortlisted books for the BookTrust Storytime Prize

Find BookTrust Storytime information for families

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