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Inspiring a love of Books

Bookstart Packs

Bookstart gives away free book packs to every child in England, at two key ages before they start school:


Baby Pack


You’ll get your first Bookstart pack in your baby’s first year, usually from your health visitor or other health professional. You can also ask at your local library.


The pack contains everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby.

Find out what’s inside.


Treasure Pack


Your child will get the second Bookstart ‘Treasure’ pack when they are 3-4 years old, from their nursery, playgroup or other early years setting.


The pack contains all the tools to share books with your child, to help them become a confident and eager learner even before they start school.

Find out what’s inside.



The Bookstart website also includes lots of games and activities and recommends more fantastic books for your babies, todlers and preschoolers.

Additional Needs

Bookstart is for every child

The Bookstart packs are created with the aim of helping all children to develop a love of books. If you have a child who is deaf, or has a visual impairment, you can obtain either of the packs below in addition to the regular Bookstart packs.


Bookshine: for children who are deaf
If your child is deaf you can ask for a free Bookshine pack, specially created for babies and young children aged 0–4.


Booktouch: for children who have a visual impairment
If your child is blind or partially sighted you can ask for a free Booktouch pack, specially created for babies and children aged 0–4. 




English not your first Language

You can get books in your language and English for free.




Bookstart Bear Club

The Bookstart Bear Club is FREE to join. Through it you can discover local Bookstart events, Play games, Get book recommendations for your child and that’s not all…


To find out more or join the Bear Club today – Click Here.


Finding Us

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