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Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at two key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. 

How it works

Bookstart gives you free books to share with your child, support and guidance as you inspire a love of books in your child.

An opportunity to engage with other families at vibrant and fun community events. A place to find everything you need to share books, stories and rhymes with your child, online.

Bookstart Baby Pack

Your health visitor, or other health professional, should gift this purple bag in your baby's first year to help you share stories, rhymes and songs.

The content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books.

Bookstart Treasure Gift

Your preschooler will receive their special gift envelope when they are 3 to 4 years old, from their nursery, children's centre or other early years setting.

Inside is a picture book for you to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading together.

Who to contact

020 7801 8800
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