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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.

Letterbox Club

Across the UK, children are enrolled for the Letterbox Club by local authorities and schools.

Each child receives their own colourful parcel of books, maths games, stationery and other high quality materials once every month for six months, from May to October. For many children, it's the first time they have had a letter or a parcel through the post and for some it's the first time they have had books of their own.

Key benefits:

  • Children feel 'remembered' and are excited about receiving their parcels.
  • Carers/families and their children spend more time together reading and playing games.
  • Children read to others and share books.
  • Children have increased confidence in reading and number.
  • Parcels are delivered despite placement moves and give continuity to the child.

The Letterbox Club is also suitable for a range of children who might benefit, such as those on the edge of care, or as part of post-adoption support.

Local authorities and schools can use Pupil Premium Plus for children who are looked-after and Pupil Premium for other vulnerable children.

Letterbox Club parcels are delivered to participating local authorities and schools, who then post them to the child's home address each month, or give them to the children they have enrolled in school. Note that BookTrust does not deliver directly to the child's home address.

For further infomation visit Letterbox Club (external link)

Who to contact

020 7801 8800
Last Updated: 12/07/2022
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