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What is Bookstart

Bookstart is built on a simple premise - babies who have an early introduction to books benefit in lots of ways, educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally.

Bookstart is administered by Booktrust, an independent Arts charity funded by the Arts Council England. Booktrust is the largest reading charity in the UK working to inspire a love of reading in children because we know reading can transform lives.

Bookstart Packs 

Your child will receive Bookstart packs at regular intervals -

Bookstart baby for babies 0-12 months

This pack is given to babies by Health Visitors at their 6–8 week check which takes place at home.  Please ask your Health Visitor if it is not offered. The pack is contained within a purple and yellow bag with a short handle and zip.

Bookstart Baby Pack Shot 2018 Web

The bag contains:

- 2  Board Books

- A double sided 'Time for a Rhyme' Sheet

- A 'Reading with your Child' months booklet with advice and suggestions for sharing books


Bookstart Treasure 

This pack is for pre-school children aged 3-4 years. Given to children at their nursery setting/childminder in the year before they start school. The pack is contained in a blue envelope as shown in the image below.

Bookstart Treasure Pack Shot 2018 Web

The envelope contains:

- 1 picture book

- 'Reading with your Child' booklet with advice and suggestions for sharing books


Bookstart in Libraries

The Bookstart Bear travels all over Cheshire attending Storytimes and events in libraries, look out for events near you.

You might want to join the Bookstart Bear Club or the Bear’s Reading Adventure. Click the image below to find your local library, where you can ask for more information. 

Bookstart Joinmyclub


Contacting Bookstart

Frances Lennon, Booktrust Coordinator
Telephone 01244 977554 / 07827 954086  

Wendy Hammond, Bookstart Administrator
Telephone: 07827 877966


Discover more about Bookstart and their website, by clicking the icon below.

Booktrust Bookstart Logo 2018