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Bookstart

Bookstart is a national programme to encourage all parents and carers to enjoy sharing books with their children from as early an age as possible.


Bookstart packs

All children are eligible to receive the following 2 free book packs:

The Bookstart Baby pack

This pack is for babies aged 0 to 18 months, and is usually given by the health visitors at developmental checks. If you're a parent and you haven't received a pack, you can request one from your local library.

The pack contains:

  • 2 board books – perfect to enjoy with your baby (titles vary)
  • Babies Love Books – a guide to sharing books, top tips and recommendations for more books to share
  • Bookstart rhyme poster – great to put up on your wall or fridge to enjoy rhymes together at home every day
  • purple bag with a short handle and zip – practical and stylish for mums, dads and carers

My Bookstart Treasure Gift

This pack is for children aged 3 to 4 years old. It is usually given out at nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups.

  • a picture book - wonderful to share with your pre-schooler (titles vary)
  • Share the Fun - full of top tips and guidance about sharing books and having fun together
  • a special gift envelope that your 3 to 4 year old will love opening

Bookstart for special needs and in other languages

Dual language

Books and guidance leaflets in a range of languages are offered for families for whom English is a second language.

Additional needs

Packs for children with additional needs include:

  • Booktouch pack is available for blind and partially sighted children
  • Bookshine pack for deaf or hearing impaired children
  • Bookstart Star pack for children with a condition or disability that delays or impacts on their fine motor skills

These packs have been developed by Bookstart working in partnership with RNIB and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

The additional needs packs can be obtained through health visitors, from any library in Derbyshire, or by contacting Janet Winfield tel: 01629 533400 or email: janet.winfield@derbyshire.gov.uk

If you have any questions or queries about Bookstart in Derbyshire please email: book.start@derbyshire.gov.uk