National Bookstart Week, 5th – 11th June 2017

This week is National Bookstart Week (5th – 11th June)

What is Bookstart?

Bookstart* is a national scheme offering free books to children under five years old and advice to parents on sharing books with their children at an early age.

Where do I get my books?

The Bookstart Baby Pack is given to parents by your health visitor at your baby’s three to six month assessment.

This purple bag should contain two board books, guidance leaflets for parents, information about libraries and an invitation for your baby to join your local library.

Once your preschooler is 3-4 years old, there is a Bookstart Tresure gift given by their nursery or children’s centre.

Our Experience

I’ve been aware of Bookstart from our postnatal group. A lady from our local library came to one session.

She gave all the baby’s there their first book and us parents advice on reading at a young age.

We also had the opportunity to join our baby’s to the library straightaway and were given their first library card on the day.

Our health visitor also turned up for one of our weighing appointments with my daughter’s purple Bookstart bag.

Then on World Book Day (2015) at our local library we were given our book token along with a blue Bookstart bear and another board book.

We try to go to our local library atleast twice a month, but we always go during school breaks. My daughter is collecting stickers in her reading adventure book. She gains one on every visit.

Today at Rhyme Time we were given Everybunny Dance! story book and bunny ears to decorate to do our own bunny dance.

We also received a Let’s Explore Outdoors rhyme sheet with our favourite rhymes; Little Peter Rabbit, Row Row Row Your Boat, A Hedgehog is Very Prickly and more.


This week Bookstart are also celebrating 25 years!

Since Bookstart started in 1992 over 34 million books have been gifted to children across the UK.

To celebrate BookTrust, supported by Hodder Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies of Ellie Sandall’s Everybunny Dance! to give away during National Bookstart Week.

Getting children started on their reading journey from an early age is key to inspiring a love of reading.

Theme and Events

National Bookstart Week’s theme for 2017 is ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’, attend a free event across the UK from Monday 5th – Sunday 11th June to celebrate too.

Download fun activities, rhymes and stories for your family on the Bookstart website.

*Bookstart is part of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme.

Disclaimer: I have not received payment or incentive for this post, these are my honest views and opinions.

8 comments on “National Bookstart Week, 5th – 11th June 2017

  1. We love books and were given one of those packs from our health visitor at the 9-12 month assessment, a little gutted we haven’t even heard of the other bits they do though, apart from the sticker book xx

  2. We got ours when we registered Isla’s birth, and then we got given another pack at a children’s centre group we did. I think it’s a wonderful idea. Isla has so many books, she has a big wicker hamper over flowing with them.

  3. This is so important, I’m really happy that health visitors provide for parents with the books from the beginning. I am very passionate about reading with my children and we love going to the library. I’ve seen some local events but haven’t managed to get to any as of yet, I’ll definitely try and make it along with Benjamin x

  4. Oh my goodness, this is such a wonderful package! We’ll get a free maternity package and it contains only one book. Although I’ve bought some books for D already, it would be nice to have something like this here as well 🙂

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