Bookstart | Oxfordshire County Council

Bookstart

Bookstart inspires a love of books and reading.

mother child reading a book

Bookstart is a national programme which gives free books to all babies and young children at three years old.

Each pack contains two books, information about sharing books with your child and library information. You can see what is available below.

Pack Age group Where to get it
Bookstart Baby pack up to 12 months Ask your health visitor
My Bookstart Treasure 36-47 months Ask your pre-school, nursery or library
Bookshine 0 to 4 years - for children who are deaf Ask your pre-school, nursery or library
Booktouch 0 to 4 years – for children who are blind and partially sighted Ask your pre-school, nursery or library

If you speak English as a second language, you can ask for dual language books (pdf format, 19Kb).

Bookstart for babies 0-12 months

Packs are usually given out to babies at around seven to nine months by the health visitor. If you didn't receive a pack, ask at your local library. Remember to take your health record book along with you.

The Bookstart Baby canvas bag contains:

  • two board books
  • a nursery rhyme place mat
  • a booklet with information and advice on sharing stories with young children
  • a booklist and an invitation to join the local library.

Bookstart Treasure for pre-schoolers 36-48 months

Most children will receive their Bookstart Treasure through their early years group, that is, their pre-school playgroup or nursery. If your child doesn't attend such a group, you can pick up a pack at a library. Remember to take your health record book along with you.

The Treasure Box with a secret compartment contains:

  • two picture books
  • coloured pencils
  • My First Marks booklet
  • a book guide
  • A Book of Ideas – tips for sharing books
  • a booklist and guidance leaflet
  • invitation to join the local library.

Bookshine

Books and reading guidance for hearing impaired  children aged up to four.

Packs contain two specially chosen books designed to stimulate children's senses.
The cotton shoulder bag contains:

  • two books
  • a book guide and advice about sharing books with hearing impaired children
  • nursery rhyme place mat. 

Booktouch - for visually impaired children up to four

Booktouch packs are free to parents or carers of visually impaired children up to the age of four. The cotton shoulder bag contains:

  • two touch and feel books
  • booklet of advice about sharing books with blind and partially sighted children
  • guide listing lots more great books
  • leaflet listing useful services related to reading
  • Rhymetime CD and book.

Rhymetimes

Bookstart Rhymetimes are activities for babies, toddlers and their parents. Find out what's going on in Oxfordshire.

Ordering Packs

  • For enquiries regarding registration for Bookstart resources please contact jane.mason@oxfordshire.gov.uk marked 'FAO Bookstart Coordinator'
  • If you are already registered with Oxfordshire Bookstart as a health or early years setting, and are requesting delivery of resources, please contact jane.mason@oxfordshire.gov.uk marked 'Bookstart' plus the name of your setting
Last reviewed
25 January 2016
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