Bookstart is a national programme which gives free books to all babies and young children at three years old.
Packs contain 1-2 books and information about sharing books with your child. Baby packs are gifted through health visitor teams during routine health checks. Treasure packs are gifted to children at early years settings at the age of 3 years.
Additional supporting resources are also available to support children who are deaf, visually impaired or have difficulties with their motor skills.
|Pack||Age group||Where to get it|
|Bookstart Baby pack||up to 12 months||Ask your health visitor|
|Bookstart Treasure||36-47 months||Ask your pre-school or nursery|
|Bookshine||0 to 5 years - for children who are deaf||Ask your pre-school or nursery|
|Booktouch||0 to 5 years – for children who are blind and partially sighted||Ask your pre-school or nursery|
|Book Star||0 to 5 years – for children who have disabilities that impact/delay development of motor skills||Ask your pre-school or nursery|
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.
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, parents or childminders can request packs directly from the Oxfordshire Libraries Bookstart Coordinator. Alternatively, parents or childminders can place an enquiry through their local library.
Bear's reading adventure
Bookstart Bear loves getting out and about and the library is his favourite place. Some libraries have his sticker story book which babies and toddlers will enjoy. They can collect stickers every time they visit their local library, borrow a book or take part in an activity like rhymetime or a storytime. Parents and carers should ask their local library for more information.
Bookstart encourages rhymes and rhymetime activities as these play an important role in developing early language skills in babies and toddlers. This will give children a good start and prepare them well for school readiness. Many Oxfordshire County Council libraries run free rhymetimes every week, sometimes more frequently. For more information, view the What's On pages of your local library online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries or ask at your local library in person.
- For enquiries regarding registration for Bookstart resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com marked 'Bookstart' plus the name of your setting