Bookstart is a national book gifting programme which aims to give every child a lifelong love of books and reading. It encourages parents to share books with their children from an early age and helps promote the benefits of libraries to families.
Many parents are surprised to learn that babies can benefit from books at such an early age, but research shows that babies and toddlers who love books begin reading sooner and have a better chance at school.
Bookstart give free book packs at key stages of a child's development between 0 and 4 years. In Worcestershire the Bookstart Baby pack is gifted by health visitors in the baby's first year usually at the 8/9 month developmental check. The Bookstart Treasure pack is gifted through a child's early year's setting or library, when the child is 4 years old.
Worcestershire's libraries take part in National Bookstart Week each year celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books and stories with young children every day. Ask in your local library for event details.
Time to Read
Time to Read delivers a free book to all children of reception age. This is coordinated by Schools' Library Service (SLS) and delivered jointly by SLS and Libraries and Learning. If your school has not received your packs or you are a home educator, please contact SLS on 01905 420273.
BookBuzz gives students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11 to 13 year olds and carefully selected by a panel of experts. The programme is aimed at Year 7 students and delivered via participating schools.