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Free book packs for pre-school children

What is Bookstart?

Bookstart is a scheme to provide free book packs for pre-school children. Bookstart Baby packs are gifted by health professionals and Bookstart Treasure packs by early years providers.

Bookstart promotes a lifelong love of books and is based on the principle that children in the UK should enjoy and benefit from books as early as possible.

Bear's Reading Adventure

Follow Bookstart Bear and his family on their reading adventure in this sticker storybook from Book Trust- there are ten stickers for you to collect! Bear's Reading Adventure is free for all pre-school children, pick up your sticker storybook from your local Bournemouth library. Collect a sticker each time you borrow books from the library.

Bookshine: for children who are deaf

If your child is deaf you can ask the Portage team for a free Bookshine pack, specially created for babies and young children aged 0 to 4.

Booktouch: for children who have a visual impairment

If your child is blind or partially sighted you can ask the Portage team for a free Booktouch pack, specially created for babies and children aged 0 to 4.

If your child has not received a Baby pack by their 4 month health check or a Treasure pack before leaving their early years setting contact your local library.

Bookstart Wriggle & Rhyme and Toddler Times

Bournemouth Libraries hold weekly Baby Wriggle & Rhyme and Toddler Times sessions throughout the year at all of our libraries. Due to Covid, sessions are currently online only. See @BCPLibraries Facebook and BCP Council YouTube.