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Bookstart is built on a simple premise - babies who have an early introduction to books benefit in lots of ways, educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally.

Bookstart is administered by Booktrust, an independent Arts charity funded by the Arts Council England.

Bookstart packs

Your child will receive Bookstart packs at regular intervals -

Bookstart baby for babies 0-12 months is given to babies by Health Visitors, and your child should receive it by the time they are six months old. If not, please ask your Health Visitor. The pack is contained within a purple and yellow bag with a short handle and zip. The bag contains:

  • 2 x board books
  • Rhyme frieze - featuring four rhymes
  • Babies Love Books (updated Anholt version) - including £1 book token and book recommendations

Bookstart Treasure for pre-school children aged 3-4 years is given to children at their nursery setting. The pack is contained in a blue and red envelope. The bag contains:

  • 1 picture book
  • Treasure: a book of ideas

Bookstart Corner

A new, targeted programme for children 12-30 months. It will be gifted to disadvantaged families, via Children’s Centres. Please email your local Children’s Centre for details .

The Bookstart Bear

The Bookstart Bear travels all over Cheshire attending Storytimes and events in libraries.

You might want to join the Bookstart Bear Club (PDF 84KB) - ask your library.

Contact us

Frances Lennon, Booktrust Schemes Coordinator. Telephone 01244 977554 or Email:

Wendy Hammond, Bookstart Administrator. Telephone: 07881 506154 or Email: