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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
  • Double sided rhyme sheet
  • Reading with your Child booklet with advice and suggestions for sharing books

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 envelope. The envelope contains:

  • 1 picture book
  • Share the Fun: 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 .

Bookstart in Libraries

The Bookstart Bear travels all over Cheshire attending Storytimes and events in libraries, look out for events near you.

You might want to join the Bookstart Bear Club (PDF 84KB) or the Bear’s Reading Adventure (PDF, 2MB), just ask in the library. 

Contact us

Frances Lennon, Booktrust Coordinator. Telephone 01244 977554 / 07827 954086  or Email:

Wendy Hammond, Bookstart Administrator. Telephone: 07827 877966  or Email: