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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 packs are given to babies by Health Visitors at their six week check. They are also available at Stop 5 of the Parenting Journey. If you have not received one for your baby please ask your Health Visitor. The pack is contained within a yellow bag. The bag contains:

  • 2 x board books
  • 2 x cardboard nursery rhyme puppets
  • Sharing Stories with your Baby leaflet with tips and advice

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

  • 1 picture book
  • Share the Fun: a book of ideas

Bookstart Corner

A targeted programme for children 12-30 months. It is gifted via Children’s Centres. Please contact 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 107KB) 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:

Page last reviewed: 29 January 2021