Bookstart, Bookshine and Booktouch

Resources for the very young, deaf or blind and partially sighted children.

Bookstart is based on a simple premise that children who have an early introduction to books benefit educationally, culturally, socially and emotionally.

Bookstart UK is the first national Books for Babies programme in the world. Every baby born in England is entitled to two free Bookstart Packs during their early years' development.

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Bookstart Baby Pack (0-12 weeks)

Given out between 6-12 weeks via baby’s health visitor. The pack consists of a canvas bag containing 2 books and a parental guidance booklet.

Bookstart Baby Pack
Bookstart Baby Pack

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Bookstart Treasure Bags (26-47 months)

Available to your child through his/her nursery, playgroup, children's centre or childminder. It consists of a treasure bag with two picture books and a parental guidance booklet.

Bookstart Treasure Bag
Bookstart Treasure Bag

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Booktouch (0-4 years)

This pack is for blind and partially sighted children and contains touch and feel books. It consist of a Bookstart canvas Bag, 2 books chosen to match the child's needs, a guidance book 'Ways to Read' and local library information.

Bookshine (0-4 years)

This pack is for deaf children and contains 2 books including a touch and feel book, a nursery rhyme book featuring BSL signs and a Bookshine advice booklet about sharing books with deaf children.

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Further Information

Bookstart, Bookshine and Booktouch Packs:
Please contact the Bookstart Administrator on 01908 217135.

Your Child's Health Development Review:
Please contact the Clinical Lead - Health Visitors on 01908 355163.


Share stories, songs and rhymes with your children at your local library storytimes.

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Last Updated: 24 April 2019