Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities, and much more.

Bookstart is based on a simple premise that children who have an early introduction to books benefit educationally, culturally, socially and emotionally. As the world's first national book-gifting programme, Bookstart aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible.

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 two books and a parental guidance booklet.

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.

Booktouch (0-4 years)

This pack is for blind and partially sighted children and contains touch and feel books. It consists of a Bookstart canvas Bag, two 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 two 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.

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

Milton Keynes Libraries contact information

Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL