Bookstart, part of BookTrust, gifts free books to all children to inspire in them a love of reading and to help families read together. This happens in two stages. Every child is entitled to receive a Bookstart Baby Pack (for ages 0-12 months) and a Bookstart Treasure Bag (for 3 - 4 year olds). Packs are given to families by their Health Visitor.
If English is not your first language, you may be able to get a book in another language as part of your Bookstart packs and there is also guidance available in certain languages. Please ask your Health Visitor.
A set amount of packs and resources for children with additional needs is given to each local authority. Ask your Health Visitor about Bookshine (for children who are deaf), Booktouch (for children who are blind or partially sighted) and Bookstart Star (for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills). Bookstart is for every child, so families are entitled to any of these packs in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs.
Bear's reading adventure
The Bookstart Bear Club is another free initiative available across Swindon Libraries. It encourages and rewards young families for regular library visiting and book-borrowing.
Children aged 0-4 years are entitled to a free sticker storybook called Bear’s Reading Adventure, ask at any Swindon library for a copy to take home.
You will also be given a stamp card which is to be shown every time your child visits a library and where they will receive a paw print stamp on their card. Once you have visited the library 4 times, your child will be given a sticker to complete a page in their book!
Bookstart is run by Booktrust - an independent charity - and funded by the Department for Education and sponsorship from more than 25 children's publishers.
For more details please see the Bookstart website or contact:
Swindon Bookstart Co-ordinator
Tel: 07467 440705