Bookstart around the world

Schemes around the world have followed our lead
Schemes around the world have followed our lead

Find out about the Bookstart programme in your area

Around the UK


Bookstart in England was the first national bookgifting programme in the world, which began as a pilot in Birmingham in 1992.

Find out more about Bookstart in England


Northern Ireland

Bookstart in Northern Ireland has given the gift of free books to thousands of children in their first year and at age four along with guidance material for parents and carers. Sadly, it was announced in March 2015 that government funding would be cut and Book Trust are looking for alternative partners.

Find out more about Bookstart in Northern Ireland



Dechrau Da/Bookstart is the universal gifting programme through which free bilingual book packs are gifted to children at nine months and two years old by their health visitor.

Find out more about Bookstart in Cymru/Wales



For information on free books for under 5s in Scotland please visit Scottish Book Trust.



Bookstart has also extended beyond the UK's borders and there are now affiliated schemes across five continents. International interest in Bookstart continues to grow and we offer free affiliation to other projects throughout the world that give free books to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.


Find out more about our international affiliates