Bookstart in England was the first national bookgifting programme in the world

In 1992, Booktrust worked with partnership with libraries and health visitors in Birmingham to create Bookstart. It started with 300 babies and grew into the first national bookgifting programme in the world. Today, over a million children receive a free Bookstart pack every year.


How does it work?

Bookstart in England is administered by the independent charity Booktrust and funding is provided by the Department for Education.

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What packs are available?

Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at two key stages before they start school:

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