Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Sadly, it was announced in March 2015 that NI government funding would be cut and Book Trust are looking for alternative partners.

Bookstart has existed in Northern Ireland to inspire a love of reading that gives children a flying start in life

We have offered the gift of free books to all children in Northern Ireland at key ages before they start school. Each pack contains books to share with children as well as advice, information and resources.

Bookstart gives families...

  • Free books to share with children
  • Support and guidance to inspire a love of books in children
  • An opportunity to engage with other families at vibrant and fun community events
  • A place to find everything families need to share books, stories and rhymes with their children, online.

How Bookstart has worked in Northern Ireland

DENI logoManaged by independent charity Book Trust, Bookstart has been possible thanks to an innovative public/private partnership between the Northern Ireland government and our publisher partners.

The Department of Education provided funding for every child to receive Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure packs, and the Bookstart+ pack for toddlers is also provided by some Sure Starts.

We have worked in partnership with health and education professionals who gift the packs and inform families about the importance of sharing books and rhymes with children from an early age.


More about Book Trust's programmes in Northern Ireland