Bookstart in Wales

Bookstart in Wales has been changing the lives of children for the better for over ten years.

Reading with your child is a key skill that helps with their speech and language development. So whether it's a bedtime story or sharing funny poems with each other during long car journeys, I would encourage you to take five minutes every day to enjoy some time together because your children will certainly reap the rewards.

Keith Towler, Children's Commissioner for Wales

Dechrau Da/Bookstart gifts free bilingual book packs to every child in Wales at nine-months and two-years-old to inspire a love of reading that will give them a flying start in life.


Bookstart gives you...

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


How Bookstart works in Wales

Dechrau Da/Bookstart is managed by the Welsh office of independent charity Book Trust and funded by the Welsh Government.


Find out more on the Book Trust Cymru website


The Bookstart programme is only made possible with the time and resources invested by our partners in libraries and in health visitor teams across Wales.