Book Trust receives central funding to run the Bookstart programme in England and Wales.

‘Support for Bookstart is support for the dreams and imaginations and futures of British children.’


Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy


Bookstart is administered by the national independent charity Book Trust. It is a public/private, multi-agency partnership with support and sponsorship from children's publishers and is the largest corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnership of its kind in the UK.


Bookstart central funding is provided through:


  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport in England
  • Welsh Government in Wales


Value for money

Bookstart is an excellent example of an innovative public/private partnership, which uses seed investment from government to generate huge support from the private sector. Generous support is provided by children’s publishers, authors and illustrators.


An independent Social Return on Investment study in 2010 found that for every £1 invested by the state in Bookstart, £25 of social value is returned.


Find out more

Book Trust provides the Bookstart packs, and all additional learning resources and activities, free of charge to every local authority in England and Wales. Each local authority works across health, libraries, early years and children’s centres to meet local priorities and community needs.

The packs – Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure, for preschool children – are delivered in person to families by health visitors, librarians and early years teachers, as well as practitioners who support womens’ refuges, teenage parents, travelling communities and other groups.


Explore this section further to discover how we work with our key partners – publishers, libraries, health and early years professionals.