Resources for children with additional needs

Bookstart is for every child, so families are entitled to any of these packs in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs. A set amount of packs is given to each local authority's Bookstart Coordinator, who can be contacted via your health visitor, health clinic, early years setting, or local library.



Bookshine Baby and Toddler packsBookshine for children who are deaf

  • There are two packs: Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3-5 years old)
  • Each pack has two books, a rhyme place mat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books. The toddler pack also includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language.


Other resources and support:




Booktouch for children who are blind or partially sighted

  • Booktouch Baby and Toddler packsThere are two packs: Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-5 years old)
  • Each pack has two touch-and-feel books, a Bookstart Rhymetimes CD and booklet, and lots of guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.


Other resources and support:




Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

  • This pack is available for children aged 3–5 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills.
  • Bookstart Star packEack pack has a copy of Off to the Park! (exclusive touch-and-feel book from Child's Play publishers), Mouse is Small (board book), animal finger puppets for playing along with the story, and guidance sheets.


Other resources and support: