Bookshine packs for children who are deaf

Elliot loves this book, it's so simple but has some good 'action' opportunities and he loves looking through his toilet roll handmade telescope!

Elliot's mum on the Bookshine pack

Who are the packs for?

Bookshine packs are available for children who are deaf. Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs.


Where can I get the Bookshine pack from?

Each local authority receives an allocation of Bookshine packs. You can request your free Bookshine pack from your health visitor, local health clinic, early years setting, or local library. Bookstart schemes also work closely with these professionals and sensory impairment teams to help make sure families receive the packs best suited to them.


In Northern Ireland? Contact Kathryn Anderson


What's in the packs?

There are two Bookshine packs available:


  • Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old)
  • Bookshine (3-5 years old)



Both packs contain:


  • Two board books
  • A Bookshine booklet of advice about sharing books with deaf children
  • A Bookshine book guide listing lots more great books, as well as useful organisations and resources
  • A nursery rhyme placemat featuring two rhymes and photographs of babies signing


The Bookshine pack (for children aged 3-5 years old) also includes a book suitable for older children, such as Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. Also included is a special bookmark that uses British Sign Language to sign key words from the story.


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Book Trust uses the term 'deaf' to describe people across the range of deafness/hearing loss. Bookstart also uses the abbreviation ‘BSL’ to refer to British Sign Language, and acknowledges that some families use other forms of signing.