National Bookstart Week 2013

National Bookstart Week 2013

Discover the magic of fairy tales with Bookstart

'If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.'

 Albert Einstein

National Bookstart Week took place in June

This year, we celebrated the magical world of fairy tales for National Bookstart Week. With thousands of free events for preschool children and their families, there were stories, rhymes and lots of other fun activities. We also gave away, thanks to the support of publishers Child's Play, copies of the classic Ugly Duckling story, beautifully illustrated by Masumi Furukawa.


Events took place all over the country in libraries, nurseries, children's centres and bookshops –  a great way to celebrate reading together and families everywhere getting involved in their child's early learning.


View photos from events in our gallery


There's still time to join in the fun!

National Bookstart Week may be over, but every week there are hundreds of fun, free rhymetimes and storytimes for you and your child to attend.


To find out what's on near you, ask at your local library, or view our events calendar.

Watch the animated story of The Ugly Duckling 

The Ugly Duckling

Discover the magic of fairy tales by reading the the classic Ugly Duckling story with your child. You can also meet Duckling's friends and play the fairy tales pairs game.