National Bookstart Week

National Bookstart Week

About National Bookstart Week

National Bookstart Week is BookTrust's annual event celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books and stories every day. Each year, we choose a theme to excite families, then give away our special Bookstart story booklets, as well as downloadable activities for enjoying at themed events or at home.


Reading every day is the message behind National Bookstart Week. Getting into the habit of sharing stories, books and rhymes with young children every day (even for just 10 minutes) shows children that reading is a fun activity, while helping them bond with family, understand their world and get ready for school and beyond.


Dive into an underwater adventure!

Our theme for National Bookstart Week 2016 (6-12 June) is 'under the sea' and the chosen book is Jessica Law and Jill McDonald's A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. Vist our 2016: Under the sea page to discover more about what's in store this summer.


And why not check out the links below to explore all the fun of recent National Bookstart Weeks.

2015: Jungle adventures!

National Bookstart Week 2015 ran from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June, with special copies of Rumble in the Jungle and related activity sheets given away at events around the country, plus lots more fun online!

2013: fairy tales!

The theme was 'Fairy tales' and our booklet giveaway was The Ugly Duckling, illustrated by Masumi Furukawa.