National Bookstart Week

We’ll be swinging into more reading adventures from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2015...

Find out more about 2015's jungle activities, including our booklet giveaway and celebrity storyteller!



National Bookstart Week 2014's My hero fun

Thousands of families discovered their hero during our 2014 celebration of reading every day, which ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June.

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Christopher Robin in Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)

NBW posterDuring National Bookstart Week 2014, we were encouraging families to read every day as a fun shared experience that helps children begin to listen, talk and learn about the world around them.

Our theme for the week was ‘My hero’. Thanks to HarperCollins, we were thrilled to give away thousands of special copies of Super Duck by Jez Alborough, who also created these wonderful new illustrations of his beloved characters as everyday heroes.

The kids loved making the superhero masks and soon we had little superheros running around (flying) during the session, making up their own stories and having fun 

We hope you were able to join us for one of the hundreds of free events held at libraries, nurseries, children's centres and bookshops across the country for preschool children and their families, with stories, rhymes and lots of other fun activities.


View photos from National Bookstart Week 2014

Watch a film of National Bookstart Week 2014


The week itself is over, but the fun of reading every day and celebrating heroes never ends! Take a look at the hero-themed activities below and don't forget to reward a someone with a place on our Wall of reading heroes!

Our libraries are our hero giving us somewhere fun to go and we love our Bookstart packs 

 Read more thoughts about National Bookstart Week 2014 on our Families feedback page

'Super Duck' online storybook

'Super Duck' online storybook

Follow Duck, Goat, Sheep and Frog in an adventure with kites and trucks! Exciting voiceover and top tips will help you get the most from sharing Jez Alborough’s fun story and there are also versions in Welsh and BSL.

My hero picture maker

My hero picture maker

We’ll take you step-by-step though colouring in a Super Duck hero, choosing a background and making it your own with drawing tools and stickers, and then submitting your picture to a gallery or printing it out.

My hero activity sheets

My hero activity sheets

From reading to rhyming and baking to cape-making, there's plenty of hero-themed fun to entertain and inspire little readers!

My hero online activities

My hero online activities

We’re still celebrating heroes – from superheroes to relatives, and storybook characters to community members. So why not reward your child’s hero with a certificate, or a place on our Wall of reading heroes?