The Bookstart Star pack is aimed at children with disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills and includes books and resources to help families enjoy reading together every day.
Inside the new Bookstart Star pack is:
- Off to the Park! – an exclusive book from Child's Play publishers, which includes an array of tactile features such as a big red squashy ball, a glittering path and even an ice cream scented page.
- Mouse Is Small – a board book from Mary Murphy and children's publisher Walker.
- Animal finger puppets for playing along with the story.
- Resources to help parents and carers enjoy reading with their children.
The new pack will complement the universal packs which are gifted to young children at key stages of their development, and will join the Bookshine packs specially designed for deaf children, and Booktouch packs for blind children.
Our Head of Early Years Sector, Justine Hodgkinson said:
We are delighted to add the Bookstart Star pack to the Bookstart Programme, and hope it will inspire a love of books and reading for the children and families who receive it. There is so much enjoyment to be had from engaging with the stories included, from the exciting tactile pages of Off to the Park! to the finger puppets which encourage families to bring Mouse is Small to life. Reading has a huge impact on a child's development and the pleasure of sharing a story should be accessible for every child. We hope the Bookstart Star Pack will help us to reach even more families across the country.
The new Bookstart Star pack was launched yesterday (Thursday 13 February) for the first families to receive the pack, as well as publishers and partners.