Bookstart Professionals

National Bookstart Week

Professionals around the country helped families discover their heroes and a love of reading

Take the Rhyme Challenge

Get children and their families learning rhymes together at your children's centre, nursery or playgroup.

Rhymetime sheets

Discover our Bookstart Rhymetimes sheets – with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, Polly Dunbar and others.

Research update

Bookstart Corner celebrates success!

Bookstart Corner opens for a fourth year!

Children's Centres in England are now able to sign up for free resources to gift to eligible families

Black and white books best practice from coordinators

The black and white images help the baby to focus...

The Bookstart Team

Watch Maia's reading journey

Discover what happens when a baby is given a love of stories, songs and rhymes from the start.

Bookstart research

Bookstart matters! Read reports and summaries of independent research that supports our work in helping all children develop a love of reading.

Top resources

A project that encourages male prisoners to read with their young families has earned praise from Ofsted for its contribution to family learning. The Booktrust Stories Tour, which took a live literature show into prisons for prisoners to enjoy with their children, has been named a model of good practice by Ofsted.

Booktrust invites tenders for the telephone interview component of a randomised controlled trial of a pilot project with vulnerable pregnant women, called Bookstart Bump. All other aspects of the research - design, recruitment, analysis and reporting will be conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, Booktrust and local health trusts. The specification sets out the background and requirement for the telephone interview component of the research and details of the tendering process.

Latest resources

A project that encourages male prisoners to read with their young families has earned praise from Ofsted for its contribution to family learning. The Booktrust Stories Tour, which took a live literature show into prisons for prisoners to enjoy with their children, has been named a model of good practice by Ofsted.

Booktrust invites tenders for the telephone interview component of a randomised controlled trial of a pilot project with vulnerable pregnant women, called Bookstart Bump. All other aspects of the research - design, recruitment, analysis and reporting will be conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, Booktrust and local health trusts. The specification sets out the background and requirement for the telephone interview component of the research and details of the tendering process.