For children who are deaf

Who are the packs for?

Bookshine packs are provided free to parents or carers of deaf children up to (and including) the age of five. Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs.


Who gifts the packs?

The professional gifting the pack decides which pack is the most suitable for the child.


Bookstart Coordinators usually work with partners in sensory impairment teams to identify children who would benefit from the gift of these packs.


Bookstart Coordinators can log in to order Bookshine packs


What's in the packs?

There are two Bookshine packs available:


  • Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old)
  • Bookshine (3-5 years old)


Bookshine packs


Both packs contain:


  • Two board books
  • A Bookshine booklet of advice about sharing books with deaf children
  • A Bookshine book guide listing lots more great books, as well as useful organisations and resources
  • A nursery rhyme place mat featuring two rhymes and photographs of babies signing


The Bookshine pack (for children aged 3–5 years old) also includes a book suitable for older children, currently Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. Also included is special bookmark that uses British Sign Language to sign key words from the story.


Find out more

View the Bookshine booklistFind and download resources for families with additional needs


Book Trust uses the term 'deaf' to describe people across the range of deafness/hearing loss. Bookstart also uses the abbreviation ‘BSL’ to refer to British Sign Language, and acknowledges that some families use other forms of signing.