Bookstart Corner

Bookstart Corner

Booktrust's targeted programme delivered in partnership with children's centres

Bookstart Corner supports children’s centres across England to help families that need the most support to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes.


Aimed at families with children aged 12-24 months, the programme allows centres to offer intensive support for parents and carers so that they may read together for pleasure with their children with confidence.


Free resources for families and professionals

All children's centres that sign up receive a number of free resources to use to help them build on the work already carried out with families. Each centre also receives either 25 or 50 packs, containing two picture books and guidance materials, to gift to families.


Want to get involved?Bookstart Corner sharing books

The third year of Bookstart Corner opened in early October 2013 and closed in late March 2014, with a total of 175,000 packs sent to almost 1,500 children’s centres. We will be in touch after the summer to let children’s centres know how they can take up the 2014-2015 offer. If you have queries, please email 


Login to the Booktart Corner website for children's centres


Strengthening Bookstart Corner

Stakeholder events were held around England in November 2013 to share feedback and best practice. Many thanks to all those who attended and anyone is welcome to download a PDF of the event presentation.



Find out about the Bookstart Corner pack for 2-year-olds

Read evidence of the value and impact of Bookstart Corner