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.

We have found it a very successful, non-threatening, fun activity in which both parents and children can gain many different skills. It has highlighted to parents how much children can benefit from reading stories, listening to rhymes and being involved in singing. It is also an opportunity to discuss school readiness with parents.

Rebecca Biggs – Family Support Worker, Northamptonshire Children's Centres

Want to get involved?Bookstart Corner sharing books

Registration for Bookstart Corner 2014/15 is currently open and all children’s centres are eligible to sign-up. We have sent log-in details out to all centres in our database. If you haven’t received an email from us and would like to sign up to Bookstart Corner please email

We have a limited number of packs available so please ensure you sign up as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out.


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 'Bookstart for Every Child' stakeholder events being held in October 2014




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

Read evidence of the value and impact of Bookstart Corner