National Bookstart Week 2014 – thanks to all you heroes!

Special hero illustrations by Jez Alborough for National Bookstart Week
Special hero illustrations by Jez Alborough for National Bookstart Week

From Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June, there were events across the country encouraging families to read with their child every day.

‘Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.’ – Christopher Robin in Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)

‘My hero’ theme

This year’s theme was ‘My hero’, which provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy favourite hero stories, books and rhymes and enter a world of adventure and imagination! We were also thrilled to be supported by HarperCollins publishers in giving away special copies of Super Duck by Jez Alborough.


‘My hero’ resources and activities

Alongside the posters, invites and activity sheets that were sent out, there were also downloadable resources to make the week as accessible and engaging as possible for all families. These will remain available until next year, along with an online storybook, game, certificate-maker and Wall of reading heroes.


Go to the National Bookstart Week family pages


‘My hero’ events and stories

Thanks to everyone who posted their events on the website! We also want to showcase your successes, so please email with your feedback, photos and any great quotes from your events and we will put a selection on the website. Do also email us with any queries.

Download your resources

We hope your families had fun with the My hero resources you were sent or downloaded. These will be available until next year, so feel free to use them in sessions or direct families towards them for sharing at home.

Bookstart events

Look back at National Bookstart Week events (change search dates to 9-15 June), tell us about your own and post information about other Bookstart events.

Online activities

The Bookstart website has lots of activities to play with and download. Explore online and let your local families know what's on offer.