National Bookstart Week 2016

National Bookstart Week 2016

National Bookstart Week 2016 heads under the sea!

This year, BookTrust's annual celebration of sharing stories, books and rhymes will run from 6-12 June, and the 2016 theme is... Under the Sea.

We're thrilled to be supported by Barefoot Books in producing 450,000 copies of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea to be given away at events across the country. The book, by Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald, is a wonderfully colourful underwater adventure with lots of creatures to meet along the way.


A fantastic, read-along online edition of the book will be coming soon and will include a BSL video version. Watch this space for news about our celebrity storyteller and launch dates.


There are lots resources and information available here to help you plan your National Bookstart Week events and activities. Click here to jump straight to all these downloads:


  • Crab image for NBW professionalsPress toolkit
  • Posters (including empty-belly posters)
  • Invitations
  • Rhyme sheets
  • Shark headband activity
  • Crab and squid colouring-in sheets


We would love to hear about the events you have planned!