Handbooks and videos

Download handbooks

Health visitor and familyPartnership handbook PDF – Bookstart Coordinators and other professionals administering the programme


Health Visitors handbook PDF – Health professionals


Early Years handbook PDF – Early Years professionals


Related downloads


Bookstart library posterBookstart posters

You can download four posters to put up in libraries and other settings to promote reading with young children. There are also versions that you can tailor for events, such as Bookstart Rhymetimes or your pack-gifting sessions:


Health Visitors guidance video


Stories are fun for everyone video

Bookstart provides an invaluable resource for Health Visitors to use to increase parent-infant interaction. Therefore encouraging sensitive, attuned parenting and consequently promoting development and maintaining infant health.

Hazel Towler – Health Visitor Lead, Northamptonshire


Puppets guidance

Watch video guidance around sharing stories using finger puppets, such as those included in Bookstart Corner and Bookstart Star packs

Watch Maia's reading journey

Discover what happens when a baby is given a love of stories, songs and rhymes from the start.