The Bookstart international affiliates programme, started in 2000, now includes 33 initiatives over five continents
Booktrust gifts free copies of Super Duck to neonatal units so that parents can read to their premature and poorly babies.
A project that encourages male prisoners to read with their young families has earned praise from Ofsted for its contribution to family learning. The Booktrust Stories Tour, which took a live literature show into prisons for prisoners to enjoy with their children, has been named a model of good practice by Ofsted.
Booktrust invites tenders for the telephone interview component of a randomised controlled trial of a pilot project with vulnerable pregnant women, called Bookstart Bump. All other aspects of the research - design, recruitment, analysis and reporting will be conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, Booktrust and local health trusts. The specification sets out the background and requirement for the telephone interview component of the research and details of the tendering process.
This report presents the findings from a nationwide survey with 272 parents who took part in Bookstart Corner. The survey was conducted face-to face and by telephone between November 2013 and February 2014. It was conducted by ActionPoint and is one part of the two part Bookstart Corner Evaluation 2013/2014.
This report presents the findings of in-depth interviews with 20 children's centre practitioners who deliver the Bookstart Corner programme. The fieldwork was conducted by Action Point research and is the one part of the two part Bookstart Corner evaluation 2013/2014.
This report presents the findings of a randomised pre and post-intervention self-completion survey with families who took part in the Bookstart Corner programme. Practitioners also completed pre and post intervention monitoring forms which asked about their perspectives on the parents who took part. The research was conducted by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research at Sheffield Hallam University.
This report presents the findings from a nationwide survey with parents who have young children (aged 0-5). 1200 recipients of the Bookstart baby and/or treasure packs completed the surveys in November and December 2013. The research was conducted by Free Thought Research and is one part of a two part Bookstart Evaluation 2013/2014.
The following executive summary synthesises the findings from two separate reports on family reading habits and the role of the Bookstart programme. The first; the findings from a nationwide survey of parents and carers on Bookstart and family reading habits, and the second; a desk-based literature review and findings from follow up qualitative research into motivations and barriers to reading with young children, and the role of the Bookstart programme. The work was commissioned by Booktrust and undertaken between Nov 2013 and Feb 2014.
This report presents the findings from a literature review and eight qualitative focus groups with parents who have young children (aged 0-5). The fieldwork took place over a three week period in February 2014. The research was conducted by Free Thought Research and is one part of the two part Bookstart Evaluation 2013/2014.
This literature review draws on research evidence on bookgifting programmes designed for families with children aged 0-5. It was conducted by The Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014. The review considers:
The case for bookgifting using recent research evidence about the importance of reading for pleasure, regular booksharing from an early age and the benefits of book ownership/library usage.
The impacts of bookgifting using evidence from international evaluations of bookgifting programmes.
Not wanting any child to miss out on the life-changing benefits that reading can bring, Booktrust, as part of National Bookstart Week, approached The Trussell Trust Foodbank network in order to hand out specially adapted copies of Jez Alborough's Super Duck.
Booktrust CEO Viv Bird responds to head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw’s statement that parents who don’t read to their children should be fined.