Two-sided handout summarising research evidence for the health and wellbeing benefits of reading with children, as well as presenting Bookstart Corner: a reading programme with proven impacts.
A short guide in English by Nicola Manley about Bringing Books to Life. A Welsh guide is also available.
This document is for health visitors and nursery nurses who gift Bookstart packs. Discover evidence that shows why sharing books is so important for all children from birth and the ongoing benefits that this can bring.
A4 guidance leaflet for grown-ups on sharing books with toddlers.
This booklet appears in the Bookstart Early Years Pack in Wales and includes recommended books.
A4 guidance leaflet for grown-ups on sharing books with babies, written and illustrated by Catherine and Lawrence Anholt.
This version appears in the Bookstart Baby Pack in Wales and includes recommended books.
The National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at the University of Surrey Roehampton were commissioned to evaluate Bookstart between 1999 to 2001, funded by Sainsbury's. The research used qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate the programme.
This report is the final stage in the longitudinal study carried out by Barrie Wade and Maggie Moore into the impacts of Bookstart. It compares the performance in Key Stage 1 SATS of children that received Bookstart with those who did not. The study shows that Bookstart children are significantly ahead on various assessment measures.
In 1997, Barrie Wade and Maggie Moore studied a sample of babies five years after they had received their Bookstart packs. They then evaluated the development of Bookstart in its first five years.
Barrie Wade and Maggie Moore were commission to evaluate the impact of Bookstart when it was first piloted in Birmingham in 1992. The report found that Bookstart was warmly welcomed by professionals and parents and it promoted awareness of reading and sharing of books in the range of families who received the pack.
Like other early interventions, the benefits of Bookstart are likely to be realised through the lifetime of participants. Cost benefit analysis demonstrates the likelihood that Bookstart is particularly cost effective.
This page provides a review of Bookstart’s impacts on book use, library use, reading, language acquisition and literacy.
Liam O’Hare and Paul Connolly at the Centre for Effective Education, Queen's University Belfast were commissioned by Booktrust Northern Ireland to undertake a rigorous and independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Bookstart+ bookgifting intervention as delivered in Northern Ireland.
Bookstart is a national programme of bookgifting that aims to inspire a lifelong love of
books by encouraging book sharing between children and their parents/carers from a
Booktrust commissioned Just Economics LLP to conduct a forecasted Social Return on
Investment (SROI) analysis in order to quantify the social value created by Bookstart
in England for the 2009/10 financial year.
This executive summary presents the key findings of a study among 503 mothers, fathers and other carers of babies aged under 12 months in England to measure levels of reading activity and opportunities for early literacy amongst families. The research was conducted in September 2010 by the Fatherhood Institute and ICM on behalf of Booktrust.