The national programme Bookstart encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible. It aims to provide a free pack of books to every baby in the UK, to inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
There are Bookstart schemes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Library services work with health professionals to operate the scheme. If you are unable to find your local co-ordinator you can contact Bookstart.
There are special Booktouch packs that aim to get blind and partially sighted babies and toddlers ‘bookstarted’. Booktouch packs are free to all schemes and are available free to parents or carers of blind or partially sighted children up to (and including) the age of four.