Free books for every child
Bookstart is a national programme coordinated by the charity BookTrust. The programme is designed to support you to enjoy books with your child from an early age and to foster a love of reading. It's never too early to start a child on their reading journey and get them into the rewarding habit of reading every day.
Bookstart Baby Bag
You'll get your free Bookstart Baby bag from the Registrar when you register the birth of your newborn baby.
If you haven’t received a bag, one can be delivered to the library of your choice for you to collect.
Packs for children with additional needs
There are also Bookstart Packs available for children aged 4 and under with additional needs. Children with conditions affecting their hearing, vision or fine motor skills can receive an additional free pack to support their individual needs.
If you speak English as a second language then you are entitled to a free dual language book.
Finding the right book for your child can sometimes be difficult. Our library staff can help you find some wonderful board books or picture books appropriate to the age and interests of your child. You can also get some great ideas and recommendations using the Book Finder