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.

BookTrust Storyteller  

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.


Dual languages

If you speak English as a second language then you are entitled to a free dual language book.


Book recommendations

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


BookTrust Storyteller

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Libraries in Devon are run by Libraries Unlimited

Bringing ideas, imagination, creativity and knowledge to enrich people’s lives and build thriving communities.

Libraries Unlimited South West, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered company number: 9822597. Registered charity number:1170092. Registered office: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ.