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Free Bookstart Packs Free Bookstart Packs
Bookstart is the first UK national book gifting programme for babies and children. As Bookstart partners we aim to provide every child in the UK with Bookstart packs of free books and other fun material to promote early book sharing and give every child the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of books.
Visit the Bookstart website to find out about the programme, and get book sharing tips, children's reading recommendations and more.
Early Years Professionals looking to order Bookstart Packs should visit Information for schools and Early Years Professionals  at The Hub: Education Netwrok for Waltham Forest.
The following Bookstart packs are available:
Bookstart Baby (0-12months)
This pack contains everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby:
  • Board books – perfect to enjoy with your baby
  • Babies Love Books – get top tips about sharing books, recommendations for more books to share and a £1 book token
  • Purple bag with a short handle and zip – practical and stylish for mums, dads and carers
You will receive this pack when you register your baby's birth in Waltham Forest. If your child is under 1 year old and you haven't received this pack you can pick one up at any Waltham Forest Library.

Bookstart Treasure Pack (aged 3-4 years)


Pre-schooler will receive their special gift envelope when they are 3-4 years old.

Inside is a picture book for you to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading ogether.

You will receive this pack through your child's nursery or children's centre. If you have not received your pack please ask at your local centre, if they are unable to supply one you can pick one up at any Waltham Forest Library.

Additional Needs Packs

Bookstart is for every child, so find out more about free Bookshine, Bookstouch and Bookstart additional needs packs HERE. If you would like to order these packs please email with your details and the age of your child(ren)  and we will let you know what is currently available.


Bookstart Dual Language

Some Bookstart materials are available in languages other than English. If you would like to order these please email with details of the age of your child(ren) and the language that you would like to request and we will let you know what is currently available.


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