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Bookstart is a national book-gifting scheme built on the simple premise that children who have an early introduction to books benefit in lots of ways educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally.

A love of books is a gift for life. Bookstart effectively encourages parents to become aware and engage in their child's early learning through the enjoyment of book sharing.

Bookstart in Newcastle

Here in Newcastle we are working with a range of partners Health, Education and Libraries to deliver Bookstart to babies and children up to four years of age. It will provide stimulating exciting gifts for young children with the aim of encouraging and supporting families to share and enjoy books together.

Bookstart for babies

This pack is a gift to all babies living within Newcastle. Available from health visitors as they carry out a six month contact visit. The stylish purple bag contains two board books, a Bookstart rhyme poster, top tips about sharing books, book recommendations and a £1 book token.

Treasure Pack

This is the gift available to 3 year olds in their final year of nursery and will be given out by nursery staff across the city. This red and blue messenger bag contains two wonderfully illustrate books, colouring pad with pencils, a book of ideas about sharing books and having fun together plus a £1 book token.

For more information contact: 

City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 2774100

Who to contact

0191 277 4100
Parent Organisation
Newcastle Libraries

Where to go

City Library
33 New Bridge Street West
Charles Avison Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
Last updated: 07/02/2017
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