Bookstart Baby pack
A free Bookstart Baby pack is given to every baby in the East Riding. It contains two board books, a black and white shapes/pattern book, a nursery rhyme poster, advice on sharing books with babies and an invitation to join the library. Your Health Visitor will provide your pack at baby’s health check from six months onwards. Or collect one from your local library if you don’t receive one from your Health Visitor.
For more information please visit the Bookstart Baby pack section on the Booktrust website (external website)
Bookstart Treasure pack
The Bookstart Treasure pack builds on the impact of Bookstart Baby and supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits. Children should receive their Bookstart Treasure pack when they are 3-4 years old, from their nursery, children's centre, library or other early years setting. Inside is a picture book for families to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading together. An exciting free treasure bag with picture books, a leaflet with lots of practical ideas for sharing books with young children, pencils, crayons and a mark-making pad.
For more information please visit the Booktrust website:
Bookstart Treasure pack section on the Booktrust website (external website)
Additional needs Packs
As well as the universal Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure packs, Bookstart also offers the following packs for children with additional needs:
- Bookshine for children who are deaf
- Booktouch for children with a visual impairment
- Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills.
Bookshine for children who are deaf
There are two packs: Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3-4 years old). The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decide which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two books, a rhyme placemat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books. The toddler pack also includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language.
Booktouch for children with a visual impairment
There are two packs: Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-4 years old) The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decides which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two touch-and-feel books, a Bookstart Rhymetimes CD and booklet, and lots of guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.
Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills
This pack is available for children aged 3–4 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills. The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decides which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two board books, puppets for playing along with the story and guidance sheets.
How to receive the additional needs packs
Bookstart allocates packs to each local authority based on birth rate and in consultation with the local authority regarding their needs. Please contact our Bookstart Coordinator direct to receive the additional needs packs but please note that we may have a limited number of packs available.
Tel: (01482) 392756