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. Libraries encourage parents to become aware and engage in their child's early learning through the enjoyment of book sharing. Here in Newcastle we are working with a range of partners in Health and Education, 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 Baby Bag

This pack is a gift to all babies living within Newcastle.

Each pack contains:

  • Two engaging and age-appropriate board books carefully chosen by independent panel of experts such as health visitors and librarians
  • Two colourful finger puppets each containing a rhyme
  • A fun and informative leaflet for parents and carers about the benefits of sharing rhymes and stories with babies from an early age.

You should be offered a Bookstart Baby Bag from your health visitor or when you register your baby's birth. You can also collect a Bookstart Baby Bag from your local library.

Bookstart bag and contents