Do you know about Book Start? It’s a National book giving programme run by the Book Trust charity. Every year millions of children are reached with the free gift of book packs. Their aim is to inspire a love of reading. My girls are already little book worms and so were not going to turn down the chance of free books and the opportunity to discover new stories to enjoy together.
There are two packs available. One for babies aged 0-12 months and one for preschoolers aged 3-4 years. Jess and Emily turned three this month and so when I saw the Book Start packs advertised at our local library wriggle reader session we grabbed them.
As I try and avoid dublicate toys, games and books for my twins, I intended to only pick up one pack but the lovely library attendant checked and found that not all packs have the same books so it’s worth checking. I know that Sure Start centres and even health visitors can distribute these packs so just ask if you have an eligible child.
Our 3-4 year wallet contained a book, Bookstart pamphlet with games and reading ideas and some cut out activities. There is a colour in postcard, a reading door hanger and my girls favourite, a matching games with the adorable Book Start bears.
In Jessica’s pack was ‘Alan’s big scary teeth’ by Jarvis. Alan likes to scare his animal friends but he has a secret. What will happen when they find out about his teeth? A funny tale with great illustrations perfect for discussing with your little one.
Emily got ‘Don’t call me sweet’ by Smriti Prasadam-Halls/Angie Rozelaar. Such a cute little monster who doesn’t want to be seen as cute. Well that is until a giant ogre appears. A scare free monster story that would be fab for Halloween.
As soon as we had the books out of the pack, they pleaded to be read to. Since then both books have been poured over again and again. We love the cheeky characters in the alligator story and always love stories with rhythm and rhyme like the monster one.
Have you got you free book? Did you get one of these or a different title? You can find out more about Book Start here. The Book Trust also offers fantastic book recommendation based on age and themed spark their imagination and build a love of reading.