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Bookstart and Tiny Tots

Bookstart gifts free books to all children at two key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children with a rewarding love of books

 How are the books given to children?

 The Bookstart Baby pack is an entitlement for every child aged 0-12 months. Packs are gifted by Health Visitors at babies’ 8-12 month health check but there is now an alternative option to collect your pack from any library in the Barnsley borough. 

 Free Bookstart Treasure packs for all children at 3 years are gifted through Early Years settings

"Bear's Reading Adventure"is a free, colourful storybook with spaces for stickers, which children collect each time they visit the library.

 Tiny Tots Welcome is an informal session for new parents giving an introduction to the benefits of sharing books with babies. All sessions last around an hour and take place at Central Library or local Family Centres. email or ring for dates and more details.


 Looking for a group to attend?

Bookstart also offer rhyme and story-time groups in partnership with libraries, family centres and other community venues. See the online listings (  and put 'rhyme' in the search bar)

 For more information visit the Bookstart website by clicking on the link below for more information, book recommendations, activities, events and more.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Deborah Blewitt
Contact Position
Bookstart Co-ordinator

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Bookstart is a national programme that encourages and supports all parents and carers  into enjoying books with their children from an early age. It aims to give free packs of books to every baby and pre-school child in the UK and promotes library membership and usage.  Bookstart inspires a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life; and most of all show that books are fun!
Two free Bookstart packs are available for every child. 
• The Bookstart Baby pack is usually gifted by Health Visitors at the 8-12 month developmental assessment but can also be collected from any Barnsley Library 
• The Bookstart Treasure pack is gifted through nurseries and early years settings to children between the ages of 3 and 4 years.
Regular story and rhyme times for children aged 0-5 run at the majority of libraries across the borough. 

In addition to the universal Bookstart provision, there are extra packs available for children with special needs.
• Booktouch is a pack for children with a visual impairment.
• It contains tactile books, a rhymetime CD and information and advice for parents on sharing and enjoying books with a blind or partially sighted child.  The packs can be gifted by any professional working with the family – usually the VI teacher, Health Visitor or Children’s Centre.  Families can self-refer.
• Bookshine is a pack for children with a hearing impairment.
•  It contains tactile books, simple sign-language materials and advice for parents on sharing and enjoying books with a deaf or hearing impaired child.  The packs can be gifted by any professional working with the family – usually the HI teacherTeacher of the Deaf, Health Visitor or Children’s Centre. Families can self-refer.
• Bookstart Star pack has been developed for children with additional needs that impact on or cause delay with fine motor skills. 
• The packs can be gifted by any professional working with the family – usually the Early Years area SENCO or Specialist Health Visitor. Families can self-refer.


Contact Name
Deborah Blewitt
Contact Telephone
01226 773555
Contact Email

Non educational providers Local Offer Response

What outcomes does your service aim to achieve for children and young people with special educational needs and disability and their families?

The Booktouch, Bookshine and Bookstart Star packs help families of children with additional needs in accessing books, which supports the development of communication and fine-motor skills.

How accessible is the service and facilities for those with a disability

All libraries have disabled access.  The majority have toilet facilities accessible for those with a disability and many have designated parking.



Governing body

BMBC/ Booktrust

Last updated on 17/12/2019
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