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Bookstart is the national programme that aims to provide free packs of books for all babies and preschoolers. Each pack contains free books to share with your child, as well as helpful advice and other fun resources.

This is how the scheme works in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Bookstart Baby Bag

For babies aged 0 to 12 months.

In Richmond these are given by the Health Visitor Team during the baby's first year.

The Bookstart Baby Bag contains:

  • Two board books - perfect to enjoy with your baby
  • Two colourful finger puppets each with a rhyme
  • A leaflet with tips on sharing rhymes and stories with babies from an early age

Bookstart Treasure Gift

For children aged 3 to 4 years.

In Richmond most children will receive their Treasure Gift via their early years setting (for example pre-school playgroup or nursery).

The Bookstart Treasure Gift contains:

  • A picture book that's fun and rewarding to share with your preschooler.
  • Share the Fun - full of top tips and guidance about sharing books and having fun together.


More information about Bookstart

Visit the Bookstart website for more information.

If you have any queries on how the scheme works in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, please contact Janice Pratt (Librarian) by phone on 020 8734 3328, or emailĀ

Updated: 01 July 2021