Bookstart Care

BookTrust is the UK’s largest reading charity. It has been helping families across the country to engage with books and storytelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, offering support, advice and free books to disadvantaged families who have been hardest hit by lockdown.

We recognise how challenging it is in the current environment for children and families to get physical books. Salford Libraries are delighted to have BookTrust ‘care packages’ of books available now, tailored for children aged 0-10 years. Partners can use these books as gifts left on doorsteps, presents for children in their care or to use in settings which remain open at this time. These book packages are being distributed across children’s centres, schools, libraries, foodbanks, refuge centres, SEN schools and more, helping to close the gap caused by the pandemic and support families over the summer.

We are offering packs for two age groups:

  • 0-5 years old
  • Primary school years

If you work for an organisation that supports children and families who would benefit from BookStart Care, please contact naomi.lewis@scll.co.uk to find out more.

For more information about how the BookStart Care packs are supporting families across the UK, please see the scheme’s press release.

Bookstart Gifts

Bookstart logoHas your baby received their free book pack?

Get started sharing stories and rhymes! If your child is aged 4 – 12 months and has not received their pack from your health visitor you can pick one up from any Salford library.

We also have specialist packs available for children who are visually or hearing impaired, have additional needs or whose home language is not English. Please email helen.warburton-wilmot@scll.co.uk to receive one.

For information on other Bookstart packs and to find out more about some of the great schemes and ideas run by BookTrust, please visit the Bookstart website.

Bath, Book, Bed

Bath, Book, Bed logoAll parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle. Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.

The UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust have launched a free new booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of their Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t – and the gap only widens as they get older.

You can download a booklet from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Visit the Booktrust website to find out more. Share your tips and ideas too using @BookTrust and #BathBookBed.