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Bookstart is the national programme that aims to provide free packs of books for all babies. 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.

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Bookstart Baby Pack

For babies aged 0 to 12 months.

In Richmond these are given by the Health Visitor Team, Children's Centres, Registry Offices and Public Libraries during the baby's first year.

If you have not received a Baby Pack for your baby, please visit your local library and request one.

The Bookstart Baby Pack 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

More information about Bookstart

Visit the Bookstart website for more information.

If you have any queries about how the scheme works in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, contact the Children and Communities Team by email at libraries@richmond.gov.uk.

Updated: 10 January 2023

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