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Bookstart: free packs for you and your preschool child

Bookstart Treasure Pack with a picture book, 1 2 3 Do the Dinosaur and a leaflet, Reading With Your Child.
26 July 2022

Sharing books or reading with your child, or grandchild, for a few minutes every day can be one of the best things you can do in the years before they start school.

To help with getting you started, Bookstart have provided two free packs. Many families are familiar with the Baby Pack given to babies (in Essex) when their birth is registered; but they are also entitled to a Treasure Pack, which is normally given to children by their preschool setting.

We know that, as a result of the pandemic, many children have missed out on their Treasure Pack in the last couple of years. If you’re a parent or carer of a pre-school child aged three to five who hasn’t already got a Treasure Pack, please visit any Essex library to ask for one.

If for any reason you didn’t receive a Baby Pack, you can pick those up from libraries too. You could also help us by telling friends and relatives that their child’s pack is waiting for them to collect. 

Although the Baby Pack will be continuing as a universal service the Treasure Packs are finishing this year (to be replaced with a targeted offer) so don’t miss out on your last chance to claim one for your child while stocks last.

There are also packs for children with additional needs, so don’t forget to ask your gifter or your local library if you require these:

  • Booktouch – for visually impaired children (Baby and Treasure versions)
  • Dual Language picture books in a range of languages