Parents said that the children were very proud of their book and read it over and over. Grandparents delighted to be able to read dual text to grandchildren. Even today when I had a copy of the book given to the children to read at story time, lots of children spotted it and said "that's my book" or "I've got that one, I like it". We give out books as Christmas presents and end of year but we never get the response that we get from Bookstart. They see it as very special. The top tips for parents is wonderful.
The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports the work of BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity which aims to inspire young children to enjoy books and stories, laying the foundation of their reading and giving them better chances in life, supporting their education, confidence and well-being.
Each year BookTrust reaches around 3.5 million families in the UK, and includes programmes tailored to those who require extra support. Bookstart Corner is an intensive programme delivered in partnership with children’s centres that reaches 75,000 families a year. Bookshine, Booktouch and Bookstart Star are additional needs specialist Bookstart packs for children who are blind and partially sighted, deaf, or have conditions that affect their fine motor skills.
“Being involved in Bookstart Corner has really opened another world for some families. We know some families living in shared housing feel isolated and have limited access to space. Going out to the library for Bookstart Corner opens up opportunities for families to make friends and to learn about other services such as Stay and Play sessions and Nursery Readiness courses.”
“Families are very engaged in the programme. Having Bookstart Corner sessions run in libraries really works for the children’s centre as it introduces the library to families who perhaps didn’t know about the library before, or hadn’t realised about the services that libraries and children’s centres offer.”Project Developer and Assistant Headteacher at participating Children’s Centres
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