What you can borrow
Free books for children - Bookstart
Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to children under 5 years old and advice to their parents on sharing books with children from a very early age.
Details about each pack are below. To order special packs or ask questions, contact the Bookstart Librarian for East Sussex.
Bookstart Baby Pack
Parents are given a baby pack by your health visitor at your baby’s 3 to 6 month assessment.
It includes 2 board books, guidance for parents and carers, information about libraries and an invitation to join your local library.
Bookstart Treasure Bag for three year olds
Children aged from 36 months receive a treasure bag of books at their nursery, playgroup or pre-school. If your child doesn’t go to pre-school, our Bookstart Librarian can help instead.
The pack includes 2 picture books, guidance for parents and carers, information about libraries and an invitation to join your local library.
Books in other languages
Families, health visitors and early years providers can ask our Bookstart Librarian to include books written in English and a second language.
We offer Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Mandarin, Lithuanian, Nepali, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Bookstart packs for disabled children
Parents and carers can ask our Bookstart Librarian if you need one of our special packs for children with disabilities.
- Bookshine pack for deaf or hearing impaired children up to 4 years old. It includes touch and feel book with signing, a signing rhymetime place mat and guidance for parents and carers.
- Booktouch packs for blind or partially sighted children up to 4 years old. It includes touch and feel and Braille books, advice about reading with blind and partially sighted children and lists of recommended books.
- Bookstart Star packs are for children aged 3 to 5 who have disabilities affecting their fine motor skills. It includes a touch and feel book, board book, animal finger puppets and resources to help parents and carers enjoy reading with their children.