Families with children under 12 months are being encouraged to collect their Bookstart free baby books. The baby packs are usually gifted to new parents by their health visitor at the six-week post-birth check-up. However, some health checks have been carried out remotely as a result of the pandemic and parents may not have received their pack. 

The free packs can be collected from all East Sussex libraries. Each pack contains two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age.

Cllr Dowling, the county council’s lead member says: “Sharing books, stories and rhymes with children from an early age can help create a lifelong reader.”

Bookstart, the world’s first national book-gifting programme, gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school; it aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes from as young an age as possible. 

Run by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, the Bookstart programme is funded by Arts Council England and the Welsh Government as well as BookTrust’s partners and donors.

Residents can find their local library by visiting eastsussex.gov.uk/findlibrary or by calling
0345 60 80 196.

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