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Tameside Bookstart

What is Bookstart?

Bookstart is a scheme which encourages parents to share books with babies and young children.

Tameside Bookstart Project began in 1996 and is recognised nationally as a flagship scheme.

Bookstart nationally receives support from the Government and there are now 2 free Bookstart packs for children aged 0 to 4.

  • Pack 1 for Babies around the age of 8 - 12 months
    This is given to parents at their child's 8 to 12 months development check.
  • Pack 2 Treasure Pack
    This is given to parents of children in the school year in which they reach their 4th birthday. Boxes are handed out by Bookstart staff at Nursery schools when parents are invited to attend a talk about books. Don't worry if your child attends a private nursery because packs will also be given out there.

In addition now available:

Book Touch

For visually impaired children aged 0 – 4

Book Shine

For hearing impaired children aged 0-4

If you have any difficulty getting hold of any of the above packs please contact Bookstart on 0161 343 7824

Girl and Teddy BearsIs my baby too young?

It is never too early to start looking at books with your child.

How do I start?

It can be difficult at first, babies do not concentrate for very long. Try using books in lots of different ways, make it a fun activity and you won't go wrong.

Is it worth it?

Yes, not only does it help to create a close bond between parent and child, it also helps to develop a child's language and concentration skills. Remember books build brighter babies!

Handy hints and ideas!

Books can be read anywhere. On the bus, in the car, on a train, on your knee, doctor's surgery in fact anywhere you choose. Once your child takes an interest in books they will find it an enjoyable and worthwhile activity.

"Thank you Bookstart my child loves her books, she looks at them every day." (Parent)

Start by using the book as a toy. Hide the characters and play peekaboo. Make the story up as you go along.

Involve your child as much as possible. Name each picture, find certain things, have fun learning together. Talk about the book. Let your child turn the pages to discover new pages, or encourage your child to lift flaps and make noises.

"I think Bookstart is a very valuable project. Keep up the good work." (Health Visitor)

Nursery rhymes and songs are just as important. They also help with your child's language and concentration skills.

"My son's language has really improved since I started telling him nursery rhymes." (Parent)

Bedtime is a great time to share a book. Its a good way to snuggle up and calm down before going to sleep.

Time for a Rhyme Sessions

Bookstart Time for a Rhyme sessions for babies and the under 4's are held regularly at all Tameside libraries. 

Come along and join in the fun.

Half hour sessions with puppets and musical instruments.

Photograph of a baby with booksLearn some new rhymes and help your child's speech development.

Everyone welcome.

For more information Send Bookstart a message  or telephone 0161 343 7824 who will be happy to answer any questions. Alternatively, look at the events calendar which details the talks and activities.

Remember! Use your Library, books are free, and babies can join from birth.

Bookstart Bear Club

The Bookstart Bear Club is the fun and free membership reward scheme for all babies, toddlers and preschoolers aged 0 – 4. From Monday 9 January 2012, the Bookstart Bear Club will be available in all Tameside Libraries.

The Bookstart Bear Club is a fun and engaging free reward scheme for all babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. It will open up an exciting world as families and children explore stories, books and rhymes together as members of their library. It is part of a national scheme run by Bookstart that aims to reward children coming to the library and joining in rhymetimes, borrowing books and exploring and sharing stories with their families.

Get your free membership pack from any Tameside Library. In your pack you’ll get your very own Bear Club passport as well as other goodies. You can collect a stamp in your passport every time you borrow books from the Library or attend a Bookstart Time for a Rhyme or Stay, Play and Read session. After you get six stamps in your passport you’ll be rewarded with a certificate. There are ten certificates to collect in total and the last certificate is a special gold certificate. Best of all the Bookstart Bear Club is completely free to join. Anyone aged 0 – 4 can join. Contact us for more information or visit the Bookstart Bear Club website Link to External Website

Suggested Booklist

  • Peepo (Ahlberg, J and H)
  • Each peach pear plum (Jane and Alan Ahlberg)
  • Dear Zoo (Campbell, R)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle, E)
  • Hug (Jez Alborough)
  • Where's Spot? (Hill, E)
  • Rosie's Walk (Hutchins, P)
  • Maisy likes playing (Lucy Cousins)
  • Peek a boo nursery games (Annie Kubler)
  • Sleepy baby (Fiona Watt)
  • Come on Daisy! (Simmons, J)

Remember make it... Fun!


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Contact Information
Contact by Post

Dukinfield Library
Concord Way
SK16 4DB
Contact by Telephone
0161 343 7824