Baby crawling in the library

BookstartBookstart Gifts

Has your baby received their free book pack?

Get started sharing stories and rhymes! If your child is aged 4 – 12 months and has not received their pack from your health visitor you can pick one up from any Salford library.

We also have specialist packs available for children who are visually or hearing impaired, have additional needs or whose home language is not English. Please email to receive one.

For information on other Bookstart packs please visit the Bookstart website.

Bear's Reading Adventure

Bear's Reading Adventure is a sticker storybook for your young child to complete. There are 10 stickers to collect to complete the story. Each time your child visits the library and borrows a book they can collect a sticker to complete the story. When all 10 stickers have been collected you can download a certificate.

Ask at your local library for a sticker storybook. 

Bath, book, bedBath, Book, Bed

All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle. Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.

The UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust have launched a free new booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of their Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t - and the gap only widens as they get older.

You can download a booklet from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Visit the Booktrust website to find out more. Share your tips and ideas too using @BookTrust and #BathBookBed.