Bookstart is a national scheme providing every baby and preschooler with free packs of books.

Bookstart baby pack

New parents receive a Bookstart Baby pack from Medway Register Office when they register their baby.

Bookstart treasure packs

Children receive a Bookstart treasure pack at preschool the year before they start school.

Bookstart dual language books

If English is a second language in your family, Bookstart dual language books are available by request from Strood Library.

Bookstart for disabled children

For disabled children, Bookstart packs are also available for:

  • babies and young children who are blind or partially sighted
  • babies and young children who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • 2 to 4 year olds with a condition that affects their fine motor skills

Bookstart Bear Club

Bookstart Bear Club is a free membership scheme for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that rewards them for borrowing books from the library.

Join the scheme and your child will receive a Bookstart Bear Club passport. They’ll get a stamp in this passport each time they borrow a book from the library, and after six stamps will receive a beautiful certificate. There are ten certificates to collect.

For more information about Bookstart Bear Club, and to join, speak to our library staff.

Contact us about Bookstart

For more information on Bookstart, or if you think you’ve missed a pack, contact the Community Librarian for Children and Young People on 01634 337 799.

You can find more resources, events, games and recommended books on the Bookstart website.