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Books and learning 

Making learning fun

Book sharing is a great way to help your child learn to talk, particularly when the stories have rhymes, lots of repetition or encourage joining in.  You will be amazed at how books can influence your child's vocabulary and how many new words and phrases they pick up from the books and stories you share.

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important Teacher.  Children are born to be lifelong learners, with an eagerness to learn new things everyday.  Babies and toddlers who are introduced to books early, grow into confident readers with a curiosity about life and a lifelong love of books.  Sharing books with your child is also a wonderful way to build a loving relationship, increase their language skills and help them to understand the world.

As your child grows and develops, one of the best things you can do is to establish a routine of visiting the library together.  This way your child will feel confident about using the library, finding books and information for school projects or to pursue an interest.


Bookstart in Suffolk is a programme that aims to encourage all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible.

Bookstart currently provides three packs for children up to the age of four.  Every pack contains books for the child and guidance on book selection and reading for parents. Bookstart gives away free books to every child in England.

Bookstart Baby Pack

In your baby's first year, you will receive your free Bookstart baby pack from your Health Visitor, or another health professional.

The Bookstart baby pack has been carefully chosen to include everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby.  Please ask at your local libraryif you have difficulty in getting hold of your pack.

Bookstart Treasure Pack

When your child reaches 3-4 years old, you will receive your free Bookstart Treasure Pack from your child's nursery or playgroup or other early years setting.  Please ask at your local library if you have difficulty in getting hold of your pack.

If you have any queries about Bookstart, please email bookstart@suffolklibraries.co.uk




Libraries have wonderful books for babies and toddlers and they don't mind how excited or noisy their young visitors get.  All families are welcome.  

All Suffolk Children's Centres are library access points where you can register your child for the library and order/drop off books.


My child is struggling with language and communication.

Choose a quiet place with no distractions and sit and read with your child.  Chat and communicate as much as you can.

Talk to your Health Visitor, Children's Centre or school if you are worried.

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