Books and resources for parents

Books and resource for parents; activities to complete together with your child, recommended library books and getting free books from Bookstart.

We provide resources in the form of books and DVD's which can be useful in helping you tackle some of the challenges of parenting. As well as offering activities for you and your child to do together.

Please read through the following information on some of the resources available, which includes instructions on how to access or order them.

Find below a list of books available to borrow from Suffolk Libraries:

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 library if you have difficulty in getting hold of your pack.

Bookstart Treasure Chest

When your child reaches 3-4 years old, you will receive your free My Bookstart Treasure Chest 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.

Packs for Children with additional needs

Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs, which are the Bookshine pack, and the Booktouch pack.

The Bookshine pack

Bookshine books are for children who are deaf. You can collect your free Bookshine packs from your health visitor, local health clinic, early years setting, or local library. Bookstart schemes also work closely with these professionals and sensory impairment teams to help make sure everyone receives the packs best suited to them.

The Booktouch pack

Booktouch books are for children who are blind or partially sighted. You can collect your free Booktouch packs from your health visitor, local health clinic, early years setting or local library. Bookstart schemes also work closely with these professionals and sensory impairment teams to help make sure everyone receives the packs best suited to them.

Dual language Bookstart books

If you speak English as a second language then you are entitled to free dual language books.

Languages include:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Nepalese
  • Punjabi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Ask at your local library for more information.