A friend reminded me about Bookstart the other day. We had the first pack which is the canvas bag with books appropriate for the 7-9 month old. This was given to us by our health visitor. But we haven't seen a HV for ages so have missed out on the next 2 packs.
Luckily in today's arts&crafts session at Slade I was able to get the 3rd pack for our tot which comes in a lovely treasure chest box. There were a couple of books inside, some colouring pencils, a pad of blank paper and also a handy guide to books for parents. In our Royal borough, you can get the free Bookstart packs from the libraries, early years centres or the health visitor.
For more info check out the Bookstart page.