What exactly is Bookstart? Is there any current research into how many parents read books to children or share books with them and whether they would do this if not for the Bookstart scheme? We have heard that government funding for the scheme has been cut. Does that mean that Bookstart will end?

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What exactly is Bookstart? Is there any current research into how many parents read books to children or share books with them and whether they would do this if not for the Bookstart scheme? We have heard that government funding for the scheme has been cut. Does that mean that Bookstart will end?

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Bookstart is an early reading programme run by Booktrust, a charity whose aim is to instill a love of books in young children. The scheme provides a gift of free books to all children at two key ages before they start school. The scheme also offers support and guidance for parents, carers and professionals.

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