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Packs for children with additional needs | Bookstart | Birmingham City Council

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Packs for children with additional needs

These packs are instead of the standard Baby or Treasure pack.

We have limited numbers and will need a recommendation from your health or childcare professional or teacher before gifting these packs out to you.

Bookshine is for children who are deaf or hearing impaired

There are two packs:

  • Bookshine Baby (0 to 2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3 to 4 years old).
  • Each pack has two books, a rhyme place mat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books.
  • The toddler pack also includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language.

Booktouch is for children who are blind or partially sighted

There are two packs:

  • Booktouch Baby (0 to 2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3 to 4 years old).
  • Each pack has two touch-and-feel books and guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children

Bookstart Star is for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

This pack is available for children aged 3 to 4 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills.

  • Each pack has a copy of Off to the Beach! (an exclusive touch-and-feel book from Child's Play publishers), a board book, a finger puppet for playing along with the story and guidance sheets.