Early Years

Exposure to stories can help develop early language and communication skills whilst enhancing the understanding of the world in which we live. Our extensive collection of quality picture books and other resources for early years ranges from board books to picture books; novelty books to rhyme time resources; story sacks and puppets, plus classic and contemporary tales.

Story Sessions in School

We offer a variety of themed story sessions in school settings tailored to individual requirements. The content of the sessions differ, and wherever possible puppets and other props are used to help underpin meaning. All stories, either old or new, are appropriate for the younger targeted audience and are always great fun.

“Thank you very much for the wonderful reading events…all children and staff enjoyed listening to the stories and joining in with the activities.” Miss S. Curtis, Prescot Primary


Bookstart is a national book gifting initiative from Booktrust aimed at early years children and their families.  Children are given a free book to take home with the aim of helping families to read together every day and to inspire children with a love of books. The Bookstart Baby Pack is gifted to children at 0-12 months by your Health Visitor. The Bookstart  Treasure Pack is gifted to children at 3-4 years via your school nursery. Both initiatives are co-ordinated by Knowsley Library Service.

You can find out more about the Bookstart programme at http://www.bookstart.org.uk/

Time to Read

Time to Read (formerly known as Booktime) is a national book programme for reception-aged children, providing a free book for every child aged 4-5 years, to share and enjoy with their family and friends. The aim is to inspire a lifelong love of reading by encouraging families to have fun reading together.

Thirty per cent of children in this country grow up in homes without a single book. The Time to Read initiative gives children the opportunity to have a book of their own to take home and treasure.

Time to Read is co-ordinated through Knowsley School Library Service and delivered direct to you school.

The importance of sharing stories doesn’t stop in the early years. Children who read with their families at home do better at school. So why not make “time to read” with children in classes across your school.

You can find out more about the Time to Read programme at http://www.booktrust.org.uk/programmes/primary/time-to-read