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Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | ?27m scheme to give free books to all under-fives

Every child up to the age of four is to get a free bag of books under a ?27m government scheme designed to promote reading. The education secretary, Ruth Kelly, will announce the initiative during a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in London tomorrow. She will outline plans to hand out 9m free books over the next three years...

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The revamped Booktrust scheme, to start in the autumn, will distribute free books across three age brackets. Bookstart, for babies aged up to 12 months, will provide a bag of books, a nursery rhyme placemat and a booklet on sharing stories with young children. The Bookstart plus pack, for children aged 12 to 24 months, will comprise two books, a scribble pad and crayons and a booklist. The third, My Treasure Chest, is for three- and four-year-olds. It will have hidden compartments for small toys and include reading books, an activity book, a scribble pad and crayons to encourage writing.

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