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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...


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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