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Better Start Imagine

Free children’s books in the post every month from birth to age five*

What is Better Start Imagine?

Better Start Imagine gifts beautiful books to children from birth to their fifth birthday (*or up to 31 March 2025, whichever is sooner). This project is part of the world-renowned Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The book-gifting is complemented by weekly story and rhyme time sessions and other activities held in local community venues.

What difference does Better Start Imagine make?

Access to books and being read to in early childhood can impact a child’s development hugely. Without solid foundations in language and communication skills, children run the risk of school failure, low self-esteem and poor social skills.

Better Start Imagine therefore aims to increase:

  • Levels of communication and language skills
  • Levels of school readiness
  • Levels of book ownership and library use
  • Involvement of parents in sharing books with their children
  • Confidence of parents in sharing books with their children

Who can take part in Better Start Imagine?

Families in the Better Start Bradford area with children aged 0-4.

Make a referral

My son enjoys the storytelling session a lot and we always look forward to it. It helped with his speech development and his interest in books. A BIG thank you.

This project is delivered by BHT Early Education and Training

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