Booktrust is partnering with TinyLife, a Northern Irish charity for premature and ill babies, to give free books to parents with babies in neonatal units.
Booktrust has given 100 copies of Super Duck by Jez Alborough (HarperCollins Children’s) to parents at neonatal units in Northern Ireland, as well as Bookstart baby packs, which contain board books and practical advice on sharing books throughout the key stages in a child’s early development.
The charity has also given out the Bookshine and Booktouch packs for babies born with hearing or visual impairments.
TinyLife chief executive Alison McNulty said she was “delighted” to partner with Booktrust. “Many parents watch on whilst medical staff care for their baby so we welcome this initiative as a way of helping to strength bonds and promote relaxation for both parent andbaby during such a difficult and stressful time.”
Booktrust also this week announced plans to donate around 2,000 books to food banks in London and the Midlands this Christmas.
The charity is teaming up with The Trussell Trust foodbank network to distribute books to foodbanks in Wandsworth, West Norwood, Manchester, Coventry and Birmingham. Each foodbank will receive 250-300 books, with a mixture of board books, picture books, children’s fiction, teen titles and adult novels.
In June, Booktrust also donated books to 59 neonatal units in England.