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July 2021

Babies need books!

We are on a mission to register more babies as many born in 2020 and 2021 have missed out on finding out about how to get their free books. Check your postcode on our website and share this with other families.

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June 2021

List of books arriving in June!

Is your child excited about this month's book? Here's a sneak preview of what's coming: Choose Llamas for children born in 2016 When I grow Up Firefighter for babies born in 2017 Brothers Forever for children born in 2018 Shark in the Park for babies born in 2019 Is That You, Little Bear? for babies born in 2020 Baby Touch: B&W Animals for babies born in 2021

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January 2021

Possible delay to January's books

January's books might arrive later than usual, because of delays with shipping via the ports as a result of the Brexit changes. You might have seen it on the news. Sorry. Books should arrive later this month.

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January 2021

Share the news about free books during 2021 lockdown

Parents: check whether your baby can receive free books using our postcode checker on the FOR PARENTS page. And please tell anyone else you know with babies born in 2020. Take care of yourselves.

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November 2020

ONLINE registration now available

Parents - you can now register your under-5s for their free books online! You need to live in the catchment area of either Canterbury children's centre or Midland Road children's centre.Check your postcode and register - find out more on the Parents tab.

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October 2020

Give a donation - and have it matched!

UPDATE: Many thanks for your donations - this raised more than £1,000 for our work.

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September 2020

Free books for babies born during lockdown

Some 2020 babies might not be registered for free books because of lockdown. Remember that any babies born in 2020 living in the areas around Canterbury and Midland Road children's centres in Bradford can register. Parents (or people working with families) can email for more details, or for a map!

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May 2020

Coronavirus update for May

Books are continuing - thanks to the brilliant postal workers who continue to deliver them. This is what a parent emailed this week: I just want to start off with expressing my sincere appreciation for the books that have been sent. I believe that because of these books, they have laid the foundation for my child to enjoy story time for years to come. My child loves 'baby boo and the giraffe' in particular and I love watching his little face light up every time the book is read.

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March 2020


We know these are difficult times for families, especially as our nursery schools and children's centres are having to shut. The books will continue to arrive monthly for our under-5s - they feel more important now than ever. Big love to our families.

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January 2020

Big thanks to The Entertainer toy shop

We are thrilled to have been nominated by The Entertainer store in Bradford's Broadway shopping centre to receive a £1,000 grant from their Jack Gives Back With Pennies fund. This really makes a difference to small children's charities like ours.

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Make a donation,
make a difference

By making a donation today or sponsoring a child you can help us improve literacy and life chances for under-5s in Bradford.

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£25a year

12free books


(Other donation options available)