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National Bookstart programme

* EVERY baby is to be given a free book by 2000 after Sainsbury's pledged Pounds 6 million to fund a national Bookstart programme.

The scheme, to be launched in January, will give away more than a million books over two years. Every baby will receive a book at the nine-month health check.

Bookstart was devised by the educational charity Book Trust after research showed that children introduced to books as babies had a clear advantage.

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