Posted: Monday 5th June 2017
It is never too early to nurture a love of books and reading for pleasure has been shown to have a dramatic impact on children’s development, educational progress and wellbeing.
Hertfordshire libraries are getting ready to celebrate Bookstart this week – a national programme by charity Booktrust to introduce babies and toddlers to books so they can develop a love of reading.
This year National Bookstart week takes place from 5 to 11 June and libraries across Hertfordshire will be holding special story-led events for toddlers and babies celebrating the theme of ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’.
During National Bookstart Week, Hertfordshire Libraries will be giving away 6000 free books, rhyme sheets and a craft activity at their Baby Rhyme Times, Toddler Tales and Weekend Stories.
The chosen book is ‘Everybunny Dance!’ by Ellie Sandall.
All the events are free and there is no need to book. Donations are welcome.
Michelle Lloyd, Early Years Librarian for Hertfordshire said: “Bookstart is an excellent gift for families and helps parents discover the pleasure that reading with their young child can bring. Sharing stories and rhymes together is fun for all the family and will help your child to develop a lifelong love of books.”
To find details of the Bookstart celebrations in libraries, contact 0300 123 4049 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/librarieschildrenevents
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