National Bookstart Week - Inspiring a lifelong love of reading (St Albans)

Published: 21 May 2018

Hertfordshire County Council’s library service will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2018 with events across the county from Monday 4 June to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week (Monday June 4 – Sunday June 10) is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A busy day for birds by Lucy Cousins.

Hertfordshire Libraries will be giving them away to families at our ‘Baby Rhyme Time’, ‘Toddler Tales’ and ‘Weekend Stories’ events, so be sure to come along to your local library and join in. Events will include stories, rhymes and lots of fun bird boogie activities to inspire families to read together.

To start the celebrations on Monday 4 June, families can visit Glebe, House, St Albans - the home of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for stories, crafts and the opportunity to meet Bookstart Bear. This drop in session is free and takes place between 11.30am – 13.00pm.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are in nursery school. The ethos of the charity is to remind families of the importance of reading for fun – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Cabinet Member for Libraries, Terry Douris, said:

“Making time to read at home and in the library gives children is the best way to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier and healthier than those who don’t.

“We invite all young families to join the fun at their local library this National Bookstart Week.”

Charlotte Hussey, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Communications Officer, says: “We are thrilled to host the National Bookstart Week launch event in partnership with the Libraries & Heritage Services, particularly given this year’s Bookstart Bird Boogie theme.”

Families should visit their nearest library or children’s centre to find out more about their local National Bookstart Week event.

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