Posted: Wednesday 31st May 2017
Hertfordshire Libraries and BookTrust to give away 6,000 books to celebrate 25 years of the Bookstart programme
Hertfordshire Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2017 with stories, rhymes and free books at Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme Time and Weekend Stories sessions between 3 and 11 June - to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime. See when your local library’s sessions will be at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/librarieschildrenevents.
National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bookstart gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. BookTrust works to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.
The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week (5-12 June) is ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book
Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. Children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Hodder Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.
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.”
From Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 June there will be thousands of free fun events around the country for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families, at libraries, children centres, nurseries and bookshops. Events will include stories, rhymes and lots of playful outdoors activities to inspire families to read together.
Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust said: “We are thrilled so many children will receive a copy of Everybunny Dance! to help celebrate 25 years of BookTrust’s flagship programme Bookstart. It is important for parents and carers to find the time to read with their children, sharing the adventures that books can offer. Shared reading and encouraging reading for enjoyment from a young age can help children on their reading journeys and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
“Reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on many life outcomes for children such as their well-being, confidence and educational achievements. Quite simply, those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't.”
Families should visit their nearest library or www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/librarieschildrenevents to find out more about their local National Bookstart Week event.
If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of bunny-themed arts and crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website. www.bookstart.org.uk