Cornwall is celebrating National Bookstart Week this week (4-10 June) with stories, rhymes and fun activities in many of its libraries to encourage families to have fun reading together.
Activities are taking place in libraries throughout Cornwall as part of the annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. This year’s theme is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’ and there will be bird-themed crafts and activities as well as free books and rhyme sheets for babies and children up to four years old. Bookstart Bear will also be putting in an appearance in some libraries during the week.
Events are taking place in Bude and Launceston on Friday:
Friday 8 June
Bude Library – 10am
Launceston Library – from 10am (bird hunt)
Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book ‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by Lucy Cousins, said Deborah Averill, Cornwall Council’s Early Years Facilitator/Bookstart Coordinator.
“Sharing books every day from birth onwards helps to develop early communication skills and is a great way to bond with your child”, she said. “The free A Busy Day for Birds book is well worth visiting a library to collect and there will be lots of online fun on the Bookstart website too.”
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Bookstart Week is a great way to introduce young children to their local library and help develop a love of reading. There are lots of lovely children’s stories available to borrow from Cornwall’s libraries, as well as lots of events run throughout the year.”
Reading stories with young children is not only a great way to bond, but it also helps develop a love of reading.
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.