Celebrate National Bookstart Day

Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Beep and even Incey Wincey Spider will be helping to celebrate National Bookstart Day 2009. The theme this year is My Favourite Rhyme.

To celebrate National Bookstart Day, South Gloucestershire’s Library Service is holding two special events for parents and children to enjoy singing rhymes and learn more about Bookstart. This is part of a national celebration which will see more than 4,000 parties involving storytelling, singing and rhyming take place across the country. Bookstart aims to help every child in the UK to develop a lifelong love of books and this year’s programme will offer millions of children and parents the chance to discover the joy of reading together.

Posters, a favourite rhyme book and stickers have been designed especially for the day by children’s illustrator and author, Sebastien Braun.

At 11am on Thursday 8 October there will be an event at Staple Hill Library where pre school children will participate in singing various children’s rhymes at the weekly rhyme time session. Sebastien Braun, local children’s author and illustrator, will be on hand to share his love of rhymes and talk about the rhyme book and stickers he has designed especially for National Bookstart Day.

On Friday 9 October the Library Service, in conjunction with the Children’s Information Service, Community Learning and the Leisure Trust, will be holding a promotion in Yate Shopping Centre to reach parents who may not be aware of the range of services South Gloucestershire Council provides to support parents of young children. The event will commence at 10am and finish at 4pm.

Looking forward to the events, Councillor Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “Reading books is one of the best things a parent can share with their child. The activities on offer at South Gloucestershire’s libraries are a great opportunity to help children discover a lifelong love of books.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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