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BookTrust to give away 450,000 free books to celebrate National Bookstart Week

Published Monday, 04 June 2018

Coventry Libraries and Information Services will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2018 this week with a range of activities.

Activities include rhymetimes, activity sheets, class visits from local schools, visits to toddler groups and to baby clinics to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

As part of the celebrations on Tuesday 5 June there will be an opportunity to meet Latvian author and poet Junis Kronbergs at a special rhymetime at Central Library at 11am.  All are welcome and no booking is required.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. 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 (4-10 June) 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. Children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Walker Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

From Monday 4 – Sunday 10 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 delighted so many children will receive a copy of A Busy Day for Birds to help celebrate National Bookstart Week. This year’s book is a fun, playful story that is perfect to share with all the family. 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. 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 Family Hub 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 bird-themed arts and crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website.

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