We look forward to celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018.
This is an annual celebration which takes place in over 100 countries worldwide, the celebration of our favourite stories, illustrators and book characters.
We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up and enjoying lots of fun activities around our favourite books!
The importance of reading with children
Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects. Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more – it helps to build a strong and loving relationship between you.
It’s never too early to start reading with your baby!
• Sing rhymes and tell stories to your unborn baby – they can hear you from around 18 weeks, and will recognise your voice before they are born.
• It’s good to start sharing stories, books and rhymes with your child from as early an age as possible – Babies don’t need to understand all the words, they will just love to listen to your voice, look at the pictures and hold the books.
• Reading books, talking about the pictures and cuddling up close together will help you build a strong and loving relationship with your child.
• Everyone in the family can join in: dads, mums, care givers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles.
• Having a baby can be tiring and demanding – taking time out every day to enjoy a story, book or rhyme will give you and your child time to escape the everyday and enjoy each other’s company.
• Ask your health visitor about your free Bookstart Baby pack and your local library about your free Bookstart Treasure pack.
• Join your library as soon as you can
• It’s important to have books in the home
The Book Trust website have lots of information on early literacy skills, and have booklists which can be selected based on the ages of children.