21 June 2013

Fairies and giants, kings and queens and magical lands will be taking over children centres and Northamptonshire County Council libraries as part of events planned for National Bookstart Week (24th to 30th June).

What is National Bookstart Week?

National Bookstart Week helps remind families that reading books with their child is one of the nicest activities they can share.

This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and will see children dressing up as their favourite fairy tale characters, making gingerbread houses, following beanstalks and joining in the fun at family events celebrating the joy of sharing stories, books and rhymes.

Councillor Heather Smith, deputy leader and cabinet member for customers and communities said: “A love of books is one of the most important gifts that can be given to a child and it is never too early to start. I hope all the Bookstart Fairy Tale celebrations throughout the week will encourage families to enjoy sharing books and rhymes together right through the summer, indoors and out.”

Bookstart will be giving a free copy of the Ugly Duckling to families attending an event, to encourage parents and carers to read with their children every day. The Bookstart website also has a recording of the Ugly Duckling, competitions, and other fairy tale characters to discover.