National Bookstart Week runs from 8th till the 14th June and is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. It aims to reinforce to families the importance of getting in to the habit of reading every day – even if it’s just for ten minutes!
This year’s theme, Jungle Adventures, is based on Giles Andreae’s beloved picture book Rumble in the Jungle, which will be given away to more than 450,000 families in the UK.
The Bookstart programme is run by Booktrust, an independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to engage with books. This is done with support provided though a unique public/private partnership, that includes funding from the DfE, generous publisher support and the local authority to provide free Bookstart packs to babies and toddlers. This is where Cornwall Council comes in supporting this fantastic programme.
During the last ten years, Cornwall has delivered 100,000 Bookstart packs making the county in the top 5% nationally. This equates to 350,000 free books worth around £1.4m given to children to help inspire a love of reading. It doesn’t stop there either, as well as providing free books, Bookstart facilitates a range of fun activities through Bookstart Bear Club. This club is run in various community spaces with staff offering fun interactive activities including stories and rhymes.
During Bookstart week, Bookstart Bear has visited Saltash Library and Lostwithiel Library. Bookstart will also be visiting Redruth Library on Friday 12th June from 11am and Helston Library on Saturday 13th June from 11am -12 noon.
I had the pleasure of visiting my old friend, Bookstart at one of the events. It was clear to see from both parents and the children gathered how much they appreciate the service, and why the financial support from the children’s directorate is worth every penny