Explore the outdoors with a free book

Release Date: 31 May 2017

Young children are invited to explore the great outdoors this June with a free book at library storytime events around the borough.

Book Start is a national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible and, most of all, to show that books are fun!


They offer free books to all young children to inspire a love of reading that will give them a flying start in life. As part of this year’s National Book Start Week (5 to 11 June) they want to encourage the sharing stories, books and rhymes with young children.


During the week, library storytimes across the borough will have stories on an outdoor theme. Everyone who comes to a library storytime that week will receive a free miniature version of the picture book ‘Everybunny Dance’ by Ellie Sandall, a sheet of rhymes and a press-out bunny ears templates all supplied by Book Start.


Ishbel Murray, Richmond Council’s Assistant Director for Contracts and Leisure, said:


“Our libraries play an important role in supporting family literacy in the borough by encouraging families to read together in a stimulating environment.


“National Book Start Week aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.”


For information about upcoming sessions, visit our library storytime page.

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Reference: P236/17

Updated: 31 May 2017