Celebrating the wonder of bedtime reading

1 May 2020 10:29
Published by: Scott Callan

Libraries across Lancashire are celebrating the wonder of bedtime reading as part of the Book Trust’s new ‘Pyjamarama’ campaign.

On Friday, families across the county can join in a festival of story-filled fun at home, to celebrate the bedtime story and reading together.

The idea behind the campaign is to dress in your pyjamas and read a book with your child to promote bedtime reading.

There will be many new activities available for children to take part in and ideas for things to do on the day.

Pyjamarama activities include fun for little ones, a puzzle zone, and creative activities. Other activities range from learning how to draw, ‘rhymetime’ singalongs and ‘storytime’ videos.

Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “Pyjamarama is a great campaign to promote the simple bedtime story.

“Reading with babies and young children not only introduces them to the joy of reading, it gives them a head-start in their language and literacy development and boosts their social and emotional wellbeing. It also gives parents an opportunity to connect and engage with their children at the end of the day.

“There's a great range of activities available from colouring and crafts to puzzles and drawing. The only requirement is that they’re done in pyjamas!"

Pyjamarama promotes the benefits of regularly sharing books and rhymes with children from the earliest age.

For details of how to take part, and what is available, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/your-library-at-home/#section2

Information about the national celebration is available at www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama

Activities and resources to take part are available at www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama/pyjamarama-activities

Suggestions of books to read are available at www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama/find-your-next-book

During the current Covid-19 outbreak Lancashire's library buildings have been closed but a whole host of materials are available for people on-line by visiting www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

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