Thursday, 8 June 2017

Writing - National Bookstart Week

National Bookstart Week is here at last! This year the festivities are even more special, as we're also celebrating 25 years of helping families enjoy reading together through the Bookstart programme.
The celebrations have been well under way all of this week and there's still much more to come. Hundreds of libraries across the country have been hosting their own Let's Explore Outdoors! events. We've also worked in partnership with TV presenter and radio DJ Lauren Laverne to produce a brilliant, interactive version of Everybunny Dance! and there are tons of activities for you to print off and complete with your little ones.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Bookstart Week this year. We'd love to see what you get up to, so please ensure you use #Bookstart on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

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Read out loud with dad this Father's Day

It's Father's Day on Sunday 18 June, and what better way is there to spend it than reading together?

We've put together a booklist of picture, rhyme and funny books that are perfect for reading out loud, snuggled up on the sofa with dad. 

Lauren Child - children's laureate

Welcome to the new Children's Laureate

We're absolutely thrilled to announce that yesterday, Lauren Child was appointed the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate!

Lauren is a multi-award winning author, illustrator and creator of characters including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and the much-loved Charlie and Lola. Taking over from Chris Riddell, we can't wait to see what Lauren has in store. 
God Bless