Get your pre-schooler into the swing of reading this summer!

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles AndreaeWestminster Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2015 from 8-14 June. UK charity Book Trust is calling for all parents and carers to take their cheeky chimps to their local library for some jungle-themed reading adventures!

This year’s theme, Jungle Adventures, is based on Giles Andreae’s beloved picture book Rumble in the Jungle, booklets of which will be given away to families.

National Bookstart Week 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.

Look out for specially themed events which include stories, rhymes and lots of fun activities to inspire families to read together – all our events are listed on our Forthcoming Events page.

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of Book Trust said:

‘As a mum, I treasure those wonderful shared moments reading with my child. You are doing something special, and for a few minutes the outside world stops while you read about elephants or pirates.

‘Research has shown that reading to young children every day makes a huge difference in terms of their future confidence, communication skills, well-being and educational attainment. We believe very strongly that a book is not just a book; it’s a doorway. And we believe that doorway should be open to everyone.’

Families can find their nearest National Bookstart Week event at www.bookstart.org.uk/events/search/

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of jungle-themed arts and crafts, games and baking recipes – all on the Bookstart website.

[Rachel]

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