Join us on Monday June 13 for Rhymetime in the Park

Wokingham Borough Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2016 with a Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday June 13 from 10am to 12noon.

This year’s theme, Under the Sea, is based on “A hole in the bottom of the sea” adapted Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald, 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.

Rhymetime in the Park on Monday June 13 with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.  Children can create a shark hat and playdough sea creatures, along with other craft activities from Wokingham Borough Children’s Centres. Find out about “Communication and your child” from the Early years team, Information from the Health Visiting team, and about the services offered by the charity Homestart and Wokingham Borough Children’s Centres.   A libraries goody bag can be collected with your free “A hole in the bottom of the sea” book and other information on the day.

There will also be an Authors Corners supported by Chapter One Bookshop.

Author/Illustrators Cathy MacLennan, Suzanne Barton, Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow  will be reading aloud one of their books and you can also purchase a book and have it signed on the day.

More information about the authors below:

cathy m 15Cathy MacLennan

Cathy MacLennan is an author/illustrator of children’s books. She lives in Berkshire and works from her studio in the garden, but was born in Zimbabwe.  Her bright, painting/illustration style is greatly influenced by her African childhood and she loves to depict animals, flora, fauna, weather and pattern, with acrylics, on coloured or textured paper.  Her writing is full of alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme and repetition and is loved by children 0-8 years old.  chicky chicky chook chookCathy also paints, collages, murals and designs and enjoys working on a great variety of projects, as well as her books.


Layn MarlowLayn_B&W_author_photo

There’ll be drawing and singing from award-winning local children’s book book_I'll_Catch_You_If_You_Fall_coverillustrator, Layn Marlow. She’ll be reading her latest book I’ll Catch You If You Fall, a lyrical, reassuring tale about a journey, written by Mark Sperring and recently shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.




Suzanne Bartonsuzanne barton

Suzanne studied Psychology and taught English in Italy for a while.  Having always loved to draw and paint and make things she decided to return to studying and producing art, once her children had grown up a little.

After many years of doing part time art foundation and illustration degree courses, she finally arrived at the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. On this wonderful course she realized a long-held ambition and worked on her first picture book, The Dawn Chorus, published by Bloomsbury. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.  Her second title is Robin’s Winter Song.

dawn chorusSuzanne lives in Oxford with her husband, and two children. She loves sketching at the local nursery and primary schools and being told by the four year olds that she is not very good at drawing.  She is happiest drawing, painting, cutting and sticking and watching images and stories take shape.



Tina StubbsTina Stubbs

Tina Stubbs has always had a passion for illustration and writing but it wasn’t until she created the ‘Life’s Little Bugs’ characters and stories that she felt confident enough to take the leap from the stability of a paid, full-time job to following her passion.

With her Children’s Illustration diploma from the London Art College firmly in place she set about her dream.

Living in Wokingham with her partner of ten years she spends most of her time holed up in her studio in the attic  creating her characters and books. But when Tina is not chewing on the end of a HB pencil she likes to relax by bending into shapes practicing her Kundalini yoga or hiking across some muddy field or coastal path with her partner and friends with the hope of coming upon an old English pub to reward their efforts at the end of it  with a glass of red and some local home cooked food.

Tina will be reading:

Tummy Bug –  ‘Before a meal and after using  the loo, remember to wash your hands too!’  cover-imageWith his swirling tummy of green and yellow, Tummy Bug is a rather unhygienic fellow. Read how Jeff the cat and Mrs Beamer keep him away and learn how you can prevent those nasty illnesses by reading where Tummy Bug Lives and then put into practice doing the things he doesn’t!

Hum Bug –  ‘If you think you can, you will see… you will be the best you can be!’  Hum Bug is that miserable little bug who always says  ‘I can’t!’ Enjoy reading how positive thinking helps Hum Bug to think ‘I can!’ and what a positive change it makes to his life and those around him.




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