Hop along to Dinton Pastures today for our Rhymetime in the Park, 10am to 12noon

Gif-3Wokingham Borough libraries is kicking off its events for this year’s National Bookstart Week with rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on 12 June, from 10am to noon.

This year’s theme is exploring outdoors. Children who attend any of the storytime and rhymetime events during the week will receive a free copy of the picture book ‘Everybunny Dance’ by Ellie Sandall.   

National Bookstart Week, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, seeks to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even for just ten minutes a day.

There will be two rhymetimes at the Dinton event on the 12th, at 10.30 and 11.30am, as well as activities and information from family workers.  The early year’s team will be promoting its Ready for School, Ready for Life programme, plus stands from the community wardens, and charities Home-Start and First Days. Local authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow will be reading extracts from their books.

 

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Author Corner at Rhymetime in the Park on Monday June 12 at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Author Corner at Rhymetime in the Park on Monday June 12 at Dinton Pastures Country Park.

Local authors Layn Marlow and Tina Stubbs who will be reading extracts from their books and  books will be available for purchase from 10am to 12noon.

Layn Marlow www.laynmarlow.co.uk/

Layn will be reading Bramble the Brave –   ‘The combination of Amber Stewart’s words and Layn Marlow’s attractive illustrations of the countryside make this a particularly charming picture book for the very young.’ – Caroline Franklin, Newbury Weekly News

‘As a parent, I find it so frustrating when my daughter will not even try new food. When I shared this book with her, she could recognise herself in Bramble …The illustrations are very appealing and make a great contribution to our overall enjoyment of the story as well as showing what an adorable little character Bramble is.’ – Jo Heffer, the Bookbag

‘This endearing story is one both parents and children will easily relate to, who doesn’t know a fussy eater? A delightful book, perfectly timed for reading in long summer evenings, or for taking along on a picnic! The gorgeous summery illustrations will really help to bring the story to life’. – Jbookloversanon

Tina Stubbs  www.lifeslittlebugs.co.uk

Tina 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 follow 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 an HB pencil she likes to relax by bending into shapes and practicing her Kundalini yoga or hiking across a muddy field.

Tina will be reading a selection of her Life’s Little Bugs books.

For more information visit:  http://www.lifeslittlebugs.co.uk/

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12, 2017

Libraries go outside to celebrate books and a love of reading this summer

Wokingham Borough Libraries is celebrating  National Bookstart Week 2017 with a Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday 12 June from 10am to noon and a whole host of storytimes and rhymetimes in its libraries throughout the week.

This year’s theme is  ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Across Wokingham Borough the following events will take place:

  • Rhymetime in the Park at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12 with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.   There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, Ready for Life” programme.  There will also be stands from the Community Wardens, NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and First Days Charity with information about the services they offer.
  • There will also be an  Authors’ Corner with local authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow who will be reading extracts from their books and  books will be available for purchase  on the day.
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Everybunny Dance” book.

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, games and baking recipes all on the Bookstart website at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/nbw-2017

There will also be a Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park on Monday 10 July and at Dinton Pastures on Monday 11 September, 2017.

Let’s Explore Outdoor Booklist for National Bookstart Week

To celebrate National Bookstart Week we have put this Let’s Explore Outdoors Booklist together for the under 5’s.

Look and Say What You See in the Countryside by Sebastian Braun

From summer in the meadow to autumn in the forest and lots of environments in between, this lookandsay book for little ones is a great way to start learning about nature and wildlife. What will you see down on the farm? Can you find the robin in the snow?

K9781406361513iki and Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail

Kiki can’t wait to get to the beach and swim in the sea. But why isn’t Bobo as excited for their sunny day out? Join Kiki and Bobo on a day at the seaside in this sweet and creative lift-the-flap book.

A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins9781406376548

Can you flap your wings, stand on one leg like a flamingo or waddle like a penguin? Your child will love joining in with this story full of action rhymes, noises and bright colours!  ,

9780552573108Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt

It’s a wild windy day and Timothy Pope is back in the park, looking through his telescope after the classic Shark in the Park… What can he see in the blustery park? Could it really be a shark?

Teddy Picnic by Georgie Birkettteddy picnic.png

Join in the fun with the teddies as they have a summer adventure. This book has lots of lovely gentle rhymes, perfect for very little ones.  Teddies walk, teddies skip, teddies on their way. Teddies on a picnic trip, Hip! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Join the teddies on their big day out!

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Rhymetime in the Park at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12, 2017

Libraries go outside to celebrate books and a love of reading this summer

Wokingham Borough Libraries is celebrating  National Bookstart Week 2017 with a Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday 12 June from 10am to noon and a whole host of storytimes and rhymetimes in its libraries throughout the week.

This year’s theme is  ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Across Wokingham Borough the following events will take place:

  • Rhymetime in the Park at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12 with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.   There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, Ready for Life” programme.  There will also be stands from the Community Wardens, NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and First Days Charity with information about the services they offer.

 

  • There will also be an  Authors’ Corner with local authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow who will be reading extracts from their books and  books will be available for purchase  on the day.

 

  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Everybunny Dance” book.

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, games and baking recipes all on the Bookstart website at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/nbw-2017

There will also be a Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park on Monday 10 July and at Dinton Pastures on Monday 11 September, 2017.

Author Corner at Rhymetime in the Park on Monday June 12 at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Author Corner at Rhymetime in the Park on Monday June 12 at Dinton Pastures Country Park.

Local authors Layn Marlow and Tina Stubbs who will be reading extracts from their books and  books will be available for purchase from 10am to 12noon.

Layn Marlow www.laynmarlow.co.uk/

Layn will be reading Bramble the Brave –   ‘The combination of Amber Stewart’s words and Layn Marlow’s attractive illustrations of the countryside make this a particularly charming picture book for the very young.’ – Caroline Franklin, Newbury Weekly News

‘As a parent, I find it so frustrating when my daughter will not even try new food. When I shared this book with her, she could recognise herself in Bramble …The illustrations are very appealing and make a great contribution to our overall enjoyment of the story as well as showing what an adorable little character Bramble is.’ – Jo Heffer, the Bookbag

‘This endearing story is one both parents and children will easily relate to, who doesn’t know a fussy eater? A delightful book, perfectly timed for reading in long summer evenings, or for taking along on a picnic! The gorgeous summery illustrations will really help to bring the story to life’. – Jbookloversanon

Tina Stubbs  www.lifeslittlebugs.co.uk

Tina 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 follow 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 an HB pencil she likes to relax by bending into shapes and practicing her Kundalini yoga or hiking across a muddy field.

Tina will be reading a selection of her Life’s Little Bugs books.

For more information visit:  http://www.lifeslittlebugs.co.uk/

Hop along to our Bookstart Week Rhymetime and Storytimes

Gif-2Come and join us for Bookstart storytimes and Rhymetimes this month.

With  outdoor  themed sessions to support National Bookstart Week 2017.

Storytimes and Rhymetime for children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in!

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, all on the Bookstart website at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 12, 2017

Gif-1Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 12, 2017

Wokingham Borough Libraries, together with Children’s Centres, the Early Years Team, Community Wardens, Home-Start, First Days and the NHS Nursery Nurses will be hosting this fun event in the play park to celebrate National Bookstart Week. Come and join us for stories with local authors, crafts and rhymetime fun!

Monday June 12, 2017

10am to 12noon

For families with children aged 5 and under.

For more details, contact us on 0118 974 3711 or

e-mail: bookstart@wokingham.gov.uk

Hop along to our Bookstart Storytimes this week, come and explore fun stories and make some Bunny ears.

Hop along to our Bookstart Storytimes this week, come and explore fun stories and make some Bunny ears.

bear no. 1Bookstart storytimes, with outdoor  themed tales and a Bunny ears craft activity will  take place at:

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, all on the Bookstart website at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/

Libraries go outside to celebrate reading for National Bookstart Week 2017

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Wokingham Borough libraries is kicking off its events for this year’s National Bookstart Week with rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on 12 June, from 10am to noon.

This year’s theme is exploring outdoors. Children who attend any of the storytime and rhymetime events during the week will receive a free copy of the picture book ‘Everybunny Dance’ by Ellie Sandall.   

National Bookstart Week, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, seeks to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even for just ten minutes a day.

There will be two rhymetimes at the Dinton event on the 12th, at 10.30 and 11.30am, as well as activities and information from family workers.  The early year’s team will be promoting its Ready for School, Ready for Life programme, plus stands from the community wardens, and charities Home-Start and First Days. Local authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow will be reading extracts from their books.

Bookstart storytimes, with outdoor-themed tales and craft activities, are due to take place at:

  • Spencers Wood Library, 5 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library, 5 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library, 6 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library, 7 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Woodley Library, 10 June from 11 to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library, 12 June from 11.15 to 11.45am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library, 17 June from 10.15 to 10.45am
  • Arborfield Pop-up Library, 12 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Twyford Library, 20 June from 4 to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library, 7 July from 11 to 11.30am

Wokingham Borough libraries and children’s centres are also holding a Bookstart Bear Hunt, from 5 June to 3 September.  Bears will be hiding in borough libraries, children’s centres and country parks for children to find.

“During National Bookstart Week we’ll be encouraging parents and children to read together daily,” said Mark Redfearn, service manager for libraries and community services.

“Our events, activities and resources will hopefully help families see the benefits of regularly reading together, as well as something fun and enjoyable to do.   Our borough libraries offer an array of amazing books, e-books, story and rhyme sessions and much more. They are always open to everyone.”

Under-fives library officer, Claire Groves, said: “We’re calling for all parents and carers across the Wokingham Borough to support the love of books and share the magic of stories.” 

If families cannot attend one of the events they can join in the fun at home via the Bookstart website.