Pyjamarama Storytime comes to Wakefield Council Libraries

29/05/2019, PR-9065

Wakefield Council Libraries will be holding an entire week of pyjama parties for children aged five and under.

Just wake up, roll out of bed, and join the council libraries for a magical storytime in pyjamas from Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June from 10am to 10.45am.

All children who attend the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt that they can take home and read before bed.

Pyjamarama reading bear

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "All the research shows that reading together has a dramatic effect on outcomes for children such as wellbeing, confidence, creativity and educational achievements. Ten minutes a day can make a big difference. Quite simply, those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't."

The children's pyjama parties are being held to celebrate Pyjamara being hosted by the charity BookTrust which is dedicated to getting children reading.

Reading helps to develop their language skills early in life which allows them to do better at school.

More than one in four children in the UK aged between 0 and 5 are not read to regularly. This means more than 1.4 million children miss out on the benefits that sharing books every day brings.

Wakefield is part of BookTrust's national book gifting programme which has to date given 235,226 Bookstart packs to children in Wakefield to help develop a love of reading.

To find out where your nearest Wakefield Council Library is, telephone 0345 8 506 506 or go to www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries