Superduck flies in to Wokingham to celebrate National Bookstart Week

Every parent is a hero to their children, but even heroes need a helping hand to hone their skills. That’s why this June, Booktrust is calling for parents and carers across the nation including the Wokingham Borough, to don their superhero masks, reveal their secret powers and go with their children on a quest to find a local hero-themed National Bookstart Week event.

Wokingham Borough libraries are celebrating National Bookstart Week with a Rhymetime at the brand new play area in Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 9 from 11am to 1pm. Everyone who attends will receive a Super Duck booklet by author and illustrator Jez Alborough.

The library service will be joined by staff from the borough’s children’s centres, health visitors and other local heroes such as Thames Valley Police and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Children can come dressed as their favourite hero and families can bring their own picnic to enjoy at the country park. There will be nursery rhymes, songs at 11.15am and 12.15pm. Plus there will be some local heroes for families to meet.

Richard Alexander, libraries manager, said: “Children are never too young to enjoy using our libraries and even babies can become library members. It’s so important to read every day with your child, and it should be an enjoyable activity for all family members.

“We also offer storytimes, rhymetimes and other activities designed to help children aged five and under get the most out of their local library. If you’ve not received one already, you can also pick up your Bookstart baby pack on the day for babies aged up to 12 months. But don’t forget you can also collect them from any Wokingham Borough library or children’s centre.”