Sharing stories in Wales
Not only does sharing stories and rhymes with children help their brain growth, it is a bonding experience that sets them up for a lifetime of reading for pleasure.
Bookstart in Wales packs include a book in Welsh and English.
Very young children don’t get confused by second languages – it's like a game for them – and it helps to develop good communication skills, while making them more likely to learn other languages as they grow up. Don't worry if you don't speak Welsh, just try to join in the rhymes, have fun and learn with your child!
- Get useful ideas for raising your child bilingually on the TwF website
- Read research summaries about the benefit of sharing stories
Your local library is the perfect place to find board and picture books to share with your child… and all for free!
Babies are never too young to join the library – we once heard of an 8-hour-old member! Libraries also have books to help with parenting and caring, from toilet training to dealing with tantrums! Many also hold Rhymetimes and Storytimes, which are a great way for families to meet and share songs, stories and rhymes.
Collect reading stickers and certificates!
Head to your local library in Wales and pick up a Bookstart collector's card – you can then get started collecting stickers every time you visit and borrow a book to read together.
For every four stickers, your child will receive a beautifully illustrated certificate. There are different designs so you can keep on collecting – including a special 10th golden Book Crawl certificate.