National Bookstart Week 2014
Discover your hero with Bookstart!
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Christopher Robin in Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)
National Bookstart Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June
This year, we were encouraging families to read every day as a fun shared experience that helps children begin to listen, talk and learn about the world around them.
Our theme for the week was ‘My hero’. Thanks to HarperCollins, we were thrilled to give away thousands of special copies of Super Duck by Jez Alborough, who also created these wonderful new illustrations of his beloved characters as everyday heroes.
The kids loved making the superhero masks and soon we had little superheros running around (flying) during the session, making up their own stories and having fun
We hope you were able to join us for one of the hundreds of free events held at libraries, nurseries, children's centres and bookshops across the country for preschool children and their families, with stories, rhymes and lots of other fun activities.
The week itself is over, but the fun of reading every day and celebrating heroes never ends! Take a look at the hero-themed activities below and don't forget to reward a someone with a place on our Wall of reading heroes!
Our libraries are our hero giving us somewhere fun to go and we love our Bookstart packs
'Super Duck' online storybook
Follow Duck, Goat, Sheep and Frog in an adventure with kites and trucks! Exciting voiceover and top tips will help you get the most from sharing Jez Alborough’s fun story and there are also versions in Welsh and BSL.
My hero picture maker
We’ll take you step-by-step though colouring in a Super Duck hero, choosing a background and making it your own with drawing tools and stickers, and then submitting your picture to a gallery or printing it out.
My hero activity sheets
From reading to rhyming and baking to cape-making, there's plenty of hero-themed fun to entertain and inspire little readers!
My hero online activities
We’re still celebrating heroes – from superheroes to relatives, and storybook characters to community members. So why not reward your child’s hero with a certificate, or a place on our Wall of reading heroes?