National Bookstart Week 2013
Discover the magic of fairy tales with Bookstart this June
Come along to a National Bookstart Week event near you this June to discover the magical world of fairy tales. There will be stories, rhymes and lots of other fun family activities, and we're giving away, thanks to the support of publishers Child's Play, copies of the classic Ugly Duckling story, beautifully illustrated by Masumi Furukawa.
Last year we held over 5,000 special free events for babies, toddlers and preschool children and their families for National Bookstart Week. This year promises to be even better, with libraries, nurseries, children's settings, bookshops and other venues all over the country taking part as we celebrate families reading together and getting involved in their child's early learning.
The magic will continue online, too. You and your child will be able to listen to stories together, enter competitions, and enjoy activities to discover fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Puss in Boots.
National Bookstart Week will take place from Monday 24-Sunday 30 June 2013. To get involved, ask at your local library in June, or check back here for more information.
'If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.'