Bookstart bear leads the way to love of reading

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YOUNGSTERS were taught the BEAR necessities of getting to grips with reading during a special event at Hucknall Library.

For children were invited to a teddy bears’ picnic, taking their favourite teddy with them — and they met the Bookstart Bear.

Twenty-six children and 20 adults turned up for the event, which was highlighted by a special ‘rattle, rhyme and roll’ session, and the youngsters were provided with gingerbread men.

The event was part of National Bookstart Week, which is now in its 20th year.

Five thousand family events were held up and down the country — at libraries, children’s centres and bookshops — with families joining in storytelling and reciting rhymes.

Hucknall librarian Sharon Wells said: “One lady who had never been to a session like this before said she really enjoyed it.”

The event was also a feature of the 125th anniversary celebrations at the library.

OUR PHOTO shows two children meeting up with the Bookstart Bear — DISPIC NHUD12-1531-1.