Pyjamarama Party – Wokingham Library

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WokinghamBorough Council’s library service is hostingits own pyjama party and distributing free books to celebrate BookTrust’s‘Pyjamarama’.

Pyjamarama Party

On Thursday June 6 families are setfor a day full of fun as Wokingham Borough libraries invites the community tojoin together and celebrate ‘Pyjamarama’, BookTrust’s inaugural celebration aimed at getting more children reading.The event takes place at California Country Park from 10am to 12 noon.

Authors Attending

Families can share stories withchildren’s authors – Katrina Charman, Layn Marlow, Rachel Jane and TinaStubbs.  There will be a Rhymetime withthe Wokingham Borough libraries team. Additional activities will be available with My Journey Team, Wokingham Boroughchildren’s centres and Home-Start Wokingham. There will also be information stands form the council’s early year’s teamand NHS nursery nurses.  Lots of playfulactivities to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere andanytime and to share the magic of books.

Week Long Fun

As part of Pyjamarama (Monday 3 –toFriday June 7), BookTrust is working with Wokingham Borough libraries and othercommunity partners to ensure as many children as possible have their very ownstory to read before bed. More than one in four childrenin the UK aged between 0 and five are not read to regularly. This means morethan 1.4 million children are missing out on the vital benefits of regularreading in the early years – the library service is committed to making sure everychild has an equal opportunity to have a bedtime story.  To help, the UK’s largest children’s readingcharity is giving out over 450,000 free copies of the picture book Car, Car,Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)at libraries, children’s centres and foodbanks across the UK who are gettinginvolved with Pyjamarama themed events happening throughout the week startingJune 3 2019.

On Friday June 7, schools, nurseriesand workplaces will also join the fun by putting on their PJs and donating £1to BookTrust so that no child misses out on a bedtime story. If families areunable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home,with plenty of PJ themed arts and crafts on the BookTrust website: booktrust.org.uk/pyjamarama-books/

Pyjamarama Party


Cllr Parry Batth, executive member forenvironment and leisure, said “This fun initiative delivered by WokinghamBorough libraries is a great way of encouraging parents and children to readtogether on a daily basis. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on manylife outcomes for children such as their wellbeing, confidence, creativity andeducational achievements. The events, activities and resources will helpfamilies to see the benefits of regularly reading together as well as beingsomething that is fun and enjoyable to do.  Our borough libraries offer an array of amazing books, e-books, storyand rhyme sessions and much more. They are always open to everyone.”

Under 5’s

Under 5s officer Claire Groves said: “We are calling for allparents and carers from across Wokingham Borough to support the love of booksand sharing the magic of stories together.  Come along and meet local authors Layn Marlow, Tina Stubbs, Rachel Janeand Katrina Charman at our event at California Country Park, who will besharing their stories.“

Dad of two, John Singh said: “I alwayslook forward to reading my two little girls a story when I come home from work.It’s one of the most important bonding experiences parents and carers can sharewith their children. The whole family is looking forward to Pyjamarama at ourlibrary this year.”

Diana Gerald, chief executive ofBookTrust, added: “We are thrilled that so many children will receive a copy ofCar, Car, Truck Jeep and join the festivities for BookTrust’s first everPyjamarama celebration. It’s so important for parents and carers to find thetime to read with their children and introduce their little one to the magicalworld of books. Quite simply, those children who read for pleasure are morelikely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don’t.”