Published On: Thu, Mar 6th, 2014 on 11:58 am

Youngsters bookstart reading at the Greenwood Centre

Bookstart Greenwood Centre

Cllr Shabir Pandor and Bookstart Bear at the Greenwood Centre

Tots and parents from Kirklees have been getting free books and Bookstart packs as part of World Book Day taking place today.

This week, Kirklees Cabinet member for Libraries and Information Cllr Shabir Pandor, and Bookstart Bear were busy reading to parents and toddlers from the Children Place Nursery at the Greenwood Centre.

Together, they promoted the national Bookstart scheme in the area to encourage more parents to read with their children and collect their free book packs.

Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “Reading with babies and toddlers can help to develop a stronger relationship with you, basic speech, reading and communication skills, logical thinking, enhanced concentration and discipline and above all the knowledge that reading is fun.”

Launched in 1992, Bookstart is a government-funded scheme coordinated by the charity Booktrust that has now distributed over 40 million free books to more than eight million children.

In Kirklees, over 5,000 Bookstart packs are distributed each year to children under the age of one and at the age of three years through health visitors, libraries and pre-school groups.

Bookstart also provides specially adapted packs for children who are deaf, blind or partially sighted or where English is a second language.

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