Little Readers' Day Out – Free Event for Families

UnknownA Bristol company education umbrella have launched ‘Routes to Reading’, a new reading scheme and are holding a free event for families called Little Readers’ Day Out.

Little Readers’ Day Out is a free event aimed at helping parents to get the most out of reading books with their babies and toddlers aged 0 – 3 years (with older siblings catered for too). On Saturday 28th June in the At-Bristol science museum, parents will have the opportunity to take part in storytelling and rhyme time sessions with their little ones, and to speak to our reading experts about their child’s reading journey. There’s something for everyone; from parents who are yet to start reading to their baby to those who already read regularly. This is also an opportunity to join the baby book club and receive the best new books for babies and toddlers.

As well as story telling sessions and rhyme time there will be crafts and colouring, face painting, competitions and give-aways, guest appearances by well known book characters and a picture opportunity with Steam Dog Gromit. It promises to be a fabulous free event and great day out for any family with pre school children.

Routes to Reading was conceived when a group of seven Bristol-based families met at their first National Childcare Trust (NCT) class.  A year later one of the parents, Ruth Wadsworth, joined Education Umbrella. She set out to capture the reading trials and triumphs of her NCT group and turn them into something helpful for fellow parents. At the same time, Education Umbrella’s child literacy expert, Sandee Sond, was seeking a platform from which to showcase the best in children’s literature. When they put their goals together Routes to Reading was born.

Combining the power of reading with the pleasure of the right book, the new team devised a unique yet simple initiative: every month an expert panel would select two books for each of the seven families, in exchange for which the parents would submit videos of reading time with their child.

This exciting project is now ready to share these reading experiences with the world and help more parents create their own reading journeys.  The book club will officially launch at the end of June complete with a website packed full of reading tips and videos for parents to browse as well as an opportunity to upload their own.

The Routes to Reading website will also feature

·      A Little ones’ library where you can find the best books for children aged 0-3, month by month;

·      Reading guidance from early years and education professionals;

·      A video gallery of parents reading to children – this is divided month by month so parents can get guidance for their child’s exact age;

·      A video upload page; parents who upload their videos could be featured in the video gallery and;

·      A chance to join the baby book club.

For further information please contact Louise Harris on 07980 996318 or email [email protected]

Little Readers’ Day Out will be held on Saturday 28th June, from 10.30am-3.00pm at At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

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