Put on your PJs for library Pyjamarama!

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading.

Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking place throughout the week.

BookTrust is working with Somerset County Council and other community partners to ensure as many children as possible have their very own story to read before bed.

An estimated 1 in 4 children in the UK aged between 0 and 5 are not read to regularly. This means over 1.4 million children are missing out on the vital benefits of regular reading in the early years – it’s our job to make sure every child has an equal opportunity to have a bedtime story.

To help, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity 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 getting involved with Pyjamarama themed events happening throughout the week starting 3 June 2019.

Sue Crowley, Strategic Manager Libraries at Somerset County Council said: “Reading a bedtime story together can be an important bonding experience for parents and carers to share with their children and helps children grow their love of reading from their earliest years. Somerset Libraries are delighted to be involved in celebrating our first Pyjamarama!”

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust said: “We are thrilled that so many children will receive a copy of Car, Car, Truck Jeep and join the festivities for BookTrust’s first ever Pyjamarama celebration. It’s so important for parents and carers to find the time to read with their children and introduce their little one to the magical world of books.

“Reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on many life outcomes for children such as their wellbeing, confidence, creativity and educational achievements. Quite simply, those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don’t.”

On Friday 7 June, schools, nurseries and workplaces will also join the fun by putting on their PJs and donating £1 to BookTrust so that no child misses out on a bedtime story.

To find out about the Pyjamarama themed events and activities planned for local libraries in Somerset, visit http://www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/our-libraries 

If families are unable 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/

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Contact

Somerset County Council Press Office pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk, 01823 355020

Emily Grigg, BookTrust Press Officer, emily.grigg@booktrust.org.uk, 020 7801 8848

Notes to Editors

BookTrust is dedicated to getting children reading because we know that children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic and more creative. Their early language development is supported and they also do better at school.

We are the UK’s largest children’s reading charity; each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because we know that reading can transform lives.

We work with a variety of partners to get children excited about books, rhymes and stories, because if reading is fun, children will want to do it. Our books are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners, and are supported with guidance, advice and resources to encourage the reading habit. booktrust.org.uk

Funds raised from BookTrust’s Pyjamarama campaign could go towards:

  • £25 could provide 15 pre-school children living in women’s refuge centres with their own book pack
  • £50 could provide 6 families from deprived communities with additional support through their children’s centre to develop a reading habit
  • £100 could help us work with a struggling secondary school to support teenagers re-engage with reading
  • £1,000 could enable us to support 740 children with a disability that impacts motor skills, providing them with specially created touch and feel books, finger puppets and guidance for parents