Published on January 29, 2014 | by Henrique Cabral

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Bookstar Plus sessions are launched in Southwark

The 2014’s Bookstart Plus sessions have been launched this week in Southwark. The project puts teachers and library assistants together to coordinate activities between parents and children.

The sessions are open to children from 0 to 5 years old. The idea is that the parents and their children bond by reading, singing and playing together. “It really sparks his imagination, makes him improve his communication”, tells Lona Ward, mom of Isaac, who is 1 year old.

That’s not the only benefit of the Bookstart sessions. “The children who attend Bookstart sessions know how to sit and listen to stories. Lots of the children who don’t come to Bookstar sessions, who aren’t read to, just are totally unfocused when it comes to story time”, says library assistant Susan Chalen.

This has far reaching effects. Research by the Institute of Education shows that children who read for pleasure do better in school, even in subjects like Maths.

The teacher Anna Rice, responsible for the Peckham library sessions, summarizes the objective of the program. “It’s all about making reading fun”.

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