Parents in Wiltshire are being encouraged to read stories to
their children at bedtime as part of National Book Week, which is
taking place from June 11th to 17th.

The Bookstart programme is organised by Booktrust and is being
supported by Wiltshire libraries, Marlborough People reports.

It will encourage parents to read at least 20 books to their children in 2012 as part of the 20th
anniversary celebrations of Bookstart.

Chief executive of Booktrust Viv Bird commented: "The routine of
sharing books, stories, songs and rhymes with babies helps to build
pre-literacy skills."

She added that it also helps to build a strong and loving bond
between parents and carers and their children.

Meanwhile, research from Feather & Black recently showed that
23 per cent of UK parents believe reading a bedtime story to their
kids is the most enjoyable part of the day, with the study
highlighting the key factors that help young people to get a good
night's sleep.

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