Hundreds of children are set to pack into Rochdale's Springfield Park to enjoy an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Our Bookstart Bear's Picnic in the Park event is on Thursday, 14 June 2018 from 12noon-2pm. Families with pre-schoolers are encouraged to pack a picnic for the event, which is free to attend.
The entertainment will be led by early years library worker Irene Peachey, who will present story and rhyme sessions throughout the afternoon.
Other attractions include a miniature railway, craft activities, a special visit from the fire service and stunning displays of rescued owls thanks to the fantastic Wise Owl Birds of Prey Rescue and Mobile Display Team. Find out more about Wise Owl and the work they do.
This year's theme will be 'Bookstart Bird Boogie' and every child who attends will receive a free mini copy of 'A Busy Day for Birds' by popular author Lucy Cousins.
'National Bookstart Week is a wonderful way of introducing children to the joys of reading and learning'
The aim of National Bookstart Week is to celebrate the enjoyment and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from as early an age as possible.
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: "National Bookstart Week is a wonderful way of introducing children to the joys of reading and learning. Springfield Park is a lovely venue and it's always a well-attended and popular event. Let's hope the sun shines and crowds flock to the park to enjoy an afternoon of fun and learning."