Chattering classes teach toddlers all about books

Book Chatter sessions at Westwoodside CE Primary Academy.
Book Chatter sessions at Westwoodside CE Primary Academy.

Book Chatter dates are proving a hit with youngsters at Westwoodside C of E 
Primary Academy.

Sessions to enthuse little ones as they are introduced to reading have grown in popularity since the first one on March 6 World Book Day!

Led by Caroline Byers, an Imagination Library champion volunteer, babies and toddlers have explored books, rhymes, activities and have had fun doing it.

Along with their parents, carers, grandparents and friends the children look at and chat about Imagination Library books. Weekly themes so far have included Old McDonald’s Farm and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Up to ten children have attended each session which runs on Thursday mornings. The youngest attendee is only a few months old.

“It is never too early to introduce books to babies and we have a range of soft and squidgy books just for our youngest members,” said Helen Spowage, foundation stage teacher and Imagination Library lead teacher
 in the Isle.

She continued: “The free sessions really foster early talk and of course a love of books with the children. As a school we actively promote early language skills and know just how important parents and carers are in this process.”

Ailsa Leggott, an Early Years and Best Start officer for North Lincolnshire, dropped in to a recent session. She acknowledged the warm welcome, fun activities and positive environment that has been fostered by the scheme.

Anyone who would like further information about Imagination Library 
should contact the school 
on 01427 752355.