Super Duck helps pre-schoolers get reading

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 June 2014

Library Assistant Gillian Jones handing out books to children and staff.

Library Assistant Gillian Jones handing out books to children and staff.

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‘SUPER Duck’ helped children from a Weston pre-school get into the reading mood when staff from Weston Library dropped in this week.

The youngsters at Chatterboxes pre-school in Swiss Road were treated to a free copy of the superhero bird’s tale as part of Bookstart Week on Monday, while library assistant Gillian Jones read extracts of the story.

The national initiative looks to encourage reading in 3-4 year olds through distributing free books and community events before they move onto primary school.

Chatterboxes’ Sue Pitt said: “It’s always good to encourage parents to read to their children, and this has made a real difference. Not everyone can afford books or has an interest and it just gives people a chance to get involved in reading, and with the events that go on all through the summer.

“Research shows that it being read to at this age is effective at building family attachment and children who have had that experience are higher achievers even by the time they reach 16.”

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