I'm a big fan of Booktrust, and today I'm sharing some information about two of their programmes which have recently been nominated for two Nursery World Awards, the leading early years' magazine. Booktrust is a reading charity that wants individuals from all backgrounds to experience enjoyment in reading and writing, and is responsible for a number of successful reading promotions.
The first is the Booktrust Stories tour, which encourages families - in particular Bangladeshi, Somali and Pakistani communities - to share stories and books together through live events. This has been nominated for the Inclusive Practice Award.
The Booktrust Stories Tour project, worked across England and Wales with community centres and libraries in ten regions with low arts engagement and high levels of deprivation, to create a storytelling theatre show with professional actors, a storyteller, and free books for children to take home. Some children had never been to a theatre show or seen professional storytellers before. The six month tour worked with 45 venues and reached over 1,500 children and 3,000 people in total. Booktrust also worked with the charity Pact to run family days in local prisons. One Huddersfield parent said of the Stories Tour: ‘It was good that the story used some Punjabi and Urdu. The children really tried hard to concentrate, the actors used good expression. It was brilliant – we enjoyed it.’
Secondly, the free Bookstart Corner 2-year-old pack is shortlisted for the Staff Resources category for children aged 0-3. The pack was launched earlier this year and has already reached 100,000 children.
The new Bookstart Corner 2-year-old pack is part of an award-winning programme which supports families to increase reading frequency and enhance children’s enjoyment of reading.
The pack this year includes: Sometimes I Feel Sunny by Georgie Birkett and Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson; parental guidance sheets, a rhyme CD and placemat and a card game.
Head of Early Years at Booktrust, Justine Hodgkinson says:
‘Booktrust celebrates parents and carers as their child’s first and most enduring teacher, but we are aware that many mums and dads welcome a few tips to make reading a relaxing and fun experience. The Stories Tour targets families who may benefit from some support in sharing stories with their child, especially when English may not be their first language.
‘Our Bookstart Corner 2-year old pack brings brilliant books and reading resources into homes via trusted children’s centre practitioners. These packs can be easily used to help whole families engage in reading and have fun together.
‘I am delighted that these fantastic programmes are being recognised in the Nursery World Awards.’
The winners of the Nursery World awards will be announced on 27 September 2014 at a ceremony in The Brewery, London.