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Find The Time To Rhyme!
Monday 21st September, 2009

Find The Time To Rhyme!
Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep and The Queen of Hearts, alias Jo Ralph, Katherine Muirhead and Wendy Froggatt, from Wigan’s Bookstart Team relax in Mesnes Park.

WIGAN'S Bookstart Team are on a quest to find out the borough’s favourite nursery rhyme.

Voting boxes have been placed in libraries and Children's Centres across Wigan and Leigh in a bid to find out if people think Humpty Dumpty is a real cracker or whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a shining example of a classic nursery rhyme.

It’s part of a national initiative by Bookstart – a scheme which gifts packs of books to parents and carers to promote reading with children from an early age.

Each year more than 10,500 children across the borough receive a Bookstart pack. The free packs are gifted to babies, toddlers and children in their pre-school year.

Wigan’s favourite nursery rhyme will be announced at a special celebration at Hope Community Library, Marus Bridge on National Bookstart Day – October 9th.

Wendy Froggatt, Bookstart co-ordinator for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “National Bookstart Day is about reminding people that reading with your child is one of the real pleasures in life.
“Nursery rhymes are a great way to prepare children for reading and writing and research has shown there’s a clear relationship between how well children know nursery rhymes before they go to school and the progress they make later on when learning to read and spell.
“They’re also a lot of fun.”

On National Bookstart Day members of the Bookstart Team will dress up as characters from nursery rhymes, as youngsters and their parents take part in storytimes, craft activities and singing.

Wendy added: “Lots of parents have forgotten rhymes that they knew as children, and miss out on sharing them with their families.
“We’re passionate about keeping these traditional rhymes going because it really does have an educational impact for children.
“Hopefully, it also encourages them to develop a lifelong love of books.”

For more information call 01942 827 507 or visit www.bookstart.org.uk

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