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Don shares his favourite childrens book for Bookstart 20 celebrations

May 11, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster MP joined has joined up with Bookstart and B&NES Council urging readers of all ages to share their favourite books as part of the Bookstart 20 campaign.

Bookstart 20 invites everyone to celebrate the early years reading programme’s 20th anniversary by making a simple pledge to share 20 books in 2012. This can be by sharing books with children of family or friends or by sharing books with children in a school, pre-school or library.

The pledge can be made on a postcard, available in all of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries, or online at www.booktrust.org.uk/bookstart20.

Local people are also being asked to name their favourite picture book and to say why it is their favourite. A “Top 20” of picture books will be compiled as the year progresses.

Don named ‘But Where is the Green Parrot’ by Thomas and Wanda Zacharias as his favourite: “My children and grandchildren have all loved this timeless classic. It’s a great way to engage even the youngest children in the excitement of books.

Councillor David Dixon (Lid-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It’s never too early to start sharing books with your baby and give them a head start in life. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries provide a valuable resource to families, with more and more under-fives joining their local library every year. Programmes such as Bookstart play a large part in helping the Council to encourage children to enjoy reading from an early age.”

Cllr David Dixon will be joining local picture book author Kathryn White and Don Foster, MP for Bath, to help launch the Bookstart 20 campaign at Bath Library at 11.30 am on Friday 11 May.

Cllr Dixon said that ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell is his favourite. “It’s the first book that I have read over and over again to both of my children,” he added.

People can join in by nominating their favourite picture books at any Bath & North East Somerset Council library, online at www.facebook/Bathlibraries, or on the Council’s Twitter feed @bathnes with the hashtag #bookstart20.

The Bookstart 20 campaign celebrates everything that the early years reading programme has achieved since it began in 1992. Over 64,000 free books have been given in Bookstart packs to the children of Bath and North East Somerset since the programme was launched here in 2005.