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Suffolk Libraries supports Reading Together

The Reading Agency's 'Reading Together Day' logo

On Thursday 16th July, Suffolk Libraries will be highlighting the importance of reading to your children as part of Reading Together Day.

eading Together Day is a collaboration between Authors Aloud UK, Arts Council England, ASCEL, Book Trust, British Library, CILIP, Coram Beanstalk, DCMS, Department for Education, Dollywood Foundation, Libraries Connected, National Literacy Trust, Open University, Pearson, Publishers Association, School Library Association and World Book Day.

Research revealed by BookTrust in February suggested that more than 340,000 primary school children are reading with their parents for less than 15 minutes a week and according to the 2000 parents questioned in the study, a further 6% of children are never read to at all.

Reading together is widely considered a vital part of family bonding and bedtime stories have shown to build a child's confidence in reading as they get older.

Children's Librarian Sophie Green said:

"Reading together is something you can do under the same roof or virtually – share one story with your family or friends or all read different books at the same time – the main thing is to get everyone reading and talking about books together."

If you are a parent looking for books to share with your children, we have two eBook collections available from our Overdrive platform:

To get involved, let us know who you'll be reading with on the day or what books you intend to share by using #ReadingTogetherDay. You can also tweet us at @SuffolkLibrary.

For more reading ideas, listen to Sue's Book Spot on Picture books via our Youtube channel: