Books for Children: Every Picture Tells a Story for Babies

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), February 27, 2001 | Go to article overview

Books for Children: Every Picture Tells a Story for Babies


Byline: Diane Parkes

BABIES as young as a few months old can benefit from shared reading time, according to Birmingham Bookstart co-ordinator Yvonne Luckett.

While they may be too young to start reading the words, they will gain from looking at pictures, helping to turn the pages and sharing time with a parent.

To ensure every baby in the country has access to books, the Bookstart scheme, which was piloted in Birmingham, now covers every education authority in the country.

Under the scheme, when a parent takes their baby for their seven to nine month hearing test, they are given a Bookstart pack which includes books chosen by child experts to cater for babies, as well as advice on the importance of reading and how to access a library.

Yvonne says: 'The scheme was first piloted in Birmingham in 1992 and the packs were given out to 300 children. Their progress was then monitored by Birmingham University and is still being monitored through their time at school. …

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