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Caithness News Bulletins April 2005
BOOKSTART IN SCOTLAND DAY
To give the event a particularly Scottish flavour, Bookstart in Scotland Day is being held at castles up and down the country from Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands to Edinburgh Castle in the heart of the Capital. The events are expected to bring thousands of parents and babies together to sing traditional rhymes and songs such as 'Wee Willie Winkie', and 'Humpty Dumpty'.
Other castles hosting events are Stirling Castle, Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire and Methven Castle in Perth and Kinross. In authorities with no available castle, Bookstart Co-ordinators are getting creative and events are being held in Alloa Tower in Clackmannanshire and in several bouncy castles in Falkirk and North Ayrshire. Many libraries are also hosting events with cardboard castles in their children's section.
The well-known Scottish Illustrator Julie Lacome, who has illustrated over 30 books and written several others including 'Walk Through The Jungle' and 'Ruthie's Big Old Coat' is also involved in the celebrations. Julie produced a beautiful rhyme sheet for Bookstart in Scotland Day, copies of which are being gifted to all babies and children who attend an event.
Bookstart, administrated by Booktrust, is the first national books for babies scheme in the world. Every baby in Scotland receives a free bag of books from their health visitor at their 7-9 month check. This gift demonstrates to parents the benefits of reading with their children from as early an age as possible and shows how books offer a tremendous bonding experience and allow for lots of fun and shared laughter. The gift also encourages parents to make going to the library and singing rhymes part of their child's routine. Bookstart's research has shown that children who love books and are introduced to them from a very early age go on to do much better at school.
The following events have been organised by the Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service for Bookstart in Scotland Day, Thursday May 19th, 2005.
Ross & Cromarty
Skye & Lochalsh
Parents and guardians with a baby aged between 9-12 months who have not yet received their Bookstart Bag should contact their local health visitor or library for assistance or phone the National Co-ordinator for Bookstart in Scotland, Caroline McLeod on 0131 556 7990.