Regular library Rhyme Times have been asked to re-brand by the Booktrust for the National Bookstart Week which took place during week commencing 03-Jun-19.  The message they were asked to get across was to encourage parents and carers to read and share books with their children at bedtime.  They were provided with a large format book and other resources for the bedtime “Pyjamarama” theme.

At Adderbury library, the “Pyjamarama” Rhyme Times were spread over two sessions and a total of 23 children and 23 adults attended.

Chris Peacock, one of the Rhyme Time organisers, said “the parents loved the book and read along with the story telling.  The book is sung to the tune of “Baa Baa Black Sheep” so, as well as the parents joining in, they read along with the book at the end with the children watching as I mouthed how to sing the words on the pages to the tune. The children looked at vehicles afterwards and found the pictures in the book.  All rhymes on the sheet were acted out and how to sing the words of the book as well as read them.  Only two children were dressed in pyjamas but the weather was against us!  One child was wearing a moon and stars headband.

“We did lots of counting of vehicles etc and lots of “what can you see?” on certain pages. Linking to vehicles, we found a train in the book and sang “See the little engines standing in a row’ and ‘The Runaway Train’.  Finding a bus on the page, we sang ‘The wheels on the bus ….’  We used scarves to reinforce sleeping and linked to the suggested song ‘See the little bunnies’.”