May 2021

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Pyjamarama is back for 2021 - from May 10

Pyjamarama is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy reading stories - in their pyjamas!  Hertfordshire Libraries will be joining in with the online events hosted on Friday 14 May by BookTrust. Get ready for Pyjamarama 2021 | BookTrust There will be lots of author talks, story readings and illustrator draw-a-longs to excite children of all ages. Follow BookTrust on Facebook for the latest updates at  (20+) BookTrust | Facebook. BookTrust will be using Friday 14 May as a fund-raising day, with some schools and early years settings asking children to pay £1 to wear their pyjamas for the day. 

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive, says: “Sharing stories both at school and at home is a fantastic way to help children build social skills and resilience and supports communication skills, language development, confidence and mental health, which is even more important given the difficulties of the last year”.

BookTrust is a charity that provides 45,000 BookStart packs to Hertfordshire families every year: Baby Bags distributed by Health Visitors at birth, Treasure Packs delivered through Early Years settings and Time to Read packs gifted in Reception classes. Pyjamarama is an opportunity for BookTrust and libraries to showcase all this amazing work in encouraging children of all ages to enjoy reading, because we know that children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic and more creative.

The BookTrust website showcases the latest children’s books to be published and suggests great ideas of other books to try. Don’t wait until Pyjamarama Day - check out their HomeTime offer at with its wealth of stories and activities to keep the family busy.

Hertfordshire Libraries will be making the whole of Pyjamarama week a FUN-raising time – look out for online story sessions and events, Bookface Bears and more fun! In the past, libraries have highlighted our favourite classic bedtime stories. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiger who Came to Tea and the wonderful Gruffalo featured heavily.  This year, we will be highlighting our favourite NEW bedtime stories.  We want to get children excited about books, rhymes and stories, because if reading is fun, children will want to do it.


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