Bath, Book, Bed

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Organisations working with under fives will be celebrating the Booktrust’s Bath Book Bed campaign with a range of activities and events during 9 to 15 April including Peppa Pig themed activities and rhyme times. 

In it’s second year, Book Trust’s campaign puts stories firmly at the centre of a good night’s sleep. They feel that Bath Book Bed is the answer all parents/carers of young children have been looking for. Libraries know the value of a good book and work hard to ensure there are great titles available for that bedtime routine moment.

Burley, Keighley, Eccleshill & Baildon Libraries will be offering bedtime stories and craft activities.

Shipley and Laisterdyke Libraries are excited to offer a Peppa Pig themed storytime with crafts including Peppa Pig puppets.

For the first time this campaign also includes private nurseries and schools. The seventeen settings taking part are spread across the district from Queensbury Tykes to Harden Pre-School to Parkland Primary School. They are offering events including stories under the duvet, pyjama bedtime stories and will be encouraging families to join the library so that they can continue their reading journey and support the Bath Book Bed routine.

Children’s centres are also taking part by having Bath Book Bed themed stay and play sessions and Parkland Children’s Centre are offering a Peppa Pig Easter Event.

The full list of events open to the general public is outlined below:

  • Burley Library 1.45pm on Tuesday 17 April - Bath Book Bed rhymetime/storytime
  • Bingley Library 10am Tuesday 24 April - Bath Book Bed Rhymetime 
  • Keighley Library 11am on Saturday 14 April - I love you too storytime with pop up card craft
  • Eccleshill Library 2pm on Monday 30 April - Bath Book Bed storytime & craft
  • Shipley Library 2pm on Tuesday 10 April - Bath Book Bed stories & Peppa Pig craft
  • Laisterdyke Library 2.30pm on Monday 9 April - Bath Book Bed stories & Peppa Pig puppets
  • Baildon Library 2.30pm on Thursday 12 April - Bath Book Bed storytime & craft
  • Idle Library 10am Monday 16 April - Bath Book Bed storytime
  • Parkland Children’s Centre 12.45pm on Thursday 12 April - Peppa Pig Easter event
  • Mayfield Children’s Centre 10am on Wednesday 11 April - Bath Book Bed stay & play
  • Holme Wood Children’s Centre 1.30pm on Monday 9 April - Bath Book Bed play & learn
  • Tyersal Children’s Centre 10am on Wednesday 11 April - Bath Book Bed play & learn
  • Woodside Children’s Centre 2pm on Thursday 12 April - Bath Book Bed play & learn
  • Reevy Hill Children’s Centre 2pm on Friday 13 April - Bath Book Bed play & learn

All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle. Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.

The UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust have also launched a free new booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of their Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Research* has shown that bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and longer sleep duration. And regular language-based bedtime routines such as singing, reading, or storytelling are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills.

But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep - it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t - and the gap only widens as they get older.

Parents/carers can pick up their free copy of the new Bath, Book, Bed booklet from Libraries & Children’s Centres. The booklet can also be downloaded from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Visit the BookTrust website to find out more about the campaign. Share your tips and ideas too using @BookTrust and #BathBookBed on Twitter.

*Research shows that a regular nightly bedtime routine is associated with improved sleep in young children; regular reading, singing or storytelling at bedtime are also associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine argues that positive bedtime routines involve a regular sequence of pleasurable and calming activities before a child goes to sleep - including a soothing bath, brushing teeth and reading a bedtime story (Mindell et al, 2015). At BookTrust we also know that sharing books with your child is a wonderful way to improve their literacy, confidence and wellbeing

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