WOKINGHAM Borough library council service is hosting its own pyjama party and distributing free books to encourage children to read.

The library service are inviting the community to join together and celebrate Pyjamarama, which has been organised by the Book Trust charity to encourage more children to read a story before going to bed.

Families will be encouraged to share stories with a range of children authors including Katrina Charman, Layn Marlow, Rachel Jane and Tina Stubbs.

Councillor Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said “This fun initiative delivered by Wokingham Borough libraries is a great way of encouraging parents and children to read together on a daily basis.

“Reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on many life outcomes for children such as their wellbeing, confidence, creativity and educational achievements.

“The events, activities and resources will help families to see the benefits of regularly reading together as well as being something that is fun and enjoyable to do.”

The charity will also be giving away over 450,000 free copies of the picture book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt at libraries, children’s centres and foodbanks.

Diana Gerald, chief executive of Book Trust, added: “We are thrilled that so many children will receive a copy of Car, Car, Truck Jeep and join the festivities for Book Trust’s first ever Pyjamarama celebration.

“It’s so important for parents and carers to find the time to read with their children and introduce their little one to the magical world of books.

“Quite simply, those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't.”

The event will take place at California Country Park on Thursday, June 6. For more information, visit: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/pyjamarama/.