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Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 24 August 2013. We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.
Most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it's not enough to assume that your children will learn to read when they get to school. Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.
The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups.
The Reading Hour is nominally 5pm to 6pm on 24 August, but events will be happening all day, to avoid or coincide with important sporting fixtures and venue opening hours, and to accommodate the different time zones.
Visit your local library and bookstore to find out what events and activities are taking place, or check out events calendar on this page.