Book scheme for babies

A BOOKS for babies scheme in Cambridgeshire has been expanded to make reading material available to every toddler in the county. Thirty-two static and six mobile libraries across the region are being used to distribute the free Bookstart Plus satchels to

A BOOKS for babies scheme in Cambridgeshire has been expanded to make reading material available to every toddler in the county.

Thirty-two static and six mobile libraries across the region are being used to distribute the free Bookstart Plus satchels to toddlers aged between 24-30 months.

Joanne Frusher, Cambridgeshire County Council bookstart co-ordinator, said: "Through this scheme, every parent should be provided with the opportunity to share books, stories and rhymes with their child."

Each satchel contains two books, a Numbers are Fun bedroom frieze, a colouring book and box of crayons. Parents will need to produce proof of their child's age by showing their Health Record Book.

Funding for the scheme is provided by the Department for Education and Skills' Sure Start and 20 children's publishers and booksellers.

INFORMATION: Call 0845 0455225 or visit:www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library