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Baby Book Club Announced


Following a successful pilot, the Bluecoat has announced a 10 week Baby Book Club for babies aged 3-12 months in a bid to aid child development and bring new parents together.

The ten-week course is designed by arts practitioners to help new parents to develop their reading skills and techniques while encouraging their babies to engage with different books. Each session includes discussion and sharing time, book recommendations and reviews, individual and group reading, and fun activities linked to the weekly core story.

A special visit to Liverpool Central Library where parents had the opportunity to explore the Children’s Library with their babies is also a feature of the course, which is supported by the City of Readers campaign, funded by Liverpool Learning Partnership.

Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at the Bluecoat said: “We found there to be limited opportunities for parents with young babies to access groups that specifically encourage them to enjoy books together.

“The majority of existing groups for babies use song, rhyme and sign. Those that more actively involve books are generally aimed at toddler-aged children. Although song and rhyme are really important, we are keen to explore family reading at the earliest possible stage.

“Evidence published by the American Academy of Paediatrics earlier this year stated that parents should read to their children from infancy in order to help children to develop their language, cognitive, and emotional development.

“As well as the positive developmental benefits for babies, our weekly sessions provide the opportunity for new parents to meet.”

Book club participant Annie MacLean, whose baby Betsy was eight months old when she started attending said: “The Baby Book Club has introduced books I'd never heard of and reminded me of ones I loved when I was young. I have found the sessions exploring inventive ways to get more out of books really useful and have easily put them into practice at home, making reading time even more fun.”

The Bluecoat already attracts a significant number of families with babies and children. Their diverse programme provides a variety of free family activities and events to encourage families and children to visit and engage with the arts and the garden is a popular haven in the city centre.

For our current Baby Book Club course please view the event page here.


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