National Storytelling Week: These are the top places to read with kids in Liverpool

Everyone has a favourite childhood story, what’s yours?

To coincide with National Story Telling Week 2019 (26th January – 2nd Feb 2019) we put the spot light on Liverpool’s best reading spots to enjoy as a family. 2014 statistics show that that one in 5 children in England cannot read well by the age of 11 but with so many great places in Liverpool where you can read for free, there’s every reason to discover a love of reading in 2019.

Whether you’re an avid reader, lover of local history or a casual browser of the paper in the morning, reading is proven to increase literacy skills, enhance wellbeing and generally make us feel a bit more chilled out. A chapter or two of your favourite childhood book, a good old Chip, Biff & Kipper Adventure or a fun rendition of The Gruffalo at bedtime can do wonders for little imaginations.

More: These Merseyside children are leading the way with Ofsted in 2019

Did you know….reading Harry Potter has been shown to improve children’s attitudes toward stigmatized groups such as immigrants, refugees, and members of the LGBT community*.

If you’d rather get hands on with storytelling, why not head to Museum of Liverpool and explore the Global City and Tales of Our City exhibitions to discover fascinating facts about our amazing city and the people who live here. Liverpool’s story is one everyone should hear.

Here’s our run down of the best places to share a story in Liverpool……


Liverpool Central Library

The magnificent Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street is open 7 days a week and not only offers a dedicated Children’s Library, it also has an entire floor dedicated to local history. Read a classic, discover a new author or research your own story, all under one roof. For local library open hours and family drop in sessions, head this way.

The Reader / Storybarn

Did you know that in the leafy Calderstones Park there lies a haven for book lovers, young and old? The International Centre for Shared Reading (or The Reader) is currently undergoing a £5million refurbishment and when completed, it will be a hub for reading and wellbeing for locals and visitors alike. Find out more here. 

For little readers there is also The Storybarn. This interactive story-centre for young people offers a thrilling world of imagination where children can embark on a literary adventure. The Storybarn features live-reading from the story-sharers, crafts and a giant slide! More info here. 

Baby Book Club, Bluecoat

The hugely popular Baby Book Club returns to the Bluecoat on 7th February with another 10 week course for families, carers and little ones to enjoy. Taking place at 10:30am every Thursday, the group is aimed at helping new parents to develop their reading skills and techniques while encouraging their babies to engage with different books too. Find out more and book your spot here. 

Waterstones, Liverpool ONE

Our favourite book emporium, Waterstones at Liverpool ONE has a dedicated reading area on the first floor where children can read and listen to their favourite stories. There’s Harry Potter Reading Nights, Half Term fun with The Gruffalo and a young adult/teen book club too. Find out more here. 

Big Art & Story Walkers, Walker Art Gallery

Big Art at The Walker Art Gallery is a dedicated space for youngsters to explore artefacts from the main gallery collections and it also has a brilliant reading area too. Grab a spot on the carpet and find out interesting facts from the every changing range of books on offer. For toddlers, there’s also the Story Walkers sessions every Sunday at 2pm. Find out more here.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

half term lady lever art gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village also offers a fab weekly story session, perfect for children age 7 and under From 11am every Sunday (expect 24th Feb 2019) you can listen to family favourites. Don’t fotget to cgeck out the Quentin Blake and John Yeoman Exhibition too! More info here. 

Bookstart

Did you know that every child in England and Wales is entitled to a free Bookstart pack before they are 12 months old and again aged 3-4 years? To find out where to pick up your free book pack, how to pick the perfect book for your child and details about The Letterbox Club, head to www.booktrust.org.uk


Check out the Liverpool Learning Partnership website www.liverpoollearningpartnership.com for links to great online reading resources for families.

Where is your favourite place to get lost in a good book in Merseyside? Do you run a community book club or drop in session for families? Drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we’ll share the details. Happy reading!

*Harry Potter reading study here.

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