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National Storytelling Week

27 January to 4 February 2024

Throughout National Storytelling Week, we encourage parents and carers to read and share stories with their children including their own favourite childhood stories, however long ago that may be!

Reading and sharing stories with children can:

  • help your child get to know sounds, words and language
  • develop early literacy skills
  • learn to value books and stories
  • spark your child’s imagination
  • stimulate curiosity.

If you are not already signed up to Redbridge Libraries, it’s easy to join, just complete our online form. You can borrow up to twenty library books with your library card and access all of the services available at your local library as well as online service via our Virtual Library

three toddlers looking at a picture book

Activities at Redbridge Libraries

Music to My Ears – book signing event at Wanstead Library

Join local 12 year old author Riku Fryderyk as they read out of their second book ‘Music to My Ears’. Drop-in for a fun opportunity to get your copy of Music to My Ears signed by the author.

Books will be available for purchase from the author on the day.

DATE: Saturday 27 January

TIME: 11am – 12noon

Suitable for ages 10 – 14yrs


Photo of 12 year old author Riku Fryderyk next to their book cover 'Music to my Ears'

Storytelling Fish Craft Activity at Fullwell Cross Library and Hainault Library

Make Storytelling Fish!

Once you have made your storytelling fish, you will be able to write/draw your very own story inside.

DATE: Saturday 27 January

TIME: 11am – 11.45am

Suitable for ages 5+


Games Day at Redbridge Central Library

Join us in a games day and take part in games such as creative storytelling or fairytale dominos. Fact or fiction bring your best story to share.

DATE: Saturday 27 January

TIME: 2pm – 4pm

Suitable for ages 4+


Bookstart packs

Sharing books, stories and rhymes with your child from an early age can help create a lifelong reader. Redbridge Libraries had partnered with BookTrust to offer the following Bookstart packs free to parents and carers in the borough:

Bookstart Baby

Bookstart Baby is a universal book gifting programme in England and Wales. Every child aged 0-12 months is eligible for a free pack including a book, information leaflet and finger puppet, designed to support and encourage families to read with their child as early as possible.

Visit your local library to grab one today!

Bookstart Additional Needs packs

As well as Bookstart Baby, BookTrust also offers the following packs for children with additional needs:

  • Bookstart Shine for children who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • Bookstart Touch for children with a visual impairment
  • Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

All the packs are free to parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.

Stories, Rhymes and Songs at Redbridge Libraries

Babies love books so it’s never too early to bring your child to the library. Enjoy stories and songs together with your child and meet other parents and children.

These weekly events last are suitable for under 5s. They are FREE and no booking is required but please arrive on time.

During busy periods, we may need to limit numbers to accommodate everyone safely.

Come and join us at our weekly sessions:

2.15pm-2.35pm Goodmayes Library

10am-10.30am Fullwell Cross Library
10.30am-11am Redbridge Central Library
2pm-2.30pm South Woodford Library & Gym

10.30am-11am Gants Hill Library

10.30am-11am Hainault Library
10.30am-11am Redbridge Central Library
2.30pm-3pm Aldersbrook Library

10am-10.30am Fullwell Cross Library
10.30am-11am South Woodford Library & Gym
10.30am-11am Gants Hill Library
10.15am-10.35am Wanstead Library
10.30am-10.50am Goodmayes Library
11.15am-11.35am Wanstead Library
10.30am-11am Woodford Green Library

For more information on National Storytelling Week or details of their online events visit The Society for Storytelling website or National Literacy Trust.