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Thank you to everyone who joined the twentieth anniversary celebrations of World Book Day last week.

Fifty families brought along their favourite books to Reading from the Start sessions at five locations across London to celebrate World Book Day.

World Book Day Alden Zephaniah Osei, age 2, with mum Josephine and monkey

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Children had the opportunity to make their own books, sing nursery rhymes and complete a collaborative piece of art spelling 'I LOVE READING'. Staff volunteers read books from their favourite authors including Quentin Blake, Marcus Pfister and Lynley Dodd.

Jarata Williams, mother of Azfar, said: "Azfar is 17 months so at this age it's just pictures and  symbols, animals, cars and planes. At home we have a book called Peekaboo which he likes. Today he was engrossed in the books 'Monkey & Me' by Emily Gravett, a rhyme book called 'Shuffle and Squelch'  and 'Oh Dear!' by Rod Campbell."

Symone Brown, Volunteers Project Coordinator, said: "I'd like to thank all the volunteers who come along every week to help make these weekly sessions such an enjoyable experience. This project has helped families to find new way of engaging in literacy activities together, engage with other families who live locally, and ensured that children enjoy books and creative arts."

About Reading from the Start

So far Peabody’s Reading from the Start programme has delivered over 7,000 books to children across London. We have registered 471 children to receive FREE monthly books, and 337 children have attended book club sessions.

If you’re a Peabody resident living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Waltham Forest or Thamesmead, find out more about registering your children for free books or attending our weekly sessions.