A County Durham nursery invited children to bring their mums, grans, aunts and female carers to school for Cuddle Up With A Book Day.

The unique event was held in celebration of Mother’s Day and World Book Day.

Headteacher of Rosemary Lane Nursery School, Jill Jones, said: “Each of our families were given a special invitation to come to nursery with their child’s favourite book.

“We have tremendous links with our parents and almost all of our 100 children were represented by a significant adult across the morning and afternoon sessions.

“The parents and carers involved shared a cuppa and homemade cakes baked by our fabulous team of parent and grandparent volunteers.”

The nursery was transformed into special reading areas for families to read and share stories together in a cosy environment. As well as having access to the nursery’s library of books, families were also given story sacks and puppets.

Ms Jone added: “It was a wonderful success with the children hearing a multitude of different stories, including firm favourites, traditional and many new authors.

“There were lots of opportunities for mums to share stories with their own children and their peers. We even had stories in Japanese shared on the day, giving the children an insight into different print and cultures.”

The headteacher added that having a special family member come to the nursery to read a child’s favourite book encouraged book skills and reading to a greater degree than dressing up as a book character.

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