The Lodge Day Nursery in Ipswich has been officially opened by best-selling children’s author Nick Butterworth.


After opening the nursery, the author sat down to read some of his well-known books to the children, including ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ and ‘The Hedgehog’s Balloon’. He also spoke to parents and reminded them about how important it is to read to children.


Mr Butterworth, 71, has sold more than 15 million books. He said: “I was very honoured to be invited to open The Lodge and I was very impressed with what I’ve seen so far and how much care has gone into it, it seems such a happy place.”


Amanda Childs, head of Ipswich Prep, said: “Regarding our opening from Mr Butterworth; his enthusiasm for stories was infectious, and his talks were much enjoyed by the children, parents, staff and visitors – we loved to hear his memories of reading and seeing him quickly sketch animals from a few squiggles on a page.


“With Christchurch Park at the end of the road, and with so many of the paintings on the walls of The Lodge reflecting the natural world including squirrels, hedgehogs and owls, it seemed very fitting that we asked Mr Butterworth to officially open our new nursery.


Mr Butterworth said: “Sharing the joy of stories is more than just sharing books, it is sharing time. I don’t think there’s a more important investment in a child’s future than helping them learn to read. It stimulates their imaginations and opens them to the possibility of thinking beyond their own limitations.


“It was a great pleasure to be with the children during the afternoon.”

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