FAamilies are invited to celebrate National Bookstart Week by taking part in several events across the county this week.

The week, organised by the national charity Booktrust, aims to help children develop a lifelong love of reading by giving out free books to those who take part.

Children will receive a special version of Harper Collins’ Super Duck, by popular children’s author Jez Alborough.

Events include baby time at Devizes Library rhymes, songs, stories and sing and sign sessions on today from 10am to 12pm.

Tomorrow from 9.45am to 11.45pm, families can take part in a hero rhyme time at Calne Library when they will meet Bookstart Bear and guest from the local police.

Viv Bird, chief executive of Booktrust, said: “All the research shows that reading together strengthens family bonds and helps children do better at school, whatever the family’s background.”

Details at bookstart.org.uk