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Reading to Bump

We welcome all new and expectant parents, babies and pre-school children to join us at our fortnightly Reading to Bump sessions.

Sessions start at 10am and finish at 11.30am, and are held in the Parent Education Room, Antenatal Clinic, Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Dates for Reading to Bump Sessions:

  • Friday 11th January
  • Friday 25th January
  • Friday 8th February
  • Friday 8th March
  • Friday 22nd March
  • Friday 5th April
  • Friday 3rd May
  • Friday 17th May

What are the benefits of Reading to Bump:

  • Meet other families
  • Learn about the importance and benefits of communicating with your child during pregnancy and beyond through reading
  • Help your child develop a love for reading
  • Help improve your child’s reading age/ability
  • Reading develops a good range of vocabulary from a young age
  • Bond and nurture through reading
  • It’s a family affair, grandparents, siblings can join in, it doesn’t just have to be mum and dad!

We have a selection of books and reading material available to use or you can bring your own. Register your newborn baby for their first Library Card and qualifying families will each receive a BookStart Pack.

Light refreshments will be provided and there is a small craft area and story time for pre-school children.

There is no need to book, just turn up.

Click on the following links to learn more about the benefits of reading from a young age:

  • Liverpool Library Services

    At our Reading to Bump session you can register your newborn baby for ‘Babies first library card’.  You can also register yourself for a library card, you just need to bring proof of your name and address to join.

    When you join Liverpool libraries, you can:

    • Reserve and renew items online.    
    • Use Read Liverpool and download free ebooks, magazines, audiobooks, and access a host of reference resources.
    • Access computers and the internet. All our libraries have computers with free internet access,Microsoft Office software and free WiFi.    
    • Learn in libraries and do online training courses at your local library.
    • Borrow items from any Liverpool library

    Visit the Liverpool’s Library Services website for further details.

  • Bookstart

    Qualifying families attending Reading to Bump will each receive a FREE Bookstart pack!

    What is Bookstart?

    Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme – established in 1992 and run by the reading charity BookTrust.

    Bookstart provides free resources to every local authority in England and Wales, who then work across public services to meet local needs. Resources are delivered in person to families by health, library and early years professionals, and practitioners who support parents and carers, ensuring that every child receives their Bookstart packs.

    Bookstart gifts free books to all children at two key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading.

    Visit the Book Trust website for information on the Bookstart programme.

If you require assistance or would like more information on our Reading to Bump service please contact:

Gina Barr, Voluntary Services Manager: 0151 702 4368 email