POOLE libraries are celebrating National Bookstart week with some superhero themed rhymes and story times.

This month national charity Booktrust is calling for all parents and carers from Poole to don their superhero masks, reveal their secret powers and go to their local library with their children.

Families can join in the fun by attending one of 4,000-plus events in libraries, nurseries, children’s centres and bookshops.

A special version of Harper Collins’ Super Duck, by popular children’s author Jez Alborough, will be a free gift for children who take part.

National Bookstart Week runs until Sunday and promotes the National Bookstart scheme which aims to inspire a lifelong love of books and reading.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure and culture, Borough of Poole, said: “It is hugely important for children to enjoy books as reading helps develop concentration and focus as well as their imagination.

“It opens up a world of different stories and characters to them to explore.

“National Bookstart Week is a great way for children to discover the wonderful world of superheroes. Why not visit one of Poole's libraries and read a book with your child, one of the most pleasurable activities you can share?”

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.

“You don’t have to be a great reader yourself to share a story with your children – often you just need to let the pictures carry you along.”

Rhyme time events and story times happen all through the year in Poole Libraries. Sessions are free and there’s no need to book.

Visit your local library or boroughofpoole.com/libraries for more information.