Youngsters can enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities and events throughout February as part of the Year of Reading. The campaign has been organised by Peterborough City Council, the National Literacy Trust, Vivacity and City College Peterborough to get children interested in books and more parents reading to their children from a young age. The scheme kicked off back in June last year has already been a real success story with dozens of activities enjoyed by hundreds of children as well as parents, school teachers and staff. Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for children's services, education, skills and university for Peterborough City Council, said: "Reading is one of the most important skills for a child to learn and will dictate how well they achieve throughout their education. “The Year of Reading events are making a positive difference and there is still much more to come, so I would urge everyone to get involved.”

This month sees more exciting events taking place, starting with pre-schools and nurseries across the city being visited by Vivacity’s Book Bus.

The Book Bus offers introductory sessions about the city’s library service, inspiring young people to read outside school, along with the opportunity to join the library and borrow books

Barnardo’s Children's Centres are holding a number of events aimed at helping babies and young children to develop early sensory skills.

Their Little Treasures group provides an opportunity for parents to help children use their early senses to explore and develop their social skills in a relaxed and calm environment.  

Barnardo’s are also holding regular Peep events, offering an effective way of helping parents improve their children’s life chances by making the most of everyday learning opportunities such as listening, talking, playing, singing, sharing books and stories together.

Find out more information about both these events.

Meanwhile, the National Literacy Trust is holding a Small Talk event at Serpentine Green shopping centre on Thursday 13 February from 10am until 3pm.

Small Talk sessions are fun, activity-filled events for parents of children aged 0 to five. Parents can come along and learn about how best to support their child’s learning from home, as well as taking part in some fun, educational activities.

Families can enjoy a free interactive exhibition taking place at Peterborough Museum until 29 March.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a wonderfully bright and colourful touring exhibition all about artist Nick Sharratt and his illustrations. 

There's lots to look at, from drawings he did as a boy and student to original picture book artwork. There are sections on how picture books are made, lots of activities,  including dressing up, creating your own 'Sharracter' and working in his studio.

For more information about the exhibition visit Vivacity.