Pyjamarama kicks off a month of storytelling

Storytelling at The Big Malarkey Festival. Photo: Chris Pepper

It’s time to step into a world of stories, characters and imagination this month, beginning with Pyjamarama and culminating with Hull’s children’s literature festival, The Big Malarkey.

National Bookstart Week ran for the final time in 2018 and was replaced by Pyjamarama in 2019. Run by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, the scheme delivers books and resources to 0-five-year-olds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, working closely with libraries, children’s centres and other partners to help transform lives by getting children and families reading. 

This year’s Pyjamarama, which began yesterday (Monday 3 June), is all about the magic of bedtime stories and sharing fantastic books and rhymes. Families are invited to visit their local Hull library and join in a fun-filled week of storytime celebrations, helping to make sure that no child misses out on a bedtime story. 

Every year as part of the scheme, thousands of books are distributed across the country, promoting good early reading habits with parents and young children. To celebrate, an additional book is given out by local libraries. The chosen book for Pyjamarama 2019 is Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt. Nick will be one of the authors appearing at this year’s Big Malarkey Festival.   

Christine Hill, Principal Librarian at Hull Libraries, said: “There’s nothing quite like a bedtime story! Celebrating the ritual of the bedtime story is a great way to incorporate reading into your every day routine. By getting into the habit when children are young, it can help instill a love of reading for both parents and children.

“This week, you’re invited to join us for a fun-filled week of storytime celebrations across Hull’s 11 libraries. Over the course of the week we are holding 18 Pyjamarama-themed events at which every child will receive a free copy of Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt’s book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep, as well as the opportunity to take part in free crafts, rhyme and story sessions. We’re really excited that this year’s book is by Nick Sharatt, who is one of the guests at this year’s Big Malarkey.”

Ellen Bianchini, Director of The Big Malarkey Festival, said: “Pyjamarama is the perfect way to begin a month of storytelling. We can’t wait for the Big Malarkey Festival – final preparations are well and truly underway and it’s great to see tickets being snapped up. 

“It is a perfect fit that this year’s book is by well-known author Nick Sharatt, who we’re delighted to welcome to the Festival. Children will be able to get their free book during Pyjamarama, then take it to the festival for him to sign.” 

Pyjamarama sessions in Hull Libraries:


Hull Central Library

Mondays: Toddlertime 10.00am – 11.00am

Mondays: Baby Bounce 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Wednesdays: Toddlertunes 1.15pm – 2.00pm

Thursdays: Storytime 10.15 – 11.15am


Avenues Library 

Mondays: Baby Bounce 2.00pm – 2.45pm


Bransholme Library

Tuesdays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm


East Park Library

Mondays: Baby Bounce 11.00am – 11.45am

Fridays: Toddlertime 11.00am – 12noon


Fred Moore Library

Wednesdays: Baby Bounce 10.15am – 11.15am


Freedom Centre Library

Tuesdays: Toddlertime 10.00am – 11.00am

Fridays: Baby Bounce 9.30am – 10.15am

Fridays: Toddlertunes 10.30am – 11.15am


Gipsyville Library

Mondays: Toddlertime 10.30am – 11.30am

Fridays: Baby Bounce 10.30am – 11.15am


Greenwood Avenue Library

Wednesdays: Toddlertime 10.00am – 11.15am


Ings Library

Wednesdays: Baby Bounce 9.45am – 10.30am

Wednesdays: Toddlertunes 10.45am – 11.30am


Western Library

Thursdays: Toddlertime 1.15pm – 2.15pm


The Big Malarkey Festival runs from 25-30 June in East Park, Hull. 

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at or from Hull’s libraries. Adult tickets are priced at £5 per day, children’s tickets are £2.50 and under ones go free.

For further information visit 

[Laura Andrew – Home PR]