A SPECIAL visitor is to go on tour around the district this month.

Young children and their families will be able to meet Bookstart Bear at the Oastler Centre, Bradford, this Friday (December 7) from 10am onwards. Library staff will deliver a winter story and there will be a special tree to decorate.

The bear will also be at Ilkley Library on Saturday, December 8 at 11am.

The Bookstart programme, run by Booktrust, Britain’s largest reading charity, supports parents and carers to enjoy books with their child from as early as possible with the gift of free books to children in the first year of their life and again when they are three to four-years-old.

For more information about the initiative, visit www.booktrust.org.uk