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Duchess of Cornwall impresses parents and pupils on visit to Islington Central Library

PUBLISHED: 13:07 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 February 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall sang nursery rhymes in Islington Central Library with Laura Walden and daughter Ella Mae. Picture: Steve Poston

The Duchess of Cornwall sang nursery rhymes in Islington Central Library with Laura Walden and daughter Ella Mae. Picture: Steve Poston

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Youngsters were inspired to start reading by an extra special guest in Islington Central Library today.

The Duchess of Cornwall gave free books to nursery pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School, in Holloway, during her visit to Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve PostonThe Duchess of Cornwall gave free books to nursery pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School, in Holloway, during her visit to Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve Poston

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the library, off Holloway Road, to give an exclusive first reading of a new book and meet pupils.

The rhyming-friendly book, Bear’s Reading Adventure, has been released by the Book Trust charity to encourage reading from an early age.

Camilla read it aloud to nursery pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School, in Georges Road, Holloway.

The Duchess of Cornwall puts a comforting arm around the shoulder of a nursery pupil from Sacred Heart Primary School. Picture: Steve PostonThe Duchess of Cornwall puts a comforting arm around the shoulder of a nursery pupil from Sacred Heart Primary School. Picture: Steve Poston

After each pupil listened intently, they were rewarded with stickers and free copies of the book.

As the class posed for photos, one boy burst into tears, prompting the Duchess to place a comforting arm around his shoulders.

Camilla, known for campaigning about the importance of reading from a young age, then met Year 3 and 4 pupils from Laycock Primary School, in Laycock Street, Barnsbury, and Year 5s from Pakeman Primary School, in Hornsey Road, Holloway.

The Duchess of Cornwall chats to a Laycock Primary School pupil during her visit to Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve PostonThe Duchess of Cornwall chats to a Laycock Primary School pupil during her visit to Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve Poston

She heard about their “Chatterbooks” reading clubs, and Sue Davies, head of year at Pakeman, said: “She was very knowledgable, and genuinely interested in the books the children were reading.

“I think they really enjoyed meeting her.”

Before leaving, Camilla joined Islington’s Baby Bounce club to sing nursery rhymes including One, Two, Three, Four, Five.

Pakeman Primary School pupils talk to the Duchess of Cornwall in Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve PostonPakeman Primary School pupils talk to the Duchess of Cornwall in Islington Central Library. Picture: Steve Poston

The club aims to introduce toddlers to learning, and meets every Wednesday and Thursday.

Highbury mum Sylvia Pereira, 34, who sat next to the Duchess with one-year-old son Liam, said: “It’s really good that she supported us. And it was a really interesting visitor!”

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