Have you heard of the hide and seek book craze?
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:13 29 August 2019
A new craze has swept Suffolk over the past few weeks as families hide story books for other children to find.
One mum from Stowmarket decided to start hiding books in the town after reading about the idea on a national Facebook page.
Christine Kirby, 38, says she didn't expect the '#hideandseekinStowmarket' Facebook group to go as 'bonkers' as it has adding: "It is about sharing the love of books."
Having recently moved to Stowmarket, Mrs Kirby, who is a mum to two-year-old Arthur, says setting up the group has made her feel welcomed by the community.
Describing the idea as "budget conscious and educational," she added: "Reading is so important for children and it is fun as well - getting outside and hiding books is a great way to break up the day and can make a trip to the park a little bit different."
Little Thomas Anderson has already started hunting for books even though he is just 21 months old - he has already spotted two.
His mum Jo Anderson said: "We love finding books whilst out on our adventures around the town. "Thomas gets very excited when he spots one and really enjoys sitting and having story time.
"I have to go and re-hide the books during nap time because he loves them so much."
Meanwhile, mum-of-two Catherine Matter, said: "Books are such a brilliant way for families to bond and kids love a treasure hunt. "We were lucky enough to find one at Needham Lakes - which we're still reading and looking forward to re hiding once it's finished."
Another mum, Jessie Lankester said: "It's a lovely thing that Christine has started, my three-year-old son Billy found a story the other week in Stowmarket when he was visiting his grandparents.
"Me and my son read every night at bedtime so he loves his stories and was very happy to find one."
How to get involved in hide and seek books
With not long left until children head back to school hide and seek books is an inexpensive way of keeping children entertained for the last few days of the summer holidays.
You can do this by hiding books you no longer need at local parks or soft play centres or encouraging your children to get outdoors and find some books.
Those taking part are being asked to hide books in resealable plastic bags which can then be reused. Ideally they should be hidden off the floor.
It is hoped the group and those like it, will continue to be popular after the summer holidays and more adults and teenagers will get involved.
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