SOUTHEND libraries attracted more than 120 families during National Bookstart Week.

Youngsters around the town were inspired with the superhero theme.

Spokeswoman, Katharine Pond, said: “It went very well and we have had lots of sessions in branches. One little girl at Westcliff Library dressed as her dad.

“It was all about raising awareness and sharing books with young children, especially at now when technology is such a big think in our lives.”

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Bookstart, the flagship reading programme organised by national charity, Booktrust.

Bookstart aims to help every children develop a lifelong love of reading that will give them a flying start in life.

Viv Bird, chief executive of Booktrust, said: “You don’t have to be a great reader yourself to share a story with your children.

“Often you just need to let the pictures carry you both along.”