Carmarthenshire's No1 rhymes

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Mi welais Jac y Do are the most popular nursery rhymes in Carmarthenshire.
Young children across the county picked their favourite rhymes through a Bookstart competition organised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s libraries.
Eight young winners have now been presented with their prizes of £25 book vouchers each at the libraries in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford.
The competition was run by Carmarthenshire’s Library Service to celebrate the 10 years of Bookstart.
Entrants had to choose their favourite nursery rhyme – either traditional or new and either Welsh or English.
Top of the English nursery rhymes were Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, followed by Wheels on the Bus then Humpty Dumpty.
Mi welais Jac y Do topped the Welsh poll, with Mynd ar y Ceffyl, Heno Heno and Gee Ceffyl Bach all tying for second place.
A total of 25 nursery rhymes were voted for in English, and 11 in Welsh.
Education executive board member Cllr Gwynne Wooldridge said: “We received a high number of entries for the competition from children across Carmarthenshire.
“Singing rhymes with young children helps them learn new language skills and the patterns of rhyming which all helps with their development.
“The competition has also helped to promote Bookstart and reading, and encourage more parents to bring their children into our libraries.”
Bookstart is a partnership between libraries, health and education, is delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council, the Hywel Dda NHS Trust and other local partners and funded by the Welsh Assembly.
It introduces babies and young children to books, and the scheme has been hugely successful in Carmarthenshire reaching almost every child.
Packs are handed out through public libraries and by health visitors with the aim of promoting books and reading as fun.
It is about listening to stories, talking about the pictures, learning how to turn the pages, and quality time spent between parent or carer and child.
Although Bookstart is about pleasure, not learning to read, it has been proven to have a positive effect on early literacy and on parental attitudes.


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