HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright stressed the importance of reading when he joined youngsters during a national campaign.
Mr Wright was at Hartlepool Central Library where he presented children from West View Primary School with treasure bags.
The event was part of National Bookstart week, which encourages people to become interested in books and as theme was heroes this year, the youngsters were also treated to a visit from firefighters and a fire engine from Stranton Fire Station.
Children who have attended Read and Rhyme sessions throughout the week received a free copy of Super Duck by Jez Alborough.
Mr Wright said: “I think giving children at a very early age a love of books will given them something that they will have for the rest of their lives.
“That love of books and the written word is invaluable on so many levels.”
Heather Bellwood, the library’s children and young person’s librarian said: “Bookstart Week is one of our favourite weeks of the year. “The theme is about heroes and the importance of parents reading every day with children.
“It was a really lovely event and the children were beautifully behaved and entranced with everything.”
Storytellor Eileen Glenton also featured in the event.