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Leading drag queen reads to children at Islington library

"It’s nice for the kids to meet other kids, and to sing songs"

14 December, 2018 — By Joshua Stein

ISLINGTON’S leading drag queen delighted children by singing songs and reading stories on Tuesday, writes Joshua Stein.

Cookie MonStar sang the classic “The Wheels on the Bus” at Central Library in Highbury.

The drag star, who performs across London, said that children should be taught about equality from a young age: “Kids don’t have an agenda. They enjoy it as long as it’s fun.”

Dad Steffen Hippler, who was at the library for the first time with wife Evira and Sophia, 27 months, said: “You want [your children] to be more active, to use their imagination and to read as early as possible.

“It’s nice for the kids to meet other kids, and to sing songs.”

The library has doubled the number of sessions open to under-fives and babies after demand increased.

“It’s all a word-of-mouth thing,” children’s library services manager Geoff James said.

“People tell friends about the library and so more people end up coming.”

Cookie MonStar will be at Finsbury Library for another session on Tuesday.

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