Yay – it’s official!
Mr Big by Ed Vere is this year’s chosen book for Booktime! Hurrah – I’ve been holding that in for a fair few months now. Booktime is a UK community programme, established by Pearson in association with Booktrust and supported by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) – phew.
Basically, every reception aged child (4-5) in England will receive a FREE book pack when they start school. This year, inside will be a copy of Mr Big by Ed Vere and The Booktime Book of Fantastic First Poems (an abridged version of The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems). The aim is to encourage shared reading and the enjoyment of books. Pretty simple really!
I’ve worked on Booktime for the last few years doing lots of great things to increase children’s enjoyment of their books. From activities for schools and libraries through to PR events – take a look on my website for more. It is a great scheme to be involved with – the kind of work that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling!
This year I have helped to coordinate the production of the tailored Mr Big activities that Booktime will be giving out to all schools and libraries, as well as a few other bits that I’ve managed to fit around Milo’s routine! There is going to be so much great stuff going on this year for Mr Big and Booktime that I think all the children receiving a copy will have a lot of fun!
All I can say about this year’s book is that if you haven’t read it, do so! The illustrations are fantastic – bright, colourful and quirky and the story is really warming. Milo has already had a chew on our copy!