Friday, May 27, 2011


Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are launching the second of their Children's Book Clubs exclusively with WHSmith, it was announced today (THURS).

The Children's Book Club is once again made up of three categories with six book titles in each: Read Together, Read Yourself and Fluent Reader, and aims to help parents choose great books which children will love.

The Children's Book Club works alongside Booktrust, an independent charity which aims to encourage people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.

Richard said: “The release of these new titles is timed for the half term break - the perfect opportunity for parents and children to plan their summer reading.”

Rachel Russell, WHSmith Books Business Unit Director said: “The Book Clubs have been a huge success and it's great to be able to build on the successes of the first club and give children their second taste of reading and sharing opinions with friends.”

Viv Bird, Booktrust Chief Executive, said: “The range of books on offer for children can be daunting. Helping parents and carers to choose the right reads for their children – books that will entertain, engage and thrill – is a key part of what Booktrust does, and that’s why we are so happy that The Children’s Book Club is back with another great list of titles.”

Judy said: “Engaging in books at an early age is fundamental and we hope that these titles engage younger readers so they continue to enjoy reading for years to come.”

The Richard and Judy Children's Book Club titles are available in WHSmith stores across the country from 26th May on a 3 for 2 promotion on all Children’s Book Club books.

The Richard and Judy Book Club has experienced an overwhelming response from readers since it launched in Autumn 2010. Nearly 2 millions books have been sold since then, propelling debut authors to top sellers.

The below is the full list of titles.

Humphrey's Tiny Tales: My Pet Show Panic, Betty G. Birney
Captain Pugwash and the Mutiny, John Ryan
Fairy Bears: Tales from the Crystal Caves, Julie Sykes
Disney Princess Chapter Book: Ariel: The Birthday Surprise
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That: Show me the Honey, Tish Rabe
The Guard Dog, Dick King-Smith

Alana Dancing Star: Viennese Waltz, Arlene Phillips
Arabel's Raven, Joan Aiken illustrated by Quentin Blake
SWITCH: Spider Stampede, Ali Sparkes
Astrosaurs: Riddle of the Raptors, Steve Cole
Judy Moody Predicts the Future, Megan McDonald
No. 1 Car Spotter, Atinuke

Spies, Dad, Big Lauren & Me, Joanna Nadin
There's A Hamster in my Pocket!, Franzeska G. Ewart
Monster Swap: Robbie and Voxy, Jonny Zucker
Cosmic, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Pippi Longstocking: The Best Of, Astrid Lindgren
Milo and the Restart Button, Alan Silberberg

Booktrust is an independent charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books. The written word underpins all of Booktrust’s activity and helps them to fulfil their vision of inspiring a lifelong love of books for all.

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