From September, 1.4 million free books will be given out to all 4-5 year olds in England.
Booktime will this year give each child a copy of “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth (Puffin), by Eric Carle. Each story book is a gift from Pearson.
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth is a wonderful philosophical statement in favour of slowness from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Booktime programme is managed by independent reading charity Booktrust in association with Pearson, the world’s leading publisher and education technology company. Delivery of the Booktime programme is funded by the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families).
Booktime book packs will also contain a special abridged edition of Why is the Sky Blue? (Ladybird), compiled and written by Geraldine Taylor and illustrated by Amy Schimler. Why is the Sky Blue? is a novelty book of real questions that children ask about the world around them.
Both the gift books in the Booktime book pack encourage children to explore and discover their environment and the wider world.
Book packs also contain guidance for parents and carers to encourage sharing books with children. Primary schools and participating libraries will give out the book packs and receive a pack of free resources. Booktime will be supported by a range of interactive games, films and downloads on the website: www.booktime.org.uk
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