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'Bookaboo' to return this weekend

ITV1 children's book series "Bookaboo" is returning to the small screen this weekend, with four books each from Random House Children's Publishing and Simon & Schuster Children's Books among the line-up.

The new series begins on Saturday (23rd February) with a simultaneous launch on ITV1 and the CITV Channel at 7.25 a.m. Episode two will follow on Sunday morning on both channels again at 7.25 a.m.

The first celebrity guest to join the Rock Puppy and select a picture book to read will be actor Jason Priestley. Aimed at 3-6 year olds, the third series is a co-production between Bookaboo creator Lucy Goodman's Happy Films and Canada's Cite Amerique. It will also air on CBC Canada. Sixteen titles are from UK publishers, with the remaining 12 books from Canadian publishers.

The books selected so far for the first block of 14 episodes of the series are:

Warduff and the Corncob Caper by Mat Head (Andersen Press)

The Great Snortle Hunt by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley (Simon & Schuster)

Walter and the No Need to Worry Suit by Rachel Bright (HarperCollins)

Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice by Christopher Wormell (Random House, Jonathan Cape

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)

Ping and Pong are Best Friends...Mostly by Tim Hopgood (Simon & Schuster)

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen (Random House)

Drumheller Dinosaur by Robert Heidbreder, Bill Salvin and Esperance Melo (Kids Can Press)

Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster)

The Great Sheep Shenanigans by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka (Andersen Press)

Leave Me Alone by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish (Hachette)