Reading charity Book Trust has chosen Nosy Crow’s Open Very Carefully, by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley, to send to reception-aged children through this year’s Booktime scheme.
For Booktime, which is now in its 10th year, Book Trust will send packs with the book, as well as a reading guide, to 700,000 children aged 4-5 in England.
Diana Gerald, chief executive of Book Trust, said Open Very Carefully is a “lovely book for families to share and discuss how words and pictures work”.
She added: “The Booktime programme is a fantastic way to support reading in the home and encourages parents and carers to share books with their children. We know that books help open children’s eyes, minds and hearts to different people and situations, and research also proves that children who love reading do better at school in all subjects. Best of all, reading together helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child.”
As well as the Booktime packs going out to reception pupils, 1,500 public libraries acrossEngland will also receive enhanced Booktime library packs to support storytelling sessions and school engagement.
Last year, Book Trust chose Puffin’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd for its Booktime title.