Reading charity Book Trust has created an online advent calendar of books that children “would love to find under the tree”, featuring titles by authors such as J K Rowling, Matt Haig and Chris Riddell. Each day leading up to Christmas Day, a picture of a specially selected book will appear behind a calendar window, along with the reasons it was chosen.
The new edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with illustrations by Jim Kay (Bloomsbury), is one of the book featured, as is Matt Haig’s Christmas novel A Boy Called Christmas. Chris Riddell’s Doodle-a-Day diary, which encourages children to draw and sketch their own images, is another suggestion, as are titles by William Grill, the winner of the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway medal, and Katherine Rundell.
Book Trust chief executive Diana Gerald said: “This is good festive fun with a serious edge to it, we know that developing a love of reading brings enormous benefits and is linked to children doing very well at school and living balanced lives.”
Last year’s calendar was created to raise money for Book Trust but Gerald said this year’s version was created as part of a messaging campaign. “We want families to read more – we know that children who love reading do better at school and are happier, more secure and more confident.”
The 2015 calendar goes live on December 1st on the Book Trust website.