Amazon UK and US will today (28th October) launch Bookaboo as its new original kids series on Prime Video.
The series was created by Lucy Goodman, founder of Happy Films, and produced by Happy Films and Sinking Ship Entertainment. It was previously broadcast on ITV in 2013.
The new series features celebrity guests such as Paula Abdul, Rachelle Lefevre, Molly Parker, Selma Blair and Michael Sheen sharing picture books with ‘Bookaboo’, a puppy character who needs to be read a book every day.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring Bookaboo and its important message to families all across the country,” said Goodman. “With only half as many parents reading to their kids as there were a generation ago, the time to make a difference is now. Every child should have the opportunity to share great books with someone they love.”
Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios, added: “Bookaboo is an exciting show developed to promote literacy by inspiring parents to read to and with their children and help instill a lifelong love of reading,” said. “Each episode incorporates funny storytelling and great books, specifically chosen to capture young viewers’ attention and imagination.”
The Bookaboo season is available for Amazon Prime members to stream for free.
The books selected so far for this series are:
InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus and Dusan Petricic (no UK publisher, published by Tundra Books in Canada)
Sir Lilypad by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith (Scholastic)
Warduff and the Pelican Pirates by Mat Head (Andersen Press)
Baxter’s Book by Hrefna Bragadottir (Nosy Crow)
Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster)
I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt (no UK publisher, published by DoubleDay in Canada)
Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp and Lincoln Agnew (no UK publisher, published by HarperCollins in Canada)
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and The Fan Brothers (Eric & Terry Fan) (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Silly Billy by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (Andersen Press)
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender (no UK publisher, published by Dancing Cat in North America)
Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights by Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow)
Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper (no UK publisher, published by Two Lions Publishing in North America)
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Biles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (Orchard)