Channel 5’s Milkshake! team is celebrating World Book Day by reading 10 picture books after striking a partnership with BookTrust.
The team behind Milkshake!, a pre-school series of programmes, has already uploaded a video of presenter Jen Pringle reading Me and My Cat? by Satoshi Kitamura (Andersen Press) to its YouTube channel. It will load new videos this week and on World Book Day (1st March), the channel will read a book on Facebook Live at 6pm as a bedtime story.
The 10 titles will also be given away in a competition hosted on Milkshake! from 17-30th March.
BookTrust c.e.o. Diana Gerald said she was “delighted” to be partnering with Channel 5. “We know that children who read for pleasure often perform better educationally whilst also being happier and healthier. We hope families across the country enjoy these story time videos and feel inspired to snuggle down with their little ones and get lost in a story.”
The full list of books that will be read comprises of Oi Frog! By Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Book), Kipper’s Little Friends by Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books), There’s a Bear in my Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow), The Cow Who Fell to Earth by Nadia Shireen (Penguin Random House Children’s), Max at Night by Ed Vere (Puffin), Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt (Corgi Children’s), Almost Anything by Sophy Henn (Puffin), Me and My Cat by Satoshi Kitamura (Andersen Press), The Bad Bunnies' Magic Show by Mini Grey (Simon & Schuster Children's), and Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children's).
In other World Book Day news, one of London’s river bus services will host children’s storytime sessions throughout March.
MBNA Thames Clippers has created a programme called ‘Tales on the Thames’ which will feature Walker Books titles such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. The books will read to children on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March on the RB2 westbound service departing London Bridge City Pier at 10.15am.