Kids' book focus for 'Richard & Judy'

<p>Daytime TV duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are planning a one-off children&#39;s book show, as part of a new Channel 4 literacy season this autumn. &quot;Richard &amp; Judy&#39;s Best Kids&#39; Books Ever&quot; will be an hour-long, peak-time special featuring top children&#39;s authors, aimed at encouraging children to read.</p><p>The programme forms part of a Channel 4 season on the state of Britain&#39;s literacy that will run at the end of October. The week-long season will also include &quot;Can&#39;t Read, Can&#39;t Write&quot;, a series that follows a headmistress&#39; mission to wipe out illiteracy in her primary school with the help of literacy expert Ruth Miskin and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and a &quot;Dispatches&quot; investigation in which Channel 4 News&#39; chief correspondent Alex Thompson investigates standards of children&#39;s literacy in Britain and the wider social impact of poor literacy rates.</p><p>Also lined up for autumn to celebrate Channel 4&#39;s 25th anniversary are &quot;Boy A&quot;, based on Jonathan Trigell&#39;s novel (Serpent&#39;s Tail); &quot;Ponderland&quot;, Russell Brand&#39;s first solo series; and &quot;This is Civilisation&quot;, inspired by the late Kenneth Clarke&#39;s arts series.</p><p>Meanwhile, Richard and Judy announced <em>The House at Riverton</em> as this year&#39;s Summer Read favourite, as voted for by viewers, on air on Wednesday.</p>