BookTrust has chosen Little Monkey by author and illustrator Marta Altés (Macmillan Children’s Books) for this year’s Time to Read campaign.
This September the charity will give away 700,000 free copies of the book to every reception age child. The book will be delivered inside a special Time to Read pack, with information for families about the importance of shared reading, alongside practical tips and advice to help them bring the story to life at home.
BookTrust chief executive Diana Gerald said: “Children are more likely to read if they’re having fun with stories and we couldn’t think of a more colourful, enjoyable and entertaining book. At BookTrust we want to ensure all children have access to books and enjoy the adventure and escapism that comes with getting lost in a good book. Little Monkey is beautifully illustrated and brilliant to read aloud.”
A BookTrust panel of experts chose Little Monkey because it shows that no matter how small you are, or how big the world seems, you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it, she added.
The Time to Read campaign is now in its third year.