Mr Big deal for Booktrust

<p><em>Mr Big</em> by Ed Vere (Puffin) has been chosen for this year&rsquo;s Booktime programme, organised by independent reading charity Booktrust, which distributes 1.4m free books to all four and five-year-olds in England.<br /><br />All Booktime packs will also contain a special abridged version of <em>The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems</em> and guidance for parents and carers to encourage sharing books with children. Primary schools and libraries will give out the book packs and receive a pack of free resources. </p><p>Booktime will also be supported by a range of interactive games, films and downloads on the website: www.booktime.org.uk<br /><br />Vere said: &quot;It&#39;s truly exciting to be working with Booktime to help get picture books into as many young hands as possible and to encourage a love of reading from an early age.&quot;</p>