Jill Murphy, Axel Scheffler and Janet and Allan Ahlberg are amongst the authors and illustrators whose books will be included in Beanstalk's new collection of 40 books for reluctant readers.
The packs will be available to the schools and volunteers involved with Beanstalk and are divided into titles for four age groups: Lower Key Stage 1, including Peace at Last by Jill Murphy (Macmillan Children's Books) and Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle (Nosy Crow); Upper KS1, including Tidy by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots) and Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children's Books); Lower KS2 (Window by Jeannie Baker (Walker Books), Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins Children's Books)); and Upper KS2 (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin), The Tunnel by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)).
The books were chosen by Beanstalk and Marilyn Brocklehurst, founder of The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, and will be sent to schools where the charity supports children in their reading.
Ginny Lunn, c.e.o. of Beanstalk, said: “As part of Beanstalk’s vision to help more children become confident and able readers we need to ensure that our volunteers have immediate access to age-appropriate and expertly chosen books as well as ongoing training and support to use those resources with children in the best possible ways.
“Up to now we have been so fortunate to have fantastic supplies of book boxes for volunteers to use, however, the introduction of Beanstalk’s starter packs will ensure that new volunteers are well equipped and have some brilliant resources to work on engaging the children from the very beginning – while they are still getting to know them. We also hope that by revealing Beanstalk’s ‘Top 40’, it might help anyone looking for inspiration for a child they know - from parents to grandparents, reading helpers to teaching staff.”
The full list of recommended titles is on the charity’s website, which also features tips for helping children to read.