WHS gears up for kids' summer giveaway

<p>Over 6,000 children&#39;s books will be given away in the W H Smith Trust Summer Read and ten books have been highlighted as titles that will get children reading for fun this summer.<br /><br />The event, now in its fifth year, targets five-14-year-olds in areas of disadvantage, giving children who may have no books at home the opportunity to choose and keep two free titles.<br /><br />Among a wide range of books on offer at the event, the 10 most popular (see below for the full list) were chosen by play schemes and libraries and include Francesca Simon&#39;s <em>Horrid Henry and the Secret Club</em> (Orion) and Jacqueline Wilson&#39;s <em>My Sister Jodie</em> (Corgi).<br /><br />A day of storytelling, fancy dress and arts and crafts will be held in 17 different locations, with a library, play scheme and W H Smith store working together in each case.<br /><br />Children&#39;s Laureate Anthony Browne commented: &quot;If children are not encouraged to read for pure pleasure, we are in danger of creating a generation of non-readers.&quot;<br /><br />He added: &quot;Summer is a perfect time for children to enjoy reading for pleasure&mdash;books are easily squeezed into a picnic basket or beach bag, and children have hours on end to dream and share stories.&quot;<br /><br />Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, which organises the initiative, said the summer timing was crucial because it is a period &quot;when children&#39;s reading habits can drop off.&quot;<br /><br />W H Smith group chief executive Kate Swann said the project plays &quot;a key role in providing sustainable educational opportunities for young people and is a natural fit with our commitment towards education and lifelong learning&quot;.<br /><br />The 10 selected titles:<br /><em>Horrid Henry and the Secret Club</em> by Francesca Simon (Orion)<br /><em>My Sister Jodie</em> by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)<br /><em>You&#39;re a Bad Man, Mr Gum</em> by Andy Stanton (Egmont)<br /><em>Top Trumps: Ultimate Cars 2</em> by Richard Dredge (Haynes)<br /><em>Where&#39;s Wally? The Fantastic Journey</em> by Martin Handford (Walker)<br /><em>Goosebumps: Terror Trips</em> by R L Stine (Scholastic)<br /><em>You Choose</em> by Pippa Goodhart &amp; Nick Sharratt (Corgi)<br /><em>Aliens Love Underpants</em> by Claire Freedman (Simon &amp; Schuster Children&#39;s)<br /><em>Coraline</em> by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)<br /><em>Laugh Out Loud: Funny Poems</em> by Fiona Waters&nbsp; (Macmillan Children&#39;s Books)</p>