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Charity releases great books guide for children

PUBLISHED: 09:03 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 December 2017

Reading champions at Mendip Green Primary School with some of their favourite books.

Reading champions at Mendip Green Primary School with some of their favourite books.


Parents looking for Christmas gifts for their children can check BookTrust’s great books guide to find presents to go under the tree this year.

Books for Schools campaign. Books for Schools campaign.

The literacy charity has launched a list of recommended reads for children aged 0 to 12-plus.

BookTrust’s guide highlights some of the brilliant books that have been published in the past year, which will help young readers to find books which inspire and excite them.

The guide has been compiled to celebrate Children’s Book Week and includes funny, sad, informative, scary and silly books.

Diana Gerald, chief executive of BookTrust said: “BookTrust’s aim with Children’s Book Week is simple – to help children love books and stories.

Portishead author Huw Powell with his latest book. Picture: Jeremy Long. Portishead author Huw Powell with his latest book. Picture: Jeremy Long.

“We believe that the right book is always the book that a child actually wants to read, and we hope that within the pages of our guide you’ll find the ‘right’ book for lots of children in your school.”

Booktrust is backing the Weston Mercury’s Books For Schools campaign to donate more books to primary schools.

Evidence shows children who enjoy reading have better life chances. Reading enjoyment also helps to build confidence, wellbeing, development and social skills.

The charity has also offered some handy tips and advice for families to have fun sharing stories, which include reading out loud to each other from a special book, choosing books which suit a child’s interests and watching TV or film adaptations to fuel interest in the stories.

The great book guide can be found at

BookTrust has donated some top titles to the Mercury to support the Books For Schools campaign.

A number of local authors including Huw Powell who wrote the popular Spacejackers series, and Geoffrey Pearce from Yatton, have donated copies of their books to the appeal.

Community groups have also donated vouchers which will be giving out to primary schools.

The Mercury would like to thank all our generous readers who have donated to the campaign already. We are still appealing for more books and vouchers so we can help as many schools as possible. Donations can be taken to the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

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