Education & Family

Richard and Judy launch book club for children

Richard and Judy
Image caption Cartoon stickers which will be put on book choices are aimed at younger readers

Celebrities Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are launching a book club aimed specifically at children.

The club is made up of three categories - Reading together, Reading by yourself and Fluent reader - with six book titles in each.

Choices include Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo, Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend by Francesca Simon and The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford.

The aim is to help parents choose "great books which children will love".

The Children's Book Club is being launched with WH Smith and is supported by the Booktrust charity.

It follows the success of the Richard and Judy Book Club for adults, which launched in 2010.

Richard and Judy have been credited with boosting book sales and reading for pleasure through this initiative and earlier, by recommending books on their television programme.

'Exciting addition'

Mr Madeley said: "The cartoons are great fun and really make clear that these choices are aimed at a younger audience.

"We hope that parents who take pleasure in and love the book club will enjoy choosing our selection for their children too."

Ms Finnigan added: "Reading from an early age is something that we always encouraged with our own children and we feel very strongly that this addition to the book club is an important and exciting one.

"Getting children to engage with their favourite books and share their thoughts with friends is a great way to enjoy books and we hope that we can help give parents the suggestions they need to get the most out of the amazing stories that are out there."

Booktrust chief executive, Viv Bird, said: "The launch of the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club will raise confidence around sharing books at home and help to guide parents and carers in choosing the right books with, and for, their children."

Richard and Judy teamed up with WH Smith to launch their adult club last autumn, and their first choice, Sister by Rosamund Lupton, became the retailer's fastest-selling title by a debut author.

They had previously helped numerous writers to success by tipping their works during the television version of the club. It became a springboard to huge sales.

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