Books About Town benches celebrate top kids' authors
Top children's authors like Jacqueline Wilson and illustrators like Axel Sheffler are being celebrated with colourful book benches popping up all over London.
It’s a big project called Books About Town by the National Literacy Trust. This one is from How To Train Your Dragon, the book that inspired the films and was designed by the author, Cressida Cowell.
Top children's authors like Jacqueline Wilson - and illustrators like Nick Sharratt - are being celebrated with colourful book benches popping up all over London.
The project launched today (2 July) and runs until mid-September. Books old and new are being celebrated, like this bench which features the classic character Paddington Bear.
Here's famous rhymester Dr Seuss, who brought us classics like The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch.
A survey of about 30,000 eight- to 16-year-olds suggested that 53.3% of them enjoyed reading either "very much" or "quite a lot". This bench celebrates another classic - CS Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, opener of the Narnia series.
In October, the benches will be auctioned to raise money to help poorer kids in deprived parts of the UK to learn how to read and write. This is Clarice Bean, by Lauren Child who is also behind the Charlie and Lola series.
Here's Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler's bench - how many of their books can you spot? The National Literacy Trust also announced research that suggests kids are enjoying reading more.
In total there are 50 benches all across London, on four different trails, celebrating kids' books but also more grown-up fiction. This one showcases Noughts and Crosses, the series of novels by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.
This bench, created by artist Mike Snowden is inspired by the graphic novel version of the first book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.