Book Trust reveals snappy title for their primary school reading programme

Book Trust reveals snappy title for their primary school reading programme 700,000 pupils to receive free Booktime pack Britain’s largest reading charity, Book Trust has announced Nicola O’Byrne’s debut picture book, Open Very Carefully as their chosen book to give to reception-aged children in England.

The Nosy Crow title, which won the picture book category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014, offers children a fun, interactive experience about a grumpy crocodile which has ended up in the wrong book. He proceeds to eat his way out as he tries to escape a storybook that is all wrong for him but hilarious fun for the reader.

There will be 700,000 books gifted through the Booktime scheme - which celebrates its tenth anniversary - with children aged 4 - 5 years in England receiving a free copy of Open Very Carefully to share and enjoy with their family and friends.

The Booktime pack also provides guidance for parents on reading with their child at an important transition stage in their learning and development.

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of Book Trust, said: ‘Open Very Carefully is a lovely book for families to share and discus show words and pictures work and we are delighted to include it in this year’s Booktime pack.

‘The Booktime programme is a fantastic way to support reading in the home and encourages parents and carers to share books with their children. We know that books help open children’s eyes, minds and hearts to different people and situations, and research also proves that children who love reading do better at school in all subjects. Best of all, reading together helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child.’

Open Very Carefully is the first of two books Nicola O’Byrne has published with Nosy Crow.

Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, said: ‘Both Nicky O’Byrne and Nosy Crow are delighted that Open Very Carefully has been selected for the Booktime programme. With its invitation to interactivity, its humour and its stylish but accessible illustration, Open Very Carefully seems to have really wide appeal: not only has it been hugely popular in the UK, but it’s available in 13 languages, which is remarkable for a debut picture book.’

As well as the Booktime packs going out to reception pupils, 1,500 public libraries across England will also receive enhanced Booktime library packs to support storytelling sessions and school engagement. The Booktime programme is then further supported by a range of resources and games for parents, children, teachers and librarians at

All Reception class children in England are due to receive their free book by December.

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