Charity launches great book guide to help children find inspiring reads

Books for Schools campaign.

Books for Schools campaign. - Credit: Archant

A literacy charity has launched a good book guide to help children discover exciting new reads.

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

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

BookTrust has launched a list of fun and inspiring books which have been published this year, to help young readers to find books which interest them.

The guide has been compiled to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Talking about the list, a charity spokesman said: “Here are 60 books from the last year that we think are great – and so will children.

“These are not the ‘best-ever’ books or a list of must-reads. We don’t believe in those.

“Instead, they are books to engage and excite children all the way up to age 11. They’re funny, sad, informative, scary and silly – and everything inbetween.”

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

“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 Times’s Books For Schools campaign to donate more books to primary schools.

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Evidence shows children who enjoy reading have better life chances and it can also improve their wellbeing and social interaction.

The charity also offered some handy tips 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.

The great book guide can be found at has donated some top titles to the Times to support the Books For Schools campaign and local authors Huw Powell, who wrote the popular Space Jackers series, and Geoffrey Pearce from Yatton, have donated copies of their books.

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 Times office in Waterloo Street, Weston.