We're excited to announce that this year's Booktime story book is The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit, published by Frederick Warne &Co., an imprint of Penguin Children's, and for children in England, Tim's Din from the Phonics Bug series by Pearson UK. Booktime provide a free book pack containing two books for every child aged 4-5 years in England, and this year we'll be providing packs for children in Wales too. In Wales, book packs will contain The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit and a Welsh story book, to be announced soon. In total, 725,000 children in their first year of primary school will receive the books to keep, share and enjoy with their family and friends.
The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit is a playful and funny retelling of Beatrix Potter's original story The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It is a special anniversary edition to mark 110 years since Frederick Warne first published the original tale. This lovely picture book will introduce children to the escapades of Britain's most famous rabbit. Families all over England and Wales will be joining in with Peter Rabbit's 110th birthday celebrations by sharing this very special story.
Tim's Din, written by Monica Hughes and illustrated by Bill Ledger, is a lively and entertaining story about the mischief that little monkeys can get up to when they're bored. With simple rhyming text and expressive illustrations, Tim's Din gives children the chance to try telling a fun and simple story themselves.
We're sure your children are going to enjoy these books and we'll be putting lots of games and activities on this site in the coming months to add to the fun.