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December Book of the Month

Our last Book of the Month for 2017 is:


December Book of the Month
Open Very Carefully: A book with Bite! Special edition donated by BookTrust


Children will revel in the chaos of this children’s picture book which breaks down the ‘fourth wall’ and challenges ideas about what constitutes a story. The familiar tale of the ugly duckling is suddenly disrupted by a ferocious crocodile who invades the pages and starts to eat the letters.

With the letter O gone, it’s hard for the Duckling to get him to “St p! Mr Cr c dile!” Then when he gobbles up whole words and sentences, Duckling wonders “What will we read?”


Inside spread


But Duckling has a plan . . . rocking the book makes Croc sleepy and then Duckling makes him less scary by drawing a tutu on him as he sleeps. When he awakes, the angry Croc then tries to get out of the book – but has to eat his way out . . .


Inside spread


This lively and wonderfully interactive book includes additional reading tips for parents and carers to help children get the most out of this unusual story. Copies are now on their way to public, community and school libraries in many of the countries we work in where they’ll be perfect for librarians to use in reading activities and introduce young readers to the endless possibilities of what a story can be.


20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Engines for empathy

Happy World Book Day!

This World Book Day is particularly special as it’s the 20th anniversary – that’s 20 years of celebrating children’s books and the joy that reading can bring.

To mark this anniversary, we’ve teamed up with 20 top children’s authors, illustrators, publishers and journalists to bring you 20 reasons to celebrate children’s books.

We’ve been releasing a new reason each working day over the past month.

We are delighted to have a very special person from the world of children’s literature provide our final reason to celebrate; Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.


Chris Riddell
© Tom Pilston, Booktrust


Children’s books are engines for empathy.

They allow us to see through the eyes of others.

By transporting us to other worlds they help us to understand our own.

In addition to his lovely quote, he was also kind enough to include an illustration:

Chris Riddell quote


Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. You can find out more about Chris and his books here and his role as Children’s Laureate here.


World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors. illustrators, books and reading. Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for Book Aid International, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa. Last year they raised over £120,000 – enough to send 60,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read! Learn more about World Book Day here.


Take a look at the rest of our ’20 reasons to celebrate children’s books’ series using the links below!