Scholastic UK help Simon and Eric Cowell find something to read

Children’s publisher and distributor Scholastic UK’s recently published Kids and Family Reading Report™ has highlighted the importance of sharing stories with children – with 83% of kids aged 6-17 saying they love or like being read to aloud as “it’s a special time with my parent.” The survey also found that almost a third of children whose parents no longer read aloud said that they didn’t want their parents to stop.

Yvonne Murphy, book buyer for Scholastic Clubs and Fairs 0-5 years said;

“We have such a lot of picture book talent in the UK with fantastic books to suit every interest. To support parents reading aloud with their children we’ve selected some of the favourite books that children and parents tell us they love, all including lovely animals. We hope they’re a great starting point for mums and dads to share with their children – we hope Simon and Eric like them too.”

The reading list features a wealth of much-loved picture books available in the UK, from classics such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Elmer to more modern day favourites including Superworm from Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler, and The Bear Who Went Boo by Cowell’s co-judge, David Walliams.

Author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Head Judge for The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards, Michael Rosen said:

“I am very pleased that Simon Cowell is writing a children’s book. The more often famous and popular people write books, the more popular children’s books become. There are thousands of wonderful kids’ book out there to read. Welcome to the party, Simon.”

Check out the full list below for some animal magic, and get reading now!

A day at the Animal Airport (C&F)
  • A Day at The Animal Airport by Sharon Rentta
A Day at the Animal Post Office PB
  • A Day at the Animal Post Office by Sharon Rentta
Dogger x6
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
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  • Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp
Elmer x6
  • Elmer by David McKee
Five Minutes' Peace
  • Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy
Giraffes Can't Dance
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Hot Dog Hal
  • Hot Dog Hal by Peter Bently
We Love You, Hugless Douglas!
  • Hugless Douglas by David Melling
I Want My Hat Back
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Jasper's Beanstalk x6
  • Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth
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  • Join in the Zoo Hullabaloo by Jan Ormerod
Keith the Cat With Magic Hat
  • Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra
Kipper's Birthday
  • Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen
Mad About Mega Beasts!
  • Mad About Mega Beasts by Giles Andreae
Meerkat Mail
  • Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Monkey Puzzle
  • Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
Oliver's Wood
  • Oliver’s Wood by Sue Hendra
The Rhyming Rabbit
  • The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson
Some Dogs Do
  • Some Dogs Do Jez Alborough
  • Supermarket Zoo by Caryl Hart
Superworm NE
  • Superworm by Julia Donaldson
Tabby McTat NE
  • Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson
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  • Tales from Percy’s Park: The Rescue Party by Nick Butterworth
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  • The Bear Who Went Boo by David Walliams
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  • The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams
The Giraffe, Pelly And Me
  • The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
The Gruffalo (Board Book)
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Highway Rat NE
  • The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
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  • The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams
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  • There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson
We're Going On A Bear Hunt x6
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Whiffy Wilson
  • Whiffy Wilson by Caryl Hart
Zippo the Super Hippo
  • Zippo the Super Hippo by Kes Gray

To read all of these books and many more, take a look here.

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