TV Stars Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have decided to launch a children’s book club, in association with retailer WHSmith.
The duo will be represented by cartoon characters, which were created by artist, Nick Diggory, to launch the children’s version of their hugely successful book club.
The club aims to work alongside Booktrust, an independent charity, to encourage all ages and cultures to read more books.
Richard said: “The cartoons are great fun and really make clear that these choices are aimed at a younger audience. We hope that parents who take pleasure in and love the Book Club will enjoy choosing our selection for their children too.”
Judy added, “Reading from an early age is something that we always encouraged with our own children and we feel very strongly that this addition to the Book Club is an important and exciting one. Getting children to engage with their favourite books and share their thoughts with friends is a great way to enjoy books and we hope that we can help give parents the suggestions they need to get the most out of the amazing stories that are out there.”
The books on selection boast a whole range of titles, including best-selling author, Jo Nesbo, who wrote adult novel The Snowman which was a best-seller for the Autumn Book Club. He has seen his first children’s novel, Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, included in the Children’s Book Club.
Rachel Russell, a WHSmith Director said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Richard and Judy’s book recommendations to support children’s reading. They are trusted by millions of UK book buyers. Having the advice and support of Booktrust to further support parental choice and encourage our younger readers to enjoy and share the experience of reading books is a fantastic endorsement.”
The pair have now retired from live telly and presenting the daytime TV show Richard and Judy, and are happy concentrating on other ventures like this one. They have two children, Jack, 24 and Chloe, 23.