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BookTrust Storytime

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01 October 2021

BookTrust Storytime 

Calling all families of pre-schoolers! From October, you can take part in BookTrust Storytime. 

There are six shortlisted titles for the BookTrust Storytime Prize and families are encouraged to read the stories together. 

There will be events in some libraries and the books will be available to borrow and read at home 

At Basildon or Clacton libraries, there will be extra goodies for children to collect during the sessions as well as the chance to take part in the national vote. Visit Basildon or Clacton to find out more!  

You can also enjoy the authors reading their stories in a series of videos, provided by BookTrust 

Here in Essex, we are also encouraging families to take part in an Essex vote. This is for us to see which book is the most popular at each library and in Essex as a whole. You can cast your vote online, now.  


Reserve a copy of Whales on the Bus  

Watch the video of Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt reading Whales on the Bus 


Reserve a copy of I Really Really Need a Wee 

Watch Karl Newsome read his book, I Really Really Need a Wee 


Reserve a copy of Octopus Shocktopus 

Watch Steve Lenton read his book Octopus Shocktopus 


Reserve a copy of Arlo the Lion Who Couldn't Sleep 

Watch Catherine Rayner read her book Arlo the Lion Who Couldn't Sleep 


Reserve a copy of No! Said Rabbit 

Watch Marjoke Henrichs read her book No! Said Rabbit 


Reserve a copy of Lenny and Wilbur 

Watch Ken Wilson-Max read his book Kenny and Wilbur