Children explore 'The Cave' with Time to Read 2019

Published on: 30 April 2019 Author: BookTrust

This September we'll be giving out 700,000 copies of The Cave to Reception-aged children in England as part of our annual Time to Read campaign.

The Cave front cover

Now in its fourth year, the Time to Read campaign encourages families to make time to read together, share stories every day and find the fun in reading.

This quirky picture book tells the tale of a curious, persistent and very hungry wolf and a secret little creature that will keep kids guessing. The Cave is a laugh-out-loud story with a very BIG surprise accompanied with glorious artwork, bursting with colour and warmth. Written and illustrated by the renowned Rob Hodgson, The Cave, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, teaches a very important lesson about perspective and not to judge others too quickly.

Detail from The Cave Illustrations © Rob Hodgson 2017

Illustrations © Rob Hodgson 2017

BookTrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said:

'This colourful, humorous and entertaining book will get children excited about stories. BookTrust aims to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to books and enjoy the magic that stories can bring to their lives. The Cave is beautifully illustrated and perfect to get little ones giggling, asking questions and having fun.'

A panel of experts chose The Cave because of its vibrant and fun illustrations, its mystery, humour and great messages of persistence and not underestimating the people around you. It’s also a great book to keep kids guessing, using their imagination and talking about the seasons.

Rob Hodgson, author and illustrator of The Cave said:

'Being selected for the BookTrust Time to Read campaign is a huge honour. I never could have imagined that the book (and the worm!) would get to reach so many people’s lives. I don’t think I’ll ever wrap my head around what that many books looks like and I’m so very humbled that The Cave will be the first book that some kids ever own.'

Every reception age child in England will start receiving The Cave at school from September. The book is delivered inside a special Time to Read pack that each child gets to keep and take home. Inside each pack is a message for families about the importance of shared reading, alongside practical tips and advice to help them bring the story to life at home.

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