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Booked Up handout 'to exceed 2.5m copies'

9th June 2010

Millions of books will have been distributed to the nation's young readers through the Booked Up programme by Christmas, its organisers have revealed.

National literature charity Booktrust says the scheme, which provides year seven pupils with free books and is now in its fourth year, is on track to deliver 2.5 million books by the end of 2010.

Booked Up was established to help children make the jump from reading at primary school level to secondary school standards and offers them the chance to choose a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry from a set list of titles.

Among the books included in the scheme this year are Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne, Philip Reeve's Fever Crumb, How to Avoid a Wombat's Bum by Mitchell Symons and Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing.

Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird commented: 'Over the past three years, we have seen how giving 11-year-olds the opportunity to choose a book of their own from a list of 19 engaging and varied titles stimulates a real excitement and buzz about reading.'

From September, the charity will also distribute 1.4 million copies of "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth by Eric Carle to inspire four and five-year-olds to explore nature.

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