Bookaboo is back!

Posted on April 27, 2013 by NBA Webmaster. More news

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The brand new series of Bookaboo kicked off on Saturday 21st February with a simultaneous launch on ITV1 and the CITV Channel at 7.25am. The top-rating CITV show is back by popular demand, and this time viewers will be tuning in to see Bookaboo on his first International Tour – in Canada!

The new series launched with special Canadian guest star Jason Priestley, best known for his roles in US TV series Call me Fitz and Beverly Hills 90210. Jason joined Bookaboo to read Warduff and the Corncob Caper by Mat Head, published by Andersen Press.

The super-star Rock Puppy will be joined by a special guests each week, both native Canadians and UK visitors also on tour! The guests will read Bookaboo a story before he goes on stage, so he’s ready to play to his fans. In this series, lucky UK guests to be granted back stage access to Bookaboo’s rock concert include BRIT-Award-winning singer songwriter Kate Nash and comedian and TV Presenter Dave Gorman.

Aimed at 3-6 year olds, series three of Bookaboo is a co-production between Bookaboo creator Lucy Goodman’s Happy Films and Canada’s Cite Amerique. As well as launching on ITV this month it will also air on CBC in Canada. 16 of the selected picture book titles featured in the series are from UK publishers. The remaining 12 books are Canadian, adding an international flavour to the show.

Bookaboo’s message about the importance of sharing the reading experience has proved popular with both children and adults. Last year, Bookaboo won the British Animation Award for Best Mixed Media series, which follows previous awards including two BAFTAs, a Broadcast Award and the 2010 Prix Jeunesse.

Thanks to the generosity of contributing publishers, 1000 books are donated every episode to disadvantaged children.

Bookaboo is scheduled to run in two blocks this spring, with each block containing 14 episodes featuring the below special guests, picture books and contributing publishers:
BLOCK 1

Warduff and the Corncob Caper by Mat Head (Andersen Press) read by Jason Priestley 23/02/13
The Great Snortle Hunt by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley (Simon & Schuster) read by Adam Beech 24/02/13
Walter & The No Need To Worry Suit by Rachel Bright (Harper Collins) read by Sheila McCarthy 02/03/13
Scruffy Bear and The Six White Mice by Christopher Wormell (Random House – Jonathan Cape) read by Gordon Pinsent 03/03/13
The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster) read by Kate Nash 09/03/13
Ping and Pong are Best Friends…Mostly by Tim Hopgood (Simon & Schuster) read by James Keylon 10/03/13
Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen (Random House) read by Dave Gorman 16/03/13
Drumheller Dinosaur by Robert Heidbreder, Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo (Kids Can Press) read by Fefe Dobson 17/03/13
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster) read by Julie Payette 23/03/13
The Great Sheep Shenanigans by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka (Andersen Press) read by Sean Cullen 24/03/13
Leave Me Alone by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish (Hachette) read by Georges Laraque 30/03/13
The Subway Mouse by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada Ltd) read by Jian Ghomeshi 31/03/13
The Talent Show by Jo Hodgkinson (Andersen) read by Amy Jo Johnson 06/04/13
Toads on Toast by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack (Kids Can Press) read by Jacob Hoggard 07/04/13

BLOCK 2

Whiffy Wilson: the Wolf Who Wouldn’t Wash by Caryl Hart and Leonie Lord (Orchard) read by Zaib Shaikh 29/06/13
Grandma Bendy by Izy Penguin (Maverick Arts Publishing) read by Tara Spencer 06/07/13
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady Macdonald Denton (Candlewick Press) read by Melinda Shankar, date tbc
Larf by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press) read by Bret Hart, date tbc
The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press) read by Cathy Jones, date tbc
Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press) by Nico Archarchambault, date tbc
Mr Kings Things by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press) read by Joannie Rochette, date tbc
My Think-A-Ma-Jink by Dave Whamond (Owlkids Books) read by Jeff Stinko, date tbc
Cookiebot! A Harry and Horsie Adventure by Katie Van Camp and Lincoln Agnew (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins US) read by Hugh Dillon, date tbc
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (Happy Cat Books) read by Peter Mansbridge, date tbc
The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear by David Bruins and Hilary Leung (Kids Can Press) read by Anthony Calvillo, date tbc
Plus 2 other titles which are TBC

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