Free children's book gifting programme in restaurants

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Free children's books are being given out in Rick Stein restaurants to encourage reading for pleasure.

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Children visiting Rick Stein restaurants will receive a free picture book

The charity BookTrust has teamed up with family-run restaurant chain The Rick Stein Group to give away special editions of the book - A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald, in 12 Rick Stein restaurants across Cornwall, Winchester, Sandbanks, Marlborough and Barnes.

BookTrust, supported by Barefoot Books, initially gave away over 450,000 copies of the book as part of National Bookstart Week in June 2016.

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A spokesperson for the Rick Stein Group said, 'We are delighted to be giving out copies of the children’s book in our restaurants. We know how important reading and stories are for children and we are delighted so many more families who visit our restaurants will have the pleasure of reading this magical story over their family meal.’  

Diana Gerald, chief executive of BookTrust, said, ‘Family time is so important, especially in this time-poor world but having young children and enjoying a peaceful meal out do not always easily go hand in hand. We’ve joined forces with Rick Stein to help take the pressure off parents to entertain kids at the table and encourage them to grasp those precious moments of reading together.’

Ms Gerald said that this year’s national Bookstart theme ‘Under the Sea’ was a 'perfect pairing with Rick Stein’s seafood offering'.

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