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The Reading Voyage

TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track

Having the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood all to yourself and being allowed to try on the shoes is one of the perks of being Children's Laureate. So it seems from the new Jacqueline Wilson video interview on, which launches shortly to support this year's Summer Reading Challenge for four to 11-year-olds in public libraries.

Designed to keep children reading through the summer, the new programme with the theme of "The Reading Voyage" will be launched at Peckham Library on July 21 by culture minister David Lammy. The web resources should be available next week and include short films of authors including Ms Wilson in their "habitats", places that they find inspiring. So Anthony Horowitz and his dog enjoy Hampstead Heath and Valerie Bloom revels in the Palm House at Kew. It's all so absorbing that the library might be shut before you tear yourself away.

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