Great British Summer Campaign Launched to Celebrate Jubilee and Olympic Games 2012

With the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics already noted down on everyone’s calendars, the UK is set to have one of the best summers yet and the Book People has launched its Best of British event to celebrate all things British.

The Book People’s Best of British will include all manner of competitions, prize draws and British-themed events that will remind us all of just why this country is so incredible. The event started on the 17 May with a competition to win a Fortnum and Mason’s hamper, stuffed full of goodies including signed books and Jubilee memorabilia. The bookseller kicked things off with a new section on its site that is dedicated to the best British titles around.

Customers will be able to browse through a range of books written by British authors, both past and present; and can benefit from the same low prices for cheap fiction that keep people coming back to the Book People time and again for. Along with this British book category, a range of British-themed competitions are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

One of the many competitions that customers will be able to enter into includes the Book People’s Fortnum & Mason hamper prize draw, which will run to mid-June. Applicants will have a chance to win one of Fortnum & Mason’s decidedly British hampers and further details of the competition will be revealed on the Book People’s main website, as well as on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheBookPeopleLtd), Twitter (@TheBookPeople) and via a newsletter.

Other competitions from the Book People will run alongside the Olympics and the August bank holiday and those interested should head for the bookseller’s website and social networking pages now to find out more.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “This summer is going to be one of the biggest and best in the UK in recent years thanks to the many events we all have to look forward to, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics, Wimbledon and Euro 2012.

“Our Best of British has been designed to bring all of this to the forefront of everyone’s minds and we hope everyone thoroughly enjoys the competitions, discussions, and prize draws we have lined up!”

To find out more about the Book People’s Best of British, follow the event on #BookPeopleBOB now.

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Queen of Teen 2012 Shortlist Announced!

Queen of Teen is royally delighted to announce the shortlist for the fiction world’s most glamorous award. Thousands of heartfelt nominations have been received from teenagers across the country and voting is now open to find this year’s Queen of Teen.

The ten fabulous authors who have made the shortlist are as follows:

Cathy Cassidy, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Webb, Joanna Nadin, Cathy Hopkins, Samantha Mackintosh, Chris Higgins, Hayley Long, S.C. Ransom and the first ever male shortlisted author, James Dawson.

The award will be presented at a glittering award ceremony in July 2012, when the writers of the best nominations will be invited to mingle with their favourite authors, invited journalists and other special guests. The ceremony is to be held at Queen of Teen HQ in leafy Surrey and will be superbly pink and sparkly – a truly majestic celebration of this thriving and important genre!

Teens and tweens can now vote for their favourite author from the shortlist by visiting www.queenofteen.co.uk. Queen of Teen has attracted tens of thousands of votes from young readers across the globe and last year resulted in the fabulous author of the Chocolate Box Girls books, Cathy Cassidy, being crowned Queen of Teen.

On being crowned, Cathy said: “I’ve had lots of fun since being voted Queen of Teen… it’s an amazing award because it’s all about YOU, the super-cool reader gals out there. Your votes and views really DO count!”

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The Book People builds up to the Imagine Festival 2012

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

Running from 11th – 26th February, the Imagine Festival is said to be one of the best children’s events of the year. The festival is now in its 11th year, having been run since 2001, and is set to be at its biggest and best in 2012. The list of events contains something for everyone, from musical and dance performances, through to poetry and fiction readings from some the best children’s authors in the world.

The festival is designed to encourage children to be creative, so there will be chances for children to make their own works of art, write their own fiction, and take part in dance and music events and workshops. With workshops covering all of these topics and more and opportunities to watch funny and entertaining acts, this festival is great for children and young people of all ages.

Children and parents can look forward to story-telling from books by Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy, MacKenzie Crook and Francesca Simon, as well as a premiere of The Trial of Dennis the Menace musical. There will even be opera for babies, orchestral reproductions of The Jungle Book and Carnival of the Animals, and Robert Winston will be demonstrating some thrilling activities, included in his book Science Experiments.

“The Imagine Festival is meant to inspire children to become more creative in every aspect of their lives, and it also aims to introduce them to things they would not normally be interested in,” said Donna Stevenson of the Book People.

“For example, a lot of children that attend the Imagine Festival go home with a new interest in poetry or dance, and this can help to lead them to new hobbies and even, in some cases, to their future careers,” she added.

Babies and children’s story books can be bought online from the Book People.

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The Book People Announces Ways It Is Helping To Tackle Poor Literacy Levels

In light of the latest, shocking figures from the National Literacy Trust, renowned bookseller the Book People highlights the way in which it is helping to make reading accessible and affordable for all.

According to the NLT’s report, which will be published in full later this month, one in four children attending primary schools in London currently leave without the skills to be able to read properly. Of those, five per cent can barely read at all and in the worst-performing inner city schools, 40 per cent of children leave with a reading age of a six to nine-year-old.

Susie Chalmers, Marketing Director at the Book People said: “At the heart of the Book People is the ethos of bringing books to people and making reading affordable to all. Figures like this are worrying, but only strengthen our determination to ensure that we continue to play our part in introducing children of all ages to the joy of reading.”

The Book People began in 1988 and since that very first day it adopted a business model that drove down the cost of books for the general public. Now, it is reaching new readers every day, thanks to a huge online presence and a network of dedicated distributors who place books in hospitals, offices and most importantly, nurseries and schools.

It is hoped that by combining huge discounts – generally more than 50 per cent off the RRP – great incentives to buy books, such as redeemable book points and the Points Passport loyalty scheme, and offering frequent free delivery and discount code promotions to bring prices down even further, that reading will become all the more appealing.

Specialising in exclusive collections that offer even greater value to the customer, the Book People have looked to support children’s reading schemes by teaming up with Oxford Reading Tree to offer educational sets such as the Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection at a discount of more than 80 percent.

The Book People also owns Red House, a specialist website providing the latest and very best children’s books. The titles are handpicked by knowledgeable book buyers who know just what will encourage children, parents and teachers to read. It recently gave more than 150 books to children in foster care.

Daniel Webb, Red House editor, knows how important reading is to a child’s development.

“Here at Red House, we supply everything from board books for babies to compelling novels for confident readers, early readers to teen fiction. Our emphasis is always on finding the books that children themselves would choose. In this way, Red House supports the efforts of parents and teachers to encourage children to read,” he said.

Anyone can buy books online from the Book People, and with a huge collection of fictionbooks, children’s educational guides, reference books and much more available at rock bottom prices there is really no barrier to reading.

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