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TV pair to launch child book club
Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy's weekly book slot has helped boost book sales
TV hosts Richard and Judy are hoping to boost child literacy by launching a children's version of their book club on their Channel 4 show.

School pupils helped producers select eight books for readers aged five and above, to feature on the TV show.

The list includes Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie and Spy Dog by Andrew Cope.

"It's really important that, in this DVD age, kids are encouraged to read as well as watch," Judy Finnigan said.

Aliens Love Underpants Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
Poppy and Max and the Fashion Show Sally Grindley and Lindsey Gardiner
Spy Dog Andrew Cope
The World According to Humphrey Betty G Birney
HIVE Higher Institute of Villainous Education
Mark Walden
Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
Girl, Missing Sophie McKenzie
The Recruit
Robert Muchamore

The titles were selected with help from pupils from schools in Kent, Hertfordshire, Richmond upon Thames and Sheffield.

Executive producer Amanda Ross said: "We've deliberately chosen entertaining books to make getting to grips with reading fun."

Richard and Judy launched their weekly book slot in 2004, which has helped boost book sales.

According to trade magazine The Bookseller, sales of the titles featured in the first year of the book club were worth 25m.

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