School starters in England will receive their very own copy of the book Little Monkey this September as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign.

Now in its third year, the Time to Read campaign from the UK’s largest children’s reading charity encourages families to make time to read together, share stories every day and find the fun in reading.

This funny and empowering picture book tells the tale of a little monkey in a big troop, in an even bigger jungle. Monkey has enough of missing out, of being too small for big adventures, so she bravely heads off all alone to climb to the top of the tallest tree in the jungle. Written and illustrated by the renowned Marta Altés, Little Monkey (Pan Macmillan) shows us that the world is a big, wild and wonderful place where anything is possible.

BookTrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said: “Children are more likely to read if they’re having fun with stories and we couldn’t think of a more colourful, enjoyable and entertaining book. At BookTrust we want to ensure all children have access to books and enjoy the adventure and escapism that comes with getting lost in a good book. Little Monkey is beautifully illustrated and brilliant to read aloud.”

A panel of experts chose Little Monkey because of its fun, detailed illustrations and great message that no matter how small you are, or how big the world seems, you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. It’s perfect for reading together and the challenges Monkey faces of being too small and not wanting to miss out are easily relatable for little children.

Marta Altés, author and illustrator of Little Monkey said: “I'm so excited and it's such an honour to work with BookTrust on their Time to Read campaign. It's wonderful that Little Monkey will be used to start little people on their reading journey. I hope that Little Monkey and her adventures in the jungle not only inspire a love of reading but also remind children that even when you're small you can do amazing things!”

Every reception age child in England will start receiving Little Monkey at school from September. The book is delivered inside a special Time to Read pack that each child gets to keep and take home. Inside each pack is a message for families about the importance of shared reading, alongside practical tips and advice to help them bring the story to life at home.

Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, Publisher at Macmillan Children's Books said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with BookTrust, supporting this wonderful and important initiative to ensure that a love of reading goes beyond the classroom walls and stays with a child for life. Marta Altes' Little Monkey celebrates the amazing things we can achieve if we put our minds to it, regardless how big or small we are, making it a perfect and encouraging read for children who are just starting their school lives. We hope that Little Monkey's plucky and adventurous spirit will be embraced by the children as they embark on a lifetime of reading for pleasure."