The mobile library in the sky

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easyJet – the mobile library of the skies

When you fly on easyJet this summer, your kids can be provided with a book to read. Why?

The airline is making books available to its younger passengers because the airline says that parents of 8-14 year-olds believe that children are reading less than when they were kids and government evidence also suggests that here is an issue with the amount that children read and their literacy as a whole.

It has got together with children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, and selected ten books which will be available on its flights. In all 7,000 books will be available on all routes flown.

It has called this initiative, Flybrary (not the easiest word to say) and, after a child has read a book in flight, (and left it behind for another passenger to read) they can go to the easyJet book club to find more. In addition to a preview of the first three chapters of Wilson’s new book, Wave Me Goodbye, the ten books that have been selected are

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

The Railway Children by E Nesbitt

Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Janssen

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Would your list be the same as Wilson’s choice? There are no Pooh Bear books, no Robert Louis Stevenson books with Long John Silver, no Enid Blyton books or those of David Walliams. There is no The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or anything by Michael Morpugo or Michael Rosen and what about younger children? Beatrix Potter and the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes aren’t included nor is there any Terry Pratchett for those slightly older.

Choosing ten is a bit like Desert Island Discs. No-one is going to agree with the selection least of all me. But then easyJet can always change the list next year.

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