Our Planet author Colin Butfield backs our Books For Schools campaign – The Sun

BOOKS help a child to make sense of the world, says author Colin ­Butfield, who is backing our brilliant Books For Schools campaign.

The conservation expert worked with Sir David Attenborough on Our Planet and the official book of the Netflix series.

Colin, 46, called our initiative “awesome”, adding: “This campaign which ensures that children have lots of different books on hand couldn’t be more important.

“From a young age I loved books that show how surprising and odd the world is.

“Although I grew up in ­suburbia, books opened up the world.”

The Sun and HarperCollins have teamed up to offer ­primary schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland the chance to claim a box of over 100 Collins Big Cat books worth more than £600 for FREE. Thousands of schools have already signed up.

Once registered, each school simply collects the tokens from pupils and the local community to receive a free package which includes books by brilliant authors including David Walliams, Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo. Each box includes a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Colin’s book features a foreword by Sir David as well as stunning photographs of the natural world and ­fascinating facts about the planet.

Dad-of-two Colin, from ­Surrey, adds: “As a child I loved reading The Guinness Book Of Records and trying to find the weirdest record. Non-fiction titles offer children the chance to dip in and grab a nugget when they have five minutes.”

Research from The National Literacy Trust found one in eight disadvantaged kids in the UK don’t own a single book.


The same research reveals that the more books a child owns, the more likely they are to have good literacy skills.

See right to find out how YOUR school can sign up to Books For Schools today.

  • Our Planet, published in ­hardback, is out now, priced £20


How to get them free

1. Get your school to register at thesun.co.uk/booksforschools by Friday, November 22, 2019. Only schools can register, so encourage yours to sign up

2. Help your school collect 3,500 tokens from The Sun and The Sun on Sunday between Saturday, November 23, 2019, and Saturday, January 18, 2020

3. Once your school has 3,500 tokens, they will need to return them by Saturday, February 8, 2020

4. Your school will receive the books in March 2020

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