The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart! - Vivian French (author), Nigel Baines (illustrator)

Vivian French MBE explores some of the fibs we tell children and children tell us about reading and books in a fun picture book illustrated by Nigel Baines. From excuses like 'I haven't got time to read' to misconceptions about those who struggle with reading, this wonderful book turns negatives on their head and celebrates the right we all have to access story, and the wonders of the printed page.

Review courtesy of GoodReads

Vivian French, author 

I’m absolutely delighted (and very honoured) that The Covers of my Book Are Too Far Apart is included in the #BeanstalkTop40. Beanstalk is doing a truly fabulous job helping children get into reading... I send much love and respect.

Emma Rose, Beanstalk Team Leader in the North East 

Not only is Vivian French a renowned author the work she does to inspire children to read and write is awe inspiring. My daughter Eve met her for the first time at the Northern Children’s Book Festival 5 years ago and that first meeting has had a such a positive impact on her. I urge everyone to book themselves on to a workshop being led by Vivian as they will leave with a smile on their face. I couldn’t think of a better book or author to have included in our Beanstalk starter pack – VF works with a number of illustrators and you can guarantee that the pictures will be as enjoyable as the words.


Emma's daughter Evie (aged 13)

Vivian French’s books are a literal masterpiece, her stories are spell binding and her characters are inspirational.

Barrington Stokes, publisher

We couldn't be more delighted to have 2 titles included in the new Beanstalk volunteer starter pack.The key to unlocking a love of reading is getting the right books in the right hands at the right moment and so it's fantastic that those working with struggling and disaffected young readers will have access to some of the best books, carefully chosen by Beanstalk and bookseller experts. It's so important that we all support the truly amazing team of volunteers to be effective in their work with young people.