An author's work will be seen by hundreds of thousands of pupils starting school this autumn.
Ian Whybrow's book Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School has been chosen by charity Booktrust to be given away to four and five-year-olds nationwide.
The organisation hopes the move will encourage parents and children to read together.
The Harrow on the Hill writer expressed his joy at being involved with the scheme.
He said: "I am very worried that every child has a television or computer in their bedroom.
"We have to think about what reading offers children, it gives them confidence and a chance to have conversations with their parents."
The author has written more than 100 books and had his series Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs developed into a television show.
The writer, who is in his 40s, said: "I am delighted to think that children all over the country will have a book of their own.
"It is proven that people who are deprived of books do badly in life, whilst those who read thrive and I want to do something about this.
"Giving a child a book and the joy of reading is the most important thing."
The Booktime programme involves books being handed out to children starting primary school, as well as books being given to public and school libraries. The scheme is run in association with publisher Pearson and supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Mr Whybrow last week read one of his books to children at Roxeth First and Middle School, in Byron Hill Road.
Headteacher Carole Tobin was delighted with the visit.
She said: "It was wonderful, all the children loved it. The book is lovely and he read in a really exciting way.
"Some of the children had only started school that day so it was a nice way to begin their time at Roxeth."