National Bookstart Week 2016 storybook

Angellica Bell with a copy of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea read by Angellica Bell

BookTrust has partnered with publisher Barefoot Books and TV presenter Angellica Bell to bring you a magical, interactive version of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, by Jessica Law and Jill McDonald, to share with your children.


It's a wonderful, watery adventure, packed with sea creatures and brought to life with animation, sound effects and Angellica's brilliant narration.


There are top tips along the way to make reading together more fun, the option to watch the storybook as a British Sign Language video and you can read along on tablet and mobile, too.


Our thanks go to... Barefoot Books, Jessica Law, Jill McDonald and Angellica Bell.


Happy sharing!


Top tips for reading with children


More under-the-sea activities

There's always lots going on during National Bookstart Week, both at events up and down the country and here online at the Bookstart website. Just click on the panels below to discover more fun, under-the-sea activities to make and do at home.

Make a shark hat

Watch out! There are sharks about! Transform your little ones into creatures of the deep in three easy steps using A3 paper. Just colour in, cut out and stick together for a fun activity with more bite!

Colouring fun

Meet Crab and Squid from A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. All you need to do is print off the pages, grab some pencils and crayons and bring these cheeky sea creatures to life!

Under-the-sea rhymes

Two pages packed with sea-themed rhymes for families to share. There are seven rhymes to say and sing, including Ten Little Fishes and Waves on the Sea. Your little ones will love them!