Actress and singer Kym Marsh is one of the celebrities sharing a story with Bookaboo in the drum-playing rock puppy's new DVD, which is out now. The former Hear'Say star recently won a Celebrity Mum of the Year award.
The 33-year-old from Merseyside also plays Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, which can be seen Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays on ITV1.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE BOOKABOO DVD...
I got asked to be involved with it and I loved the concept of the show, to be honest. I thought it was brilliant. As a kid I always loved reading. Nowadays I think it's kind of been pushed to the side a little bit, and I'm not quite sure that it's as popular as when I was a kid - I mean I'm talking years ago [laughs]. If my mum went out and bought me a reading book, I loved it. I feel that now maybe parents don't read that much with their children because maybe they're so busy, because everyone's got to work and everything these days because times are very different. However, I just think there's not enough time spent reading with your kids.
DID YOU USED TO READ TO YOUR KIDS?
I used to read a lot with my kids. I mean they're older now. David's nearly 15 and Emily's 12 this month, but I used to read a lot to mine and they used to love it, because it was a time for parents and kids to be together. With so much going on, it's hard to find time sometimes. That was our time, reading stories. I loved it because I used to do all the voices, and I've done it on this DVD actually.
WHAT SORT OF VOICES?
I think I do a very northern 'Cow That Laid An Egg', and some very Scouse chickens [laughs]. It's very funny. But you know what? I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't feel stupid at all. And I fell in love with Bookaboo as well because he was so cute. He's gorgeous.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOK?
I'm such a lover of children's books. I still collect them now. I've got all of Beatrix Potter and I used to love the Mr Men.
DO YOU THINK CHILDREN ARE MORE LITERATE IN 2009 THAN 30 YEARS AGO?
That's a difficult one, really. I saw somewhere a statistic saying about children coming out of school not being able to read or something. Although how that's happened in this day and age, I've no idea. I just think generally there's not a lot of interest in it anymore. I think kids are so preoccupied with video-games and things like that. I think we could see a rise in it [literacy] if we try to encourage our kids.
MILLIONS ARE LOVING YOUR CORONATION STREET STORYLINES AT THE MOMENT - IF JAKE THE BUILDER RETURNS, DO YOU THINK HE AND MICHELLE WILL BE A PERMANENT ITEM?
There's a possibility he might come back in the future. Obviously, sometimes you have to wait and see how people work on a show, but I think everyone's taken really well to the storyline, and certainly to Jake, and we had such a good laugh doing all that stuff. Michelle needs to have a fella. I think she needs to settle down a little bit because at the moment she's flitting from one to the other, and it's quite frankly disgusting [laughs].
LITTLE WONDER YOUR SCREEN SON RYAN IS LOOKING A BIT FED-UP.
I know, bless him. There's a scene the other day where he goes, "You're way out of order, mum", and then he says, "Oh God, it sounds like something out of a dodgy porno" [laughs].
HOW LONG IS YOUR CURRENT CORRIE CONTRACT?
I'm contracted until at least next June. By then I will have done four years, and of course we've got the 50th anniversary coming up next year. Hopefully I'll be a big part of that. Fingers crossed, I'd really like to be. I'd love to still be there for that. So we'll keep making people laugh. I think that's the beauty of Corrie, isn't it?