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The 500 Words competition is back!

15/01/2018

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Entries are now open for the 500 Words short story competition from the BBC, for children aged between 5-13 years. The competition will close at 7pm on Thursday 22nd February.

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World Book Day competition

13/01/2018

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The World Book Day Award (WoBoD) is back and it is asking schools to create displays that show how your school champions reading - there are 20,000 of books to be won!

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WBD offers its first 'special editions'

13/01/2018

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World Book Day will make five special titles available to young people this year, including John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Pirates Ahoy!

12/01/2018

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We caught up with author Amy Sparkes to talk all things pirates, battles and cake! in her series about the Worst. Pirate. Ever! Is Pirate Blunderbeard about to face his Worst. Mission. Ever!?

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Cressida Cowell headlines ReadingZone Festival

10/01/2018

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Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, will join the 2018 ReadingZone Festival with a public event on Saturday 3rd February at Dorking Halls in Surrey, to talk about her new series The Wizards of Once.

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Secret Breakers television deal

09/01/2018

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Secret Breakers, a middle grade adventure series by Helen Dennis, could be making its way onto television screens following a deal by publisher Hodder Children's Books with Sparticles Production.

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Children's book groups celebrate 50 years

08/01/2018

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The Federation of Children's Book Groups has planned a variety of activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary during 2018 a celebratory conference and a book about its activities.

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Backlash against literacy 'hubs' announcement

08/01/2018

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The government has announced 26m investment in teaching reading and language skills, including the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching and 35 literacy 'hubs' around the country, as well as further investment in phonics programmes.

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Book of the week

The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once

~ Babies & Toddlers
~ Pre School
~ Early Readers
~ Confident Readers
~ Young Adult

Meet the Author


Clara Vulliamy, daughter of 'Dogger' creator Shirley Hughes, tells us more about her DOTTY DETECTIVE books in which friends work together to solve mysteries at home and at school.

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