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A Journey in the Book Bus, Zambia

11/12/2017

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School librarian Carol Williams joined the Book Bus in Zambia to help bring books, stories and reading to school children in the region. Here, she tells us about her Book Bus adventure.

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Oliver Jeffers joins ReadingZone Live

09/12/2017

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The creator of picture books How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found and Stuck joined ReadingZone Live for a special session about picture books and to talk about his new book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (HarperCollins Children's Books).

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Dinosaurium copies to give away!

06/12/2017

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As a post-Christmas treat, we have five copies of the sumptious Dinosaurium to give away, from publisher Big Picture Press. Just get in touch to be entered into the free draw!

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The children who don't own a single book

06/12/2017

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One in eight of the nation's most disadvantaged children say they don't have a book of their own at home, according to new research published today by the National Literacy Trust as it launches its Christmas Stories campaign

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English pupils rise in international reading results

05/12/2017

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English ten-year-olds are now joint eighth in the world in reading as measured by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results for 2016.

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Beano inspires Summer Reading Challenge

01/12/2017

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Libraries will be inspiring young 'Mischief Makers' to read next year as part of the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, which will also help to mark the 80th anniversary of The Beano comic.

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Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist

27/11/2017

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Children from 12 schools across the UK will be reading about wizards, warriors and wabbits before helping to choose the winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards, including the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

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Cressida Cowell joins ReadingZone Festival

26/11/2017

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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 Dorking, to talk about her new series The Wizards of Once.

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