February 17

Special Feature

Special Feature
Maz Evans, our Children's Author of the Month, talks about her exciting debut, Who Let the Gods Out. Our YA Authors of the Month Elizabeth and Katherine Corr tells us more about The Witches' Tears. Clare Vulliamy's Dotty Detective returns with Dotty Detective: Midnight Mystery and there's a new King Flashypants book from Andy Riley - King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong! We also speak with picture book creators Rachel Bright and Jim Field about The Koala Who Could; illustrator Ryan Wheatcroft talks about depicting different families in We are Family; and picture book creator Jim Stoten tells us how his joyously quirky Mr Tweed's Busy Day came about. Finally, Abi Elphinstone tells us about her final Dreamsnatcher book, The Night Spinner.

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World Book Day ideas, the Latest Books Reviewed, Author Interviews

Highlights of the latest books

Teachers and librarians have been reviewing a range of this season's best books for children and teenagers. Here are their recommended picture books; books for 5+ books for 7+ and books for teenaged readers.


World Book Day ideas

From writing short stories and scripts to making a bookmark or creating their own picture book - here are some great primary and secondary activities for World Book Day.

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Make a Picture Book Competition for World Book Day

ReadingZone is inviting children and young people (4-18 years) to create a picture book for World Book Day! The winning picture book will win a free author event and 50 printed copies of their winning book and there are prizes for all category winners.

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Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists announced

The longlists for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals have been announced, together with plans for celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal and the 60th anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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YA proof set to give away

We have a set of ten proofs of Susin Nielsin's new book, Optimists Die First (Andersen Press), to give away to a lucky school book group!

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Children's book group set to give away

Next month we'll be chatting to Goodly and Grave author Justine Windsor (HarperCollins Children's Books) about her new series - and we have ten copies of the first book to give to a school book group, in return for some reviews!

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Detective and mystery stories on ReadingZone Live

Alice Jones author Sarah Rubin will be joining us on ReadingZone Live on 8th March for a special programme looking at detective and mystery stories. Find out how to take part.

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Children struggle to find books they like

The latest Kids & Family Reading Report from Scholastic US shows that most children in the US know that reading for pleasure is important - but struggle to find books that they like.

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Joint SLA & YLG Conference in June

The 2017 Joint YLG & SLA weekend course - Lightbulb Moments: Powered by Librarians will be held from 23-25 June 2017 in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Members and non-members are welcome.

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Debut writers highlighted in shortlist

The longlist for the 2017 Branford Boase Award, which recognises strong new voices in children's publishing, has been announced and includes MG Leonard's Beetle Boy, Cogheart by Peter Bunzl and The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster.

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Children choose their favourite book

Children have voted Pamela Butchart's My Teacher is a Vampire Rat, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow), as the winner of the The Children's Book Award 2016.

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Discounted copies of Welcome to Nowhere

ReadingZone is offering specially discounted sets of Elizabeth Laird's new novel, Welcome to Nowhere (Macmillan Children's Books), to help schools to share this powerful and timely story with their pupils.

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Special Feature


Special Feature

Maz Evans, our Children's Author of the Month, talks about her exciting debut, Who Let the Gods Out. Our YA Authors of the Month Elizabeth and Katherine Corr tells us more about The Witches' Tears. Clare Vulliamy's Dotty Detective returns with Dotty Detective: Midnight Mystery and there's a new King Flashypants book from Andy Riley - King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong! We also speak with picture book creators Rachel Bright and Jim Field about The Koala Who Could; illustrator Ryan Wheatcroft talks about depicting different families in We are Family; and picture book creator Jim Stoten tells us how his joyously quirky Mr Tweed's Busy Day came about. Finally, Abi Elphinstone tells us about her final Dreamsnatcher book, The Night Spinner.

Who Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans

Maz Evans is our Children's Author of the Month! In her debut novel, Who Let the Gods Out, Elliot is struggling to keep things together at school and at home, but when the immortal, Virgo, lands in the cowshed, Elliot's problems really begin! We asked author Maz Evans to tell us more about Who Let the Gods Out.

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The Witch's Tears (The Witch's Kiss Trilogy, Book 2)
Katharine Corr

We speak to authors Elizabeth and Katherine Corr, our YA Authors of the Month, about their thrilling THE WITCH'S TEARS, the sequel to The Witch's Kiss, about teenaged Merry who is training to be a witch. With mysterious deaths, stabbings and the disappearance of her gran, Merry has her hands full....

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Midnight Mystery (Dotty Detective, Book 3)
Clara Vulliamy

If you're looking to introduce young readers to the detective genre, then the illustrated Dotty Detective series from Clara Vulliamy is the perfect way to do so. Starring Dot, her trusty sidekick Beans and McClusky the dog, the trio set about solving mysteries that are close to home. Dotty Detective: Midnight Mystery is the third book in the series, which is ideal for confident younger readers.

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King Flashypants and the Creature From Crong: Book 2
Andy Riley

King Edwin Flashypants is back in a new adventure involving monsters, quests and the evil Emperor Nurbison. A huge and terrifying monster is on the prowl and, being a King, Edwin decides it is his duty to fight it - but the sneaky Emperor Nurbison is hatching his own plans.... The King Flashypants books are funny, quirky and action-packed, ideal for children aged six years plus and newly confident readers. Author Andy Riley tells us more.

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The Koala Who Could
Rachel Bright

The Koala Who Could follows Rachel Bright and Jim Field's previous collaboration, The Lion Inside, both about young creatures being brave. In The Koala Who Could, we meet Kevin - a koala - who is reluctant to leave his favourite tree to explore the wider world, until a mishap forces him to do just that... We asked author Rachel Bright and illustrator Jim Field to tell us more about their new picture book.

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We Are Family
Ryan Wheatcroft

We Are Family explores different kinds of families and can be used to encourage children to talk about their own experiences. The story follow ten different families through their everyday activities and events - big things and small - in one day. We asked illustrator Ryan Wheatcroft to tell us more about We Are Family and his work as an illustrator.

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Mr Tweed's Busy Day
Jim Stoten

Mr Tweed's Busy Day is a playful and gloriously colourful 'finding' book of lush landscapes, strange, oversized animals and hidden creatures. It is also a counting book, as the reader has to find one to ten hidden things on each spread, so children will practice numbers and counting without even realising that they are learning. We spoke to author and illustrator Jim Stoten about his new book.

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The Night Spinner
Abi Elphinstone

The Night Spinner is the final book in the Dreamsnatcher trilogy by Abi Elphinstone, charting feisty heroine Moll Pecksniff's battle against darkness and the shadowmasks. These atmospheric, pacy adventure stories have garnered plenty of young fans and the concluding story is heartfelt and dramatic.

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Bookclub Highlights

We have free copies to give away for reviews. Please email your school details to info@readingzone.com for the chance to win a copy.


Dr Seuss: What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss
'I read this to my class aged 7-9 and they loved it. By the end of it the whole class was shouting and voting for different animals and trying to convince their friends to pick their animal', says our reviewer. Read further Discussion & Activity ideas here:

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Attack of the Alien Dung!
Gareth P. Jones
Look out for the Pet Defenders, who are on a mission to save the world from a hungry bug that wants to eat it! Meet Pet Defender Biskit (a dog) and his new partner, Mitzy (a cat). But can a dog and cat get along well enough to do the job in hand....? We asked author Gareth P Jones to tell us more!

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Fir
Sharon Gosling
Fans of the Red Eye horror list for teenagers will be thrilled to discover a new title in the range! Fir offers an eerie blend of mystery, suspense and horror, lurking at the edges of the remote Scandinavian forests in which it is set. We asked author Sharon Gosling to tell us more!

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We would like to thank publishers HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, Chicken House, Flying Eye Books, Hachette Children's Books, Stripes Publishing and Caterpillar Books for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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