Latest Book Reviews

  • A Cedric and Boo Book: Two Birthdays

    At the beginning of this simple, charming picture book, we are introduced to two best friends; Cedric the crocodile and Boo the elephant. The story starts...

  • Pavlo Gets the Grumps

    Pavlo is a cat who feels a bit down in the dumps. He does not want to do anything his mum suggests; he says 'no' to the park, 'no' to swimming and even 'n...

  • Adventure Babies

    Learn to count from one to 10 with the adventure babies as they dive, go on rollercoasters, surf and do circus tricks! This is an easy-to-follow book with...

  • Hide and Seek with the Baby Animals

    Play hide and seek with the noisy baby animals.in this interactive, lift the flap book. This book is a great read for babies to toddlers; it's brightly co...

  • Peekaboo Dog

    Another great picture book from Camilla Reid! Peekaboo Dog is filled with brightly coloured pictures and clear, bold text. Each page has...

  • Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Jungle

    Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Jungle is an excellent book for any jungle or animal loving baby/toddler!  This book will help to imme...

  • Dig, Dig, Dinosaur

    In Dig, Dig, Dinosaur, we join three little explorers as they search for dinosaurs, hoping to find something really big!  The illustratio...

  • Fergal is Fretting!

    Fergal is so excited when Dad tells him that his friend, Elspeth, is coming for a visit. But then he starts to worry. It's been such a long time since he...

  • Love, the Earth

    Love, the Earth is such an emotive and thought-proving book in the best way possible. It is suitable for the littlest of toddlers right u...

  • The Mermaid Moon

    This book is magical! The Mermaid Moon follows an exciting time in two friends' lives; a time when moon magic allows for sea creatures to...

  • Pip and Posy: Summer Games: TV tie-in picture book

    Your child may already know the famous mouse and rabbit, Pip and Posy, from the popular tv series which focuses on the wonderful world of play and friends...

  • Changing Tides

    Lula is excited that she and her dad are going on a trip to the seaside - her favourite place. But this visit will be different because Theo and his mum,...

  • Godfrey is a Frog

    Oh Godfrey! This wonderful story tells the tale of Godfrey as he changes from an egg into a frog and develops eyes, legs, arms and a tongue. He enjoys eac...

  • The Boy Who Painted The World

    Wow! This book is absolutely full of opportunity for imaginative development. From seeing an imperfection as something quite perfect and boosting self-est...

  • Huxley and Flapjack: Trouble at Sea

    One hot day, when Flapjack is keeping cool, reading his book in the bath, Huxley has one of his bright ideas and decides that they should go to the seasid...

  • Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies

    This book is really funny.  I like all the books of Wigglesbottom Primary that you make - please continue making these books. I'm looking forward to seein...

  • Bertha and Blink: Rumble in the Jungle

    Bertha and Blink: Rumble in the Jungle is the first book in an exciting new series and both myself, and my 8-year-old daughter really enj...

  • Unicornia: Learning to Fly

    Learning to Fly is the first title in the series Unicornia with three further titles announced for publication next year...

  • How to Launch a Tech Start-Up: Robotics, Gaming and Other Tech Jobs

    Nosy Crow has produced a glossy, vibrant and absolutely up-to-date look at all things technological with this stunning information book, How to La...

  • Lola and Larch Save the Sunshine Spell

    This book is exactly the type that would catch my daughter's eye on a shelf in the bookshop, with its beautiful front cover depicting Lola (the human) and...

  • Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self-Destruct

    This Book Will Self-Destruct is a vibrant, engaging graphic novel which will be a huge hit with independent readers. The...

  • Oddney's Otherland: Chronicles from Beneath the Shed

    Oddney's Otherland: Chronicles from Beneath the Shed takes us into the fantastical landscapes of Otherland, a world that Professor Oddney...

  • The Great Crisp Robbery

    I'm sure this is going to be another hit for creative duo Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, because children were asking to be first to read it even be...

  • Oddney's Otherland: Chronicles from Beneath the Shed

    One day Professor Oddney and his friendly pet magpie, uncover a secret passageway to another world. Intrigued, and remembering a journal of his uncle's th...

  • The Voyage of Sam Singh

    The Voyage of Sam Singh is the second stunning and enchanting tale from Gita Ralleigh's alternative colonial India. The first in the seri...

  • Amir and the Jinn Princess

    12-year-old Amir lives a privileged life; his father runs a prestigious brick-making company in Lahore, Pakistan. The youngest of three siblings, Amir has...

  • The Houdini Inheritance

    I absolutely loved The Houdini Inheritance! What's not to like in a book that has magic, adventure, and trans-Atlantic travel? It'...

  • Back of the Net

    Back of the Net is a joyous book which, ultimately, celebrates the value of true friendship. Eva, the main character, is a skilled footba...

  • How to Launch a Tech Start-Up: Robotics, Gaming and Other Tech Jobs

    This slim paperback is bursting with interesting facts, presented in easy-to-read clear typeface (some emboldened, allowing readers to skim and scan with...

  • The Boy to Beat the Gods

    The Boy to Beat the Gods is a richly evocative and fascinating adventure taking inspiration from, and rooted in, the culture of African s...

  • Taylor Blake Is a Legend: The teen debut from the bestselling rom-com author

    14-year-old Taylor Blake has never been kissed, and is obsessed with trying to resolve this dilemma. Now that she is in Year 9, she is part of a French ex...

  • A History of my Weird

    A History of My Weird is an honest and insightful portrayal of life with autism. Our main character, Mo, opens the reader's eyes to the r...

  • I Wish You Would: the summer's swooniest YA romance

    A drama-filled love story is only just beginning when seven private confessions are scattered across the beach with secrets threatening to tear everyone a...

  • A History of my Weird

    Mo finds starting at secondary school very difficult. Her friends from primary school no longer want to talk to her and she finds the whole situation at s...

  • Sleep Like Death: From the author of TikTok sensation Cinderella is Dead

    Cinderella is Dead, the clever and compelling feminist reinvention of the classic fairytale, was an instant hit....

  • Girl, Missing: The top-ten bestselling thriller

    This book has got me hooked on the Girl, Missing series. Me and my friend exchange books a lot as we have similar taste in books and this...

  • The Virtue Season

    The Virtue Season is a story about survival, about injustice and about the pressure society can put on friendships.  18-year-old Manon ha...

  • Us in the Before and After

    From the start of Us in the Before and After, there is a tangible sense that the protagonists of this story have secrets to tell and that...

  • Time Travelling with a Tortoise

    Although I am a 45 year old maths teacher, I like time travelling stories. I have seen and read a lot but thought it was the best in the known space-time...

  • Find Me After

    Find Me After begins with a trigger warning; it explores the fragility of life and was inspired by the author's own life experience with...

  • The Last Thing You'll Hear

    The Last Thing You'll Hear is a compulsive read - I was gripped from the start. The story tells of two musical sisters, 17-year-old Wren...

  • Slowcoach: A feel-good teen summer romance

    For 16 year old Ruby, the summer has finally come and GCSEs are over.  It's time for her to hang out with her best friends in the park, doing a bit of rol...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami's first children's book, Dig, Dig, Dinosaur, is aimed at sharing her passion about...

  • Alex Latimer

    Alex Latimer

    Award-winning writer and illustrator Alex Latimer introduces Godfrey is a Frog, a hilarious picture book about being content...

  • Tom McLaughlin

    Tom McLaughlin

    Tom McLaughlin introduces The Boy Who Painted the World, his new picture book that encourages children to embrace creativity...

  • Susannah Lloyd & Kate Hindley: Who Ate Steve?

    Susannah Lloyd & Kate Hindley: Who Ate Steve?

    Susannah Lloyd is the author of picture books including Who Ate Steve?, Here Be Giants and Here Be Dragons....

  • Gloria Goes for Gold by Marina Firth & Annabel Tempest

    Gloria Goes for Gold by Marina Firth & Annabel Tempest

    Discover a young hippo who loves her medal-winning family, but who wants to win a prize al...

  • Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to London as a teenager. S...

  • Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson joins ReadingZone to introduce her picture books, Martha Maps it Out and Martha Maps it Out in Time...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Jarvis

    Jarvis

    Jarvis, author of The Boy With Flowers In His Hair, shares his new picture book, Thank You, with ReadingZone. Jarvis's earli...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Award-winning author and illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo introduces her new picture book, I Love Books, on ReadingZone. <p...

  • Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman and Guilherme Karsten tell ReadingZone how a traditional children's song i...

  • James Carter

    James Carter

    James Carter introduces Once Upon a Big Idea, the latest in his poetry books exploring ideas and science ab...

  • Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed and illustrator Hazem Asif introduce their new picture book, The Best Eid Ever.      </p...

  • Matty Long

    Matty Long

    Matty Long creates picture books including Who Rules the Rockpool?, the Super Happy Magic Forest series, Turbo Bunnies, and...

  • Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson lives in Cornwall in the UK with her husband and dog, cat, ducks and a tortoise called Hercules...

  • Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle's new picture book, A Horse Called Now, explores children's worries with the help of a horse, No...

  • Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in...

  • Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy grew up in South Wales, on a council estate firmly sandwiched between the steel and chemica...

  • John Kane

    John Kane

    When John Kane was younger, he liked to make up stories for his little sister. Jimmy and Bear, who appeared in them, are sti...

  • Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh introduces The Voyage of Sam Singh, the adventurous follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Destiny of M...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Houdini Inheritance, explores the intrigue and mystery of...

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

    MT Khan is back to tell us about her new novel, Amir and the Jinn Princess, which returns us to the world o...

  • Sarah Matthews & Rodney Matthews

    Sarah Matthews & Rodney Matthews

    Sarah and Rodney Matthews have created a new children's fantasy adventure, Oddney's Otherland: Chronicles from Benea...

  • Alan MacDonald

    Alan MacDonald

    Alan MacDonald introduces his brilliant new series for younger readers about best friends Huxley, a koala b...

  • Adeola Sokunbi

    Adeola Sokunbi

    Destiny Ink: Sleepover Surprise is Adeola Sokunbi's first book for children. Adeola is both a writer and illustrator, and an...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Discover ancient gods, mysterious thefts, and new friends in Hannah Messenger and the Gods of Hockwold, Bryony Pearc...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Transcendent, the action-packed debut by Patrick Gallagher, explores the climate crisis against a backdrop of Uganda...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

    Find out what inspired Jennifer Bell's wondrous new series, Magicalia: Race of Wonders!  Londoner Jennifer Bell worke...

  • Ramzee

    Ramzee

    Author and comic creator Ramzee joins ReadingZone to tell us about his school days, a 'cheat book', and making reade...

  • Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo, author of Welcome to Lagos, introduces her first children's book, Mayowa and the Sea of Words</stron...

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

    Freya's Gold by Fiona Longmuir is a mystery story about a secret tunnel, hidden treasure and a community fighting to...

  • Ross Montgomery

    Ross Montgomery

    Author Ross Montgomery tells ReadingZone about his new book, I Am Rebel, about a dog's quest to save the boy who res...

  • Kieran Larwood:  Dungeon Runners

    Kieran Larwood: Dungeon Runners

    Kieran Larwood lives on the Isle of Wight where he enjoys exploring rockpools, climbing trees and writing....

  • Alex Falase-Koya

    Alex Falase-Koya

    Author of the Marv superhero books, Alex Falase-Koya has been writing since he was a teenager and in 2019 w...

  • Manon Steffan Ros

    Manon Steffan Ros

    Carnegie-winning author Manon Steffan Ros tells ReadingZone about her new novel, Me and Aaron Ramsey. Manon was born...

  • Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner, historian, author and podcast host, tells ReadingZone about his new Totally Chaotic History series, sta...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Time Travel Twins series (Andersen Press) takes its readers back in time to explore different...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw's hilarious new graphic novel series, Bad United, stars Hoof the unicorn in a football team with some unusual...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree hous...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs.  She grew up in North C...

  • Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows.  He is als...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Guy Bass:  Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass: Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass introduces Hugh Dunnit, 'a self-styled detective who loves nothing more than cracking cases and solving mys...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang introduce their new Dragon Force adventure, Devourer's Attack, in this special ReadingZone fea...

  • Steve Webb

    Steve Webb

    Steve Webb tells ReadingZone about his hilarious new graphic novel about the newest superheroes in town, Peng and Sp...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    The bestselling Stitch Head series is getting a new look - as a graphic novel!  Author Guy Bass and illustr...

  • Justin Somper

    Justin Somper

    Justin Somper, author of Vampirates, introduces his brand new pirate series, Pirate Academy! Justin grew up in St Alb...

  • James Nicol

    James Nicol

    James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch series, tells ReadingZone about his new eco fantasy, The Cloud Thief. Jam...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Lola and Larch is Sinéad O'Hart's first chapter book series for young readers. Her books for older readers include...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo introduces her magical new story, The Magician Next Door, and tells Re...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

    Rex Dinosaur in Disguise is the brilliantly funny novel for younger readers from E...

  • Jenny McLachlan

    Jenny McLachlan

    Stink the troublesome fairy is back in Fairy Vs Wizard  Jenny McLachlan's first b...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    Alex Bell introduces her magical new middle grade novel, The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts, the latest in a range of  nove...

  • Bex Hogan

    Bex Hogan

    Bronte Tempestra is author Bex Hogan's first young fiction series and it's packed with adventure, friendship and magical cre...

  • Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh introduces The Voyage of Sam Singh, the adventurous follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Destiny of M...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Houdini Inheritance, explores the intrigue and mystery of...

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

    MT Khan is back to tell us about her new novel, Amir and the Jinn Princess, which returns us to the world o...

  • Laura Jane Williams

    Laura Jane Williams

    Queen of the cute-meet Laura Jane Williams introduces her debut novel for teenagers, Taylor Blake i...

  • Chloë Heuch

    Chloë Heuch

    Chloë Heuch introduces her new novel, A History of my Weird, which challenges our perceptions of autism. Chloë was bo...

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford is a Black mixed-race British debut author and is passionate about Black British and mixed...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Transcendent, the action-packed debut by Patrick Gallagher, explores the climate crisis against a backdrop of Uganda...

  • Manon Steffan Ros

    Manon Steffan Ros

    Carnegie-winning author Manon Steffan Ros tells ReadingZone about her new novel, Me and Aaron Ramsey. Manon was born...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a writer and editor. Her recent books include Beyonce (Knowles-Carter) and Nelson (Mandela), whi...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dåsnes is an author and illustrator. Cross My Heart and Never Lie is her debut as a writer and illustr...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop's new book, On Silver Tides, is her first novel for teenagers. Sylvia spent an entire childhood reading fictio...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Laura Jane Williams

    Laura Jane Williams

    Queen of the cute-meet Laura Jane Williams introduces her debut novel for teenagers, Taylor Blake i...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine introduces her new YA book, Us in the Before and After, a powerful and absorbing novel about friendship, fir...

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford is a Black mixed-race British debut author and is passionate about Black British and mixed...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain tells ReadingZone what inspired her latest page-turning YA novel, One Last Breath. ...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite is British-Nigerian and has drawn on her heritage to create the world of Goddess Crown. She spent a significant...

  • Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain lives in Belfast where she works with disabled students in further education. Her debut novel, Fly...

  • Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Hollow, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares a...

  • Adeola Sokunbi

    Adeola Sokunbi

    Destiny Ink: Sleepover Surprise is Adeola Sokunbi's first book for children. Adeola is both a writer and illustrator, and an...

  • Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami's first children's book, Dig, Dig, Dinosaur, is aimed at sharing her passion about...

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford is a Black mixed-race British debut author and is passionate about Black British and mixed...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Transcendent, the action-packed debut by Patrick Gallagher, explores the climate crisis against a backdrop of Uganda...

  • Ramzee

    Ramzee

    Author and comic creator Ramzee joins ReadingZone to tell us about his school days, a 'cheat book', and making reade...

  • Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo, author of Welcome to Lagos, introduces her first children's book, Mayowa and the Sea of Words</stron...

  • Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to London as a teenager. S...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh

    Gita Ralleigh introduces The Voyage of Sam Singh, the adventurous follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Destiny of M...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Houdini Inheritance, explores the intrigue and mystery of...

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

    MT Khan is back to tell us about her new novel, Amir and the Jinn Princess, which returns us to the world o...

  • Sarah Matthews & Rodney Matthews

    Sarah Matthews & Rodney Matthews

    Sarah and Rodney Matthews have created a new children's fantasy adventure, Oddney's Otherland: Chronicles from Benea...

  • Alan MacDonald

    Alan MacDonald

    Alan MacDonald introduces his brilliant new series for younger readers about best friends Huxley, a koala b...

  • Adeola Sokunbi

    Adeola Sokunbi

    Destiny Ink: Sleepover Surprise is Adeola Sokunbi's first book for children. Adeola is both a writer and illustrator, and an...

  • Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami

    Professor Anjali Goswami's first children's book, Dig, Dig, Dinosaur, is aimed at sharing her passion about...

  • Laura Jane Williams

    Laura Jane Williams

    Queen of the cute-meet Laura Jane Williams introduces her debut novel for teenagers, Taylor Blake i...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine introduces her new YA book, Us in the Before and After, a powerful and absorbing novel about friendship, fir...

  • Chloë Heuch

    Chloë Heuch

    Chloë Heuch introduces her new novel, A History of my Weird, which challenges our perceptions of autism. Chloë was bo...

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford is a Black mixed-race British debut author and is passionate about Black British and mixed...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Discover ancient gods, mysterious thefts, and new friends in Hannah Messenger and the Gods of Hockwold, Bryony Pearc...

  • Alex Latimer

    Alex Latimer

    Award-winning writer and illustrator Alex Latimer introduces Godfrey is a Frog, a hilarious picture book about being content...

  • Tom McLaughlin

    Tom McLaughlin

    Tom McLaughlin introduces The Boy Who Painted the World, his new picture book that encourages children to embrace creativity...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Transcendent, the action-packed debut by Patrick Gallagher, explores the climate crisis against a backdrop of Uganda...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

    Find out what inspired Jennifer Bell's wondrous new series, Magicalia: Race of Wonders!  Londoner Jennifer Bell worke...

  • Susannah Lloyd & Kate Hindley: Who Ate Steve?

    Susannah Lloyd & Kate Hindley: Who Ate Steve?

    Susannah Lloyd is the author of picture books including Who Ate Steve?, Here Be Giants and Here Be Dragons....

  • Gloria Goes for Gold by Marina Firth & Annabel Tempest

    Gloria Goes for Gold by Marina Firth & Annabel Tempest

    Discover a young hippo who loves her medal-winning family, but who wants to win a prize al...

  • Ramzee

    Ramzee

    Author and comic creator Ramzee joins ReadingZone to tell us about his school days, a 'cheat book', and making reade...

  • Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo

    Chibundu Onuzo, author of Welcome to Lagos, introduces her first children's book, Mayowa and the Sea of Words</stron...

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

    Freya's Gold by Fiona Longmuir is a mystery story about a secret tunnel, hidden treasure and a community fighting to...

  • Ross Montgomery

    Ross Montgomery

    Author Ross Montgomery tells ReadingZone about his new book, I Am Rebel, about a dog's quest to save the boy who res...

  • Kieran Larwood:  Dungeon Runners

    Kieran Larwood: Dungeon Runners

    Kieran Larwood lives on the Isle of Wight where he enjoys exploring rockpools, climbing trees and writing....

  • Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira & Mark Chambers: Bear Vs Dragon

    Marcela Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to London as a teenager. S...

  • Alex Falase-Koya

    Alex Falase-Koya

    Author of the Marv superhero books, Alex Falase-Koya has been writing since he was a teenager and in 2019 w...

  • Manon Steffan Ros

    Manon Steffan Ros

    Carnegie-winning author Manon Steffan Ros tells ReadingZone about her new novel, Me and Aaron Ramsey. Manon was born...

  • Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner, historian, author and podcast host, tells ReadingZone about his new Totally Chaotic History series, sta...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Time Travel Twins series (Andersen Press) takes its readers back in time to explore different...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw's hilarious new graphic novel series, Bad United, stars Hoof the unicorn in a football team with some unusual...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree hous...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson joins ReadingZone to introduce her picture books, Martha Maps it Out and Martha Maps it Out in Time...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a writer and editor. Her recent books include Beyonce (Knowles-Carter) and Nelson (Mandela), whi...

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs.  She grew up in North C...

  • Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows.  He is als...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dåsnes is an author and illustrator. Cross My Heart and Never Lie is her debut as a writer and illustr...

  • Guy Bass:  Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass: Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass introduces Hugh Dunnit, 'a self-styled detective who loves nothing more than cracking cases and solving mys...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang introduce their new Dragon Force adventure, Devourer's Attack, in this special ReadingZone fea...

  • Steve Webb

    Steve Webb

    Steve Webb tells ReadingZone about his hilarious new graphic novel about the newest superheroes in town, Peng and Sp...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    The bestselling Stitch Head series is getting a new look - as a graphic novel!  Author Guy Bass and illustr...

  • Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain tells ReadingZone what inspired her latest page-turning YA novel, One Last Breath. ...

  • Justin Somper

    Justin Somper

    Justin Somper, author of Vampirates, introduces his brand new pirate series, Pirate Academy! Justin grew up in St Alb...

  • Jarvis

    Jarvis

    Jarvis, author of The Boy With Flowers In His Hair, shares his new picture book, Thank You, with ReadingZone. Jarvis's earli...

  • James Nicol

    James Nicol

    James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch series, tells ReadingZone about his new eco fantasy, The Cloud Thief. Jam...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Award-winning author and illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo introduces her new picture book, I Love Books, on ReadingZone. <p...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Lola and Larch is Sinéad O'Hart's first chapter book series for young readers. Her books for older readers include...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman and Guilherme Karsten tell ReadingZone how a traditional children's song i...

  • Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo introduces her magical new story, The Magician Next Door, and tells Re...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

    Rex Dinosaur in Disguise is the brilliantly funny novel for younger readers from E...

  • James Carter

    James Carter

    James Carter introduces Once Upon a Big Idea, the latest in his poetry books exploring ideas and science ab...

  • Jenny McLachlan

    Jenny McLachlan

    Stink the troublesome fairy is back in Fairy Vs Wizard  Jenny McLachlan's first b...

  • Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop's new book, On Silver Tides, is her first novel for teenagers. Sylvia spent an entire childhood reading fictio...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed and illustrator Hazem Asif introduce their new picture book, The Best Eid Ever.      </p...

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    Alex Bell introduces her magical new middle grade novel, The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts, the latest in a range of  nove...

  • Bex Hogan

    Bex Hogan

    Bronte Tempestra is author Bex Hogan's first young fiction series and it's packed with adventure, friendship and magical cre...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Matty Long

    Matty Long

    Matty Long creates picture books including Who Rules the Rockpool?, the Super Happy Magic Forest series, Turbo Bunnies, and...

  • Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite is British-Nigerian and has drawn on her heritage to create the world of Goddess Crown. She spent a significant...

  • Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain lives in Belfast where she works with disabled students in further education. Her debut novel, Fly...

  • Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Hollow, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares a...

  • Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson lives in Cornwall in the UK with her husband and dog, cat, ducks and a tortoise called Hercules...

  • Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle's new picture book, A Horse Called Now, explores children's worries with the help of a horse, No...

  • Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in...

  • Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy grew up in South Wales, on a council estate firmly sandwiched between the steel and chemica...

  • John Kane

    John Kane

    When John Kane was younger, he liked to make up stories for his little sister. Jimmy and Bear, who appeared in them, are sti...

  • Rachel Greener

    Rachel Greener

    Rachel Greener is a children's books editor from London who has written and edited fiction, non-fiction and...

  • Marcus Sedgwick

    Marcus Sedgwick

    Marcus Sedgwick was a full time author who died unexpectedly in November 2022. He was 54.  He grew up in Kent and had been l...

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

    William Hussey's The Outrage, set in a future England that has become a fascist state, is published this mo...

  • Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick has always written her own stories and loves illustrating, so it's no surprise that she has now written and il...

  • Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Tamara Anegon attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. Following this, she studied for a masters d...

  • William Goldsmith

    William Goldsmith

    William Goldsmith is a British writer and illustrator. Published by Jonathan Cape, his gra...

  • Tom Nicoll

    Tom Nicoll

    Tom Nicoll has been writing since school, where he enjoyed penning essays that were as silly as possible. Tom lives near Edi...

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This month’s highlights

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    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Winners of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024 announced We are thrilled to announce the winners of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024, judged by Ste...

  • Book Trailers

    Make a Book Trailer

    Make a Book Trailer

    Create a Book Trailer Create a book trailer of your favourite book or your latest bookclub read for ReadingZone, and encourage others to read the book!  Or you can use it...

  • Podcasts

    Create your own Podcast

    Create your own Podcast

    Bex, a presenter for Fun Kids, has put together a simple guide for us about creating podcasts and gives us some top tips for starting your own podcast.

  • Videos & Vlogs

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Ever wanted to create your own vlog, but don't know how to get started? In these videos, author and book vlogger Lucy Powrie (lucythereader) gives her tips on getting started, what to inc...

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