Latest Book Reviews

  • 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...

  • Pip and Posy's Big Book of Words

    There's something about an oversized book which makes them even more exciting and appealing to look at! Pip and Posy's Big Book of Words...

  • Sometimes Families . . .

    We really loved reading Sometimes Families...! Each page rhymes and flows nicely as you read and the pictures are big, bold and clear wit...

  • When I Became Your Daddy

    When I Became Your Daddy is a sweet rhyming book about the relationship between a father and their child. This beautifully illustrated bo...

  • Goodnight Babies . . .

    Goodnight Babies is a really sweet book, perfect as a bedtime story. The story flows as you're reading and rhymes on each page. The pictu...

  • The Tooth Fairy and the Crocodile

    The Tooth Fairy and the Crocodile is another hit from Julia Donaldson. Children will love listening to the story of a tooth fairy visitin...

  • Bear vs Dragon

    Bear vs Dragon is the tale of two rather unlikely animals and a bridge. Both animals want to cross the bridge, but they don't see eye-to-...

  • The Cat at Night

    At first glance, The Cat at Night is a book I might have dismissed. The illustrations are very old fashioned. However, when you begin to...

  • Sharky McShark and the Shiny Shell Squabble

    Sharky McShark and the Shiny Shell Squabble has so much to offer to the reader. A fun book set on the ocean floor with characters that ch...

  • Hedgehog's Balloon (A Percy the Park Keeper Story)

    I absolutely adore that Percy the Park Keeper is still a prominent character known to this generation; just as he was in my childhood. He has been around...

  • Does a Bear Wash its Hair?: Animals eat, sleep and poo, just like you!

    Does a Bear Wash its Hair? is a wonderful exploration of animals and their habits! Through the perfect mix of rhyming te...

  • The Boy, the Troll and the Chalk

    The Boy, the Troll and the Chalk is a poignant story about friendship, perseverance and kindness. Everyone knew that a big, fierce troll...

  • British Museum: Going for Gold (an Ancient Greek Puzzle Mystery)

    Andy Seed has partnered again with the experts at the British Museum to create this wonderful book to immerse children in the wonders of the Olympics. Per...

  • 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...

  • The Poo That Grew

    The Poo that Grew will definitely get your attention and so will the front cover of this new book by the talented duo Peter Bently and Ni...

  • Destiny Ink: Sleepover Surprise

    Destiny Ink: Sleepover Surprise is a brilliant book focused around the fears of the first sleepover. This is something that most children...

  • Mushrooms Know: Wisdom From Our Friends the Fungi

    Mushrooms Know: Wisdom From Our Friends the Fungi is an incredibly deceptive book - a bit like its starring fungi! Despite looking like a...

  • Bird, Bee and Bug Houses: Homes and Habitats for Garden Wildlife

    Bird, Bee and Bug Houses is a beautifully crafted nature book, packed full of information, ideas and instructions on activities to help y...

  • Outdoor Science: 30 Awesome STEM Experiments to Try at Home

    Having already read and reviewed two other fantastic non-fiction activity books by this duo of authors (Science School and Kitchen Science), I knew that t...

  • Freya's Gold

    Freya's Gold is a perfectly perilous and deliciously dramatic middle grade novel with a pacey plot, an endearingly under-confident heroine, a shar...

  • Dungeon Runners: Hero Trial

    Dungeon Runners Level 1: Hero Trial is a great book to put into the hands of those newly independent readers who are drawn to the fantasy...

  • Dragon Force: Devourer's Attack

    Dragon Force: Devourer's Attack is part of an exciting new series by Katie and Kevin Tsang. The first book was fantastic, and this one co...

  • The Cheat Book (1): Can Kamal cheat his way on to the cool table?

    Kamal desperately wants to be one of the 'cool' kids at school, but life is not making it easy. So, when he finds a book called 'The Cheat Book' he decide...

  • Alyssa and the Spell Garden

    Alyssa is not having a good time at the moment. Her mum and dad are going through a tough time which could possibly mean that a divorce is on the horizon....

  • Bird Boy

    Bird Boy is a beautiful book from Catherine Bruton, the author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria. Home schooled for two years, 12-year-old Will...

  • Hannah Messenger and the Gods of Hockwold

    It's always fun to read a new book inspired by the Greek myths and this one's a hoot. The plotting is tight and pacy, and draws on motifs and back...

  • 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...

  • SATs Like a Ninja: Key facts and revision tips to supercharge your SATs

    If you are coming to the end of Year 5 and getting ready to start your last year in primary school, you need SATs Like a Ninja. It is bri...

  • The Wanderdays: Journey To Fantome Island

    The Wanderdays: Journey To Fantome Island is a new adventure series from the popular middle grade author Clare Povey. Will you be brave e...

  • The Love Interest

    Helen Comerford's debut novel The Love Interest is set in 2024 and provides us with a unique take on the superhero genre. I found myself...

  • Hannah Messenger and the Gods of Hockwold

    In a small enclave near Cambridge live the descendants of the Greek gods. Hannah Messenger is the grand-daughter of Hermes, currently in prison. Entry to...

  • These Stolen Lives

    Sharada Keat's debut dystopian YA novel These Stolen Lives is a complex narrative about living in a world following the invasion of the t...

  • The Mystery of the Forever Weekend

    Although The Mystery of the Forever Weekend is essentially a mystery, Lisa Thompson has written an excellent book which I would highly re...

  • Explodapedia: Rewild - Can Nature heal Our World?

    The latest in the excellent 'Explodapedia' series, Rewild: Can Nature heal Our World? is a very engaging and accessible read. Guided by c...

  • Angel of Grasmere: From Dunkirk to the Fells

    Tom Palmer's eagerly awaited latest book is worth the wait, offering fans of his work another excellent, thought-provoking story featuring both the battle...

  • Sisters of Sword and Shadow

    Cass leads a sheltered life living on her family farm, working hard with her older sister Mary but also able to roam free and enjoy the countryside. Soon...

  • This Book Won't Burn

    18 year old Noor's life is turned upside down when her father walks out of their Chicago home unexpectedly to start a new life in London. Distraught, her...

  • Us in the Before and After

    Mab has found Elk. Elk didn't know she needed finding, but now she wouldn't have it any other way. In the 'free-range' Mab, she has gained a new best frie...

  • All the Hidden Monsters

    All the Hidden Monsters is a perfect, twisty, supernatural thriller that you simply won't be able to put down. Oren works for the Arcanum...

  • Not Like Other Girls

    Not Like Other Girls is not quite like other YA thrillers. It skilfully combines a complex, tense and twisty mystery with a fake-...

  • Twin Crowns (Twin Crowns, Book 1)

    Twin Crowns is the first book in a new YA fantasy that is full of adventure, magic and wonderful characters. . .  Twin sisters have been...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • 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...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

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

  • 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...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

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

  • 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...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Helen Comerford

    Helen Comerford

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

  • 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...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

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

  • 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...

  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

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

  • 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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    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024 The winners of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024, challenging those aged four to 18 years to make a picture book, will...

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    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.

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    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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