Latest Book Reviews

  • Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

    Prepare to fall head over heels in love with Ruffles and his little puppy friends in David Melling's latest picture book series for young readers. Beautif...

  • 123 (Percy the Park Keeper)

    Percy the Park Keeper has been a common addition to libraries and book collections for over 30 years and this latest release is aimed at the youngest of P...

  • All Aboard the Numbers Train

    What a joyful approach to counting, I can see fun-loving youngsters really enjoying this journey on the 'Numbers Train'! In this space-themed counting boo...

  • Animal Homes

    A great introduction to non-fiction books, this lovely pop-up book tells children about a variety of different animal homes. From mice to arctic foxes, each...

  • Hop Little Bunnies

    This book is similar to the nursery rhyme of the same name, and uses the same structure to wake up different animals - bunnies, lambs, chicks, kittens and du...

  • The Little Seed: A classic bedtime story to read together

    A lovely new picture book aimed at really little ones. 'Moon and Me' has already hit CBeebies with its new show reminiscent of 'In the Night Garden'. This...

  • Nature's Toy Box

    When Mum turns off the TV, Tilly does not know what to do! Despite the huge amounts of toys in her toybox, she is fed up and goes to stare out of the window....

  • The Worrying Worries

    When a little child finds a worry, they decide to keep it as a pet and take it everywhere with them. Soon, the worry starts to take over their life, making i...

  • Luna Loves Art

    Luna is bursting with excitement. Today, her class are going on a school trip to an art gallery and mum is coming as a parent helper. Everyone is looking for...

  • Once Upon a Mermaid's Tail

    Do you know how mermaids got their tails? It all began once upon a magic ocean, with a little boy called Theodore who loved to collect fish. One day, he f...

  • All Aboard the Opposites Train

    This is a great book that follows six friends who go on a train journey through a land of dinosaurs, where they see lots of opposites which are clearly sh...

  • Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up

    Busy Spring is a fine example of both a fiction and non fiction book rolled into one.Centred around a young girl, her dad and younger sister,...

  • Omar, The Bees And Me

    When Omar, the new boy at school, brings in honey cake that reminds him of his beekeeping grandpa back in Syria, the class get talking about the importance o...

  • Swim, Shark, Swim!

    Swim, Shark, Swim! is an absolute delight. It is the second book in the Wild Wanderers series (Leap, Hare, Leap! is the first book) and it introduces childre...

  • Old Macdonald Had a Phone

    Old Macdonald loves his phone. It helps him to organise things on the farm and keep it running smoothly. However, when he needs to order a new one, he ends u...

  • The Invisible

    With "The Invisible", Tom Percival has created one of the most beautiful books I have read in recent years. Centered around Isabel, a young girl who lives w...

  • The Secret Life of Bees: Meet the bees of the world, with Buzzwing the honeybee

    Follow Buzzwing the honey bee on an unforgettable journey as you discover the secrets of the busy, buzzing world of bees. This is a beautifully written an...

  • The Rock from the Sky

    A cast of three contemplate and deliberate the significance of a large rock in this zen-like conversation-based tale. An unexpected other worldly c...

  • By Ash, Oak and Thorn

    By Ash, Oak and Thorn is full of the wonder of nature and the environment. Explore the world from a different perspective and join three funny and caring bei...

  • Monster Doughnuts (Monster Doughnuts 1)

    A completely wacky and hilarious story about a 10-year-old girl who is a monster hunter! But Grace isn’t any normal monster hunter, she has discovered tha...

  • Pizazz vs the New Kid: The super awesome new superhero series!

    The amazing new sequel - Pizazz vs The New Kid by Sophy Henn - is a witty reminder that superheroes are human too. This humorous story mixes the reality of b...

  • The Incredible Record Smashers

    The Incredible Record Smashers is the tale of a girl whose mum suffers with depression, and her attempts to help, which don't exactly go...

  • The Incredible Record Smashers

    The Incredible Record Smashers begins when Lucy, who is usually more interested in fixing things, punches Billy on the nose in class and...

  • The Day the Screens Went Blank

    The Day the Screens Went Blank is a laugh out loud adventure about the world changing overnight that is utterly fitting for our current t...

  • How to be Me

    How To Be Me is an honest and tender look at what it feels like to be an outsider and to experience the pain of not being understood. How...

  • Starboard

    When seven-year-old Kirsten Bramble made a film to find her Dad a new girlfriend, it went viral and the Brambles are now reality TV stars. They live in a...

  • Starboard

    Starboard follows Kirsten Brambles, a child reality TV star who is apparently happy and successful with everything she could have dreamt...

  • City of Rust

    This book is a must read for sci-fi fans, perfect for anybody who loves star wars, The Danger Gang or other out of this world adventures. Railey and her ro...

  • The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)

    Truth is stranger than fiction, so the saying goes, and in The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) Phil Earle cleverly draws on not just one but two of the real w...

  • Waiting For Murder

    Murderously good! Fleur Hitchcock always manages to immerse the reader within her settings and Waiting for Murder is no exception. <p...

  • The Gilded Ones

    This book is brilliant! Gripping, full of threat, peril and totally absorbing, this debut novel has been written by new author, Namina Forna, to represent he...

  • When The World Was Ours: A book about finding hope in the darkest of times

    Tom Palmer's After the War; Michael Rosen's The Missing; Karen Levine's Hana's Suitcase; Morris Gleitzman's Once; Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    When I first read the blurb, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy The Outlaws Scarlett &amp; Brown because of the setting, but when I st...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    A new series from Jonathan Stroud is always an event and this explosive new book is no exception. The Outlaws Scarlett &amp; Browne is se...

  • Vega Jane and the Secrets of Sorcery

    First page - double page spread of Wormwood. A map is essential if you're to introduce me to the new world you've built and expect me to embrace it, so I...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    The Outlaws Scarlett &amp; Browne is the latest romp of an adventure from Jonathan Stroud, author of Lockwood &amp; Co and the Bartimaeus...

  • Tremendous Things

    Wilbur writes an embarrassing letter to his future self and Tyler (a school bully) finds it and puts it on Social Media. Wilbur becomes a laughing stock a...

  • We Were Wolves

    In We Were Wolves, Boy lives in a caravan on his own in the woods. His dad, John, is in prison and promises to get out soon. All the boy...

  • The Gilded Ones

    The Gilded Ones is an amazing debut novel by Namina Forna. I was fortunate to receive a limited-edition book proof from Usborne and it had a stunning gold...

  • Furious Thing

    Everyone has met a Lexi, 15 years old and angry at seemingly everything and everybody. Lexi lives with her mum, her mum's new boyfriend John and her 6 yea...

  • Love is for Losers

    A funny and life-affirming take on all the big stuff you experience through puberty: love, sex, death, family, intergenerational friendships, heartbreak,...

  • Last One To Die

    16-year- old Niamh Hughes has come to London from Ireland to attend a drama course. She is looking forward to a fun filled summer of freedom, but things t...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms grew up in Cornwall. He spent his early years mending pop-up books brought home from the librar...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Steve Small has worked in animation for over 30 years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has v...

  • David Melling

    David Melling

    David grew up in London with various siblings and a selection of animals (the dog is probably worth a mention). His father w...

  • Anne Booth, David Litchfield

    Anne Booth, David Litchfield

    ANNE BOOTH had always wanted to be a children's writer, but on the way to becoming one has worked in many j...

  • Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi has loved stories for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to write books. She w...

  •  Sheryl Webster and Helen Shoesmith

    Sheryl Webster and Helen Shoesmith

    Sheryl Webster was born in Liverpool, and studied at Liverpool Hope University. With a degree in En...

  • Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree is an award-winning nature and travel author, and conservation pioneer. Her bestselling adult...

  • Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campai...

  • Sean Taylor, Alex Morss

    Sean Taylor, Alex Morss

    SEAN TAYLOR is a British children's author, storyteller and teacher. Sean has taught in three continents an...

  • Rebecca Colby

    Rebecca Colby

    REBECCA COLBY started 'writing' before she learned the alphabet, creating songs from her imagination and memorising the lyri...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • Cath Howe

    Cath Howe

    Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in South West London writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age child...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd wanted to be a writer before she could even write. She comes from a big...

  • Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero was born and raised in Kent but also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in northern Italy, where th...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Born in Chobham, by an airfield, and raised outside Winchester on the banks of the river Itchen, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as...

  • Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson is a primary school teacher based in north east England. She loves her job and her debut book, The Miraculous...

  • Em Norry

    Em Norry

    Emma (she also writes as EL Norry) has a BA (Hons) in Film and an MA in Screenwriting and has written a number of short stor...

  • Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist for the likes of the Guardian and the Pool before being inspired to wri...

  • Alex Bellos And Ben Lyttleton

    Alex Bellos And Ben Lyttleton

    En Lyttleton is an author, broadcaster and consultant to professional football clubs. He has writte...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue he...

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • Hayley Webster

    Hayley Webster

    Hayley Webster is a primary school teacher and writer of the Teacup House Series for emerging readers (Usbo...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold across the globe. She was...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Born in Chobham, by an airfield, and raised outside Winchester on the banks of the river Itchen, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as...

  • Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He was born...

  • Em Norry

    Em Norry

    Emma (she also writes as EL Norry) has a BA (Hons) in Film and an MA in Screenwriting and has written a number of short stor...

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons lives in Devon with her polydactyl cat, Caramac. After a  successful career in the City and a spell of teachi...

  • Robert Muchamore

    Robert Muchamore

    Robert Muchamore's new series brings Robin Hood into the 21st century! Robert was inspired to create his bestselling...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • Hayley Webster

    Hayley Webster

    Hayley Webster is a primary school teacher and writer of the Teacup House Series for emerging readers (Usbo...

  • Paul Coomey

    Paul Coomey

    Paul Coomey is an all-round talented writer and illustrator who spends his hours doodling and creating stories.P...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He was born...

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons lives in Devon with her polydactyl cat, Caramac. After a  successful career in the City and a spell of teachi...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • Elen Caldecott

    Elen Caldecott

    Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was h...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann grew up in northern Germany and the United States, but London is now her home.<br /...

  • KL Kettle

    KL Kettle

    KL Kettle is a global business person, girl boss and general nerd wrangler by day; by night she writes novels, short stories...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero was born and raised in Kent but also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in northern Italy, where th...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Steve Small has worked in animation for over 30 years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has v...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay was lucky enough to be raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea. She left part of her heart underwat...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue he...

  • Lesley Parr

    Lesley Parr

    Lesley Parr grew up in South Wales, at the bottom of a valley and quite near a seaside steelworks. Now she lives in the midd...

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • KL Kettle

    KL Kettle

    KL Kettle is a global business person, girl boss and general nerd wrangler by day; by night she writes novels, short stories...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • Cath Howe

    Cath Howe

    Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in South West London writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age child...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd wanted to be a writer before she could even write. She comes from a big...

  • Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero was born and raised in Kent but also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in northern Italy, where th...

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms grew up in Cornwall. He spent his early years mending pop-up books brought home from the librar...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Steve Small has worked in animation for over 30 years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has v...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • David Melling

    David Melling

    David grew up in London with various siblings and a selection of animals (the dog is probably worth a mention). His father w...

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold across the globe. She was...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Born in Chobham, by an airfield, and raised outside Winchester on the banks of the river Itchen, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as...

  • Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson is a primary school teacher based in north east England. She loves her job and her debut book, The Miraculous...

  • Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He was born...

  • Em Norry

    Em Norry

    Emma (she also writes as EL Norry) has a BA (Hons) in Film and an MA in Screenwriting and has written a number of short stor...

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons lives in Devon with her polydactyl cat, Caramac. After a  successful career in the City and a spell of teachi...

  • Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist for the likes of the Guardian and the Pool before being inspired to wri...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay was lucky enough to be raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea. She left part of her heart underwat...

  • Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi has loved stories for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to write books. She w...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue he...

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann grew up in northern Germany and the United States, but London is now her home.<br /...

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree is an award-winning nature and travel author, and conservation pioneer. Her bestselling adult...

  • Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campai...

  • 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...

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros's early career was as a drummer in a band before he trained in illustration and gr...

  • William Goldsmith

    William Goldsmith

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

  • Paul Coomey

    Paul Coomey

    Paul Coomey is an all-round talented writer and illustrator who spends his hours doodling and creating stories.P...

  • Adam Baron

    Adam Baron

    Adam Baron, author of Boy Underwater, has been an actor, comedian, journa...

  • 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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Alex Rider pack to give away!

Alex Rider pack to give away!

To celebrate the launch of the latest Alex Rider book - Nightshade - into paperback, we're giving away the first 11 books in the series w

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Calling budding writers!

Calling budding writers!

Calling budding writers! The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is now open! The competition is open to those aged under 19

This month’s highlights

  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    We're challenging those aged four to 18 years to create a picture book! Mini Grey, the author and illustrator of Traction Man is Here and The Last Wolf, is judging the co...

  • Book Trailers

    Make a Book Trailer

    Make a Book Trailer

    Vega Jane Book Trailer Create a book trailer for ReadingZone, introducing Vega Jane and the Secrets of Sorcery, and encourage others to read the book!</p...

  • 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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