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  • 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...

  • Fred Gets Dressed

    Fred might never get dressed - he loves being naked, wild and free - until he passes his parents' wardrobe and finds some inspiration. This is a ch...

  • Wild

    Wild is the picture book debut from mum-blogger duo Annette Demetriou and Dawn White. Their blogs are centered on the challenges and pres...

  • 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...

  • This is NOT a Unicorn!

    Prepare to meet the ultimate technicolour companion! A little girl befriends what she thinks is a unicorn but it's oh so much more than that. Limitless im...

  • 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...

  • Love Our Earth: A Colourful Counting Story

    A delightful introduction to our planet and caring for it, this jolly and colourful non-fiction book will provide hours of entertainment with spotting and...

  • Stuck Inside

    A beautifully written story with delightful illustrations that gave me a real sense of the characters' emotions and feelings.The story focuses...

  • 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...

  • Do You Love Dinosaurs?

    Dinosaur books are usually always a winner so I had high hopes for this, and wasn't disappointed. Written by Matt Robinson, author of the award winning Do...

  • What Did the Tree See?

    What Did the Tree See? is an eye catching and clever tale of how the world and landscape has changed through the eyes of a growing oak tr...

  • The Bear, the Piano and Little Bear's Concert

    Do you remember the story of the bear who found the piano in the woods? Years later, the dream is over and Bear has returned to the forest. The piano stand...

  • Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House

    This book had a lot to live up to after reading the first two books in this series - and boy did it live up to that strongly! A new family arrives in town...

  • The Smidgens

    Smidgens are tiny people, and the Sprout family believes they could be the last of their kind. Until one day, Gafferty Sprout stumbles upon an atlas that...

  • Rainbow Magic: Rihanna the Seahorse Fairy: The Magical Animal Fairies Book 4

    I Love rainbow magic and unicorn magic.

  • Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot

    This is a great sequel to the first book, which I loved as much too (if not even more). It all fitted together and I really felt as if I was in the book i...

  • The Story of Climate Change

    This beautiful book portrays itself as 'a first book about how we can help save our planet' but I would say it goes far beyond being the first stop on a j...

  • Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House

    Agent Zaiba, Agent Poppy and Agent Ali add some new recruits to the Snow Leopard Detective Agency (UK Branch) to investigate the Haunted House. Olivia and...

  • By Ash, Oak and Thorn

    Reminiscent of The Borrowers, this immersive read about the Hidden Folk living in plain sight all around us is brilliant. Each chapter has an epigraph at...

  • Feast of the Evernight

    This sequel to Evernight certainly doesn't disappoint. Larabelle Fox is back,...

  • When the Sky Falls

    When the Sky Falls is a thrilling World War II story set against the backdrop of the Blitz. Joseph is sent into the city in 1941 to live with Mrs F, a str...

  • Harklights

    Wick (not his real name) is an orphan working at the Harklights match factory and orphanage. Conditions for the orphans, whose real names are taken from t...

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1)

    As a reader from the age of 9 of this franchise, these books are very entertaining and a great read, for all ages. This book covers Greek mythology in a f...

  • The Lightning Catcher

    The Lightning Catcher is Clare Weze's debut novel for children and what a fantastic debut it is! The story centres around Alfie Bradley a...

  • Last One To Die

    Niamh has never left her home country of Ireland and so she has high hopes when she moves to London for a summer of drama school. But on her first night s...

  • Feast of the Evernight

    I loved the first Evernight book – darkness, magic and wonderful heroes and heroines – and soon slipped right back into the enchanting world of The Silver...

  • We Were Wolves

    A boy lives in a caravan on his own waiting for his father to return from a short stay in prison. The beasts and wild animals of the past keep him company...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

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

  • How to be Me

    An emotional story which makes it the perfect empathy read for children. Lucas is a lonely boy who appears to have everything, but we read on to discover...

  • Waiting For Murder

    Waiting for Murder is a page-turning middle grade thriller suitable for lower secondary school students. The main characters Dan and Flor...

  • The Yearbook

    A new Holly Bourne novel is always a cause for celebration and this one is absolutely no exception - I think it's actually her best yet! Year 11 student,...

  • 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...

  • Kid: A History of The Future

    Kid is a debut novel, the first in a trilogy and 614 pages long however, it didn't take me too long to get to the end as it's an engaging, well planned ou...

  • Eve out of Her Ruins

    Eve Out Of Her Ruins is not a book for the faint-hearted in an extremely positive way. Ananda Devi does not shy away from the bleak life...

  • Tremendous Things

    Tremendous things is a book about falling in love and finding yourself as a teenager in the modern world. I really liked this book because it was really f...

  • 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...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Peter Brown

    Peter Brown

    Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing characters and scenes from his...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  •  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...

  • Rebecca Colby

    Rebecca Colby

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

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell started her career writing carefully-researched books about space, Ancient Egypt, politics and science but eve...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum is the award-winning author of books including The Middler, Troofriend and her latest nove...

  • Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison is an award-winning novelist and nature writer. Her books have w...

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine grew up on different army bases in Germany and Cyprus. She studied English Literature at Goldsmith College a...

  • 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...

  • Julia Golding

    Julia Golding

    Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and se...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the bestselling author of books including The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Am I Normal Yet? and Are 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...

  • Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft was born in New Zealand and raised in Leeds, West  Yorkshire. He graduated from Falmouth School of Art and i...

  • Julia Golding

    Julia Golding

    Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and se...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • 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...

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the bestselling author of books including The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Am I Normal Yet? and Are 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell started her career writing carefully-researched books about space, Ancient Egypt, politics and science but eve...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • 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...

  • Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft was born in New Zealand and raised in Leeds, West  Yorkshire. He graduated from Falmouth School of Art and i...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum is the award-winning author of books including The Middler, Troofriend and her latest nove...

  • Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison is an award-winning novelist and nature writer. Her books have w...

  • Sally Anne Garland

    Sally Anne Garland

    Sally Anne Garland grew up in a small town called Alness in the Highlands of Scotland. According to her parents, her first r...

  • Peter Brown

    Peter Brown

    Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing characters and scenes from his...

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine grew up on different army bases in Germany and Cyprus. She studied English Literature at Goldsmith College a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Julia Golding

    Julia Golding

    Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and se...

  • 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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The Tindims giveaway!

The Tindims giveaway!

'The Borrowers at sea' is the perfect way to described these environmentally-themed stories for children aged 5+. Follow the Tindims as t

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Myths, Magic and Mayhem : National Share-A-Story Month May 2021.

Myths, Magic and Mayhem : National Share-A-Story Month May 2021.

National Share-A-Story Month #NSSM2021 is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, bringing children and sto

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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