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  • Tim Hopgood's Wonderful World of Colours

    This is a beautiful board book that cleverly takes the introduction of colour a little further than most board books for young children. In Tim Hopgood's...

  • 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...

  • Just Being Ted

    This beautiful touching picture book is even more relevant and essential during these uncertain times. Young readers are no doubt struggling with loneline...

  • What If, Pig?

    Pig is kind and popular and especially thoughtful. The trouble is that Pig has a secret; he is a terrible worrier. One day, Pig organises a party for his...

  • How To Mend a Friend

    From children’s favourite and award-winning author of 'I am NOT an elephant' and 'I am a Tiger', comes a more emotional and thought-provoking story about...

  • How To Mend a Friend

    The main themes of How to Mend a Friend are empathy, sadness and supporting a friend. It was written by the author Karl Newson whilst he...

  • BIG

    BIG is an almost wordless picture book about a small boy with big dreams. After watching his brother having all the fun, a young boy wishes he was BIG. Wh...

  • The King's Birthday Suit

    A colourful re-working of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale - The Emperor's New Clothes. This tale will not fail to engage your child and have them g...

  • Move, Mr Mountain!

    I really liked Move, Mr. Mountain and resonated hugely with the sorts of challenge we face with children every day. The story is about Mr. Mountain, a gre...

  • Move, Mr Mountain!

    This is a lovely story about an unlikely friendship between a little girl called Lily and a mountain in her village. Lily is a sassy and opinionated young...

  • Stella and the Seagull

    This is an absolutely delightful book to start a discussion about a number of current issues. Stella is a little girl who befriends a seagull and is then...

  • KEW: Grow, Forage and Make: Fun things to do with plants

    Grow, Forage and Make - Fun Things to do with Plants is a fantastic non-fiction book that easily shows children how to design, create and...

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

    This is a brilliantly appealing book of exciting STEM experiments using a range of easily sourced, inexpensive items. The book itself is a whopping A4 siz...

  • Grandad's Camper

    Grandad's Camper is a heartwarming tale of treasuring precious memories and celebrating life with those around you. The story is focused around a grandfat...

  • Edie and the Box of Flits

    I absolutely fell in love with this modern but classic feeling magical, fantastical adventure. 11 year old Edie Winter helps out with Dad's job at the Lon...

  • Kate on the Case

    Kate on the Case starts with some lovely pictures to introduce the characters, as well as pictures of different carriages in the train. I...

  • Dino Knights: Panterra in Peril

    In a medieval land where dinosaurs still roam, Henry is destined to be more than a stable boy. Henry Fairchild, a common stable boy, has a unique u...

  • How to Survive Without Grown-Ups

    First of all, this incredible book has bits of all kinds of genres, including: bits of sadness, bits of happiness, loads of funny bits and sci-fi. There a...

  • How to Survive Without Grown-Ups

    How to Survive Without Grown-Ups is a very funny story about a brother and sister who explore a mystery of what happened when mum and dad went to space. A...

  • Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest

    Vashti Hardy has done it again! Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest is an absolute triumph and a joy to read, in fact this book has not seen the shelf since...

  • The Elephant in the Room

    The Elephant in the Room is a beautiful, gentle and moving story of the pain of family separation and of the support in finding new frien...

  • Noah's Gold

    It is a well-known fact (in his family) that Noah breaks everything he touches. But, when he stows away in the back of the school mini-bus on his sister's...

  • Earth's Aquarium: Discover 15 Real-life Water Worlds

    This dazzling picture book has 15 watery environments for the reader to explore, each with a double page spread with an introduction describing the habita...

  • Escape the Rooms (the laugh-out-loud funny and mind-blowingly brilliant new book for kids!)

    Escape the Rooms is a laugh-out-loud, surrealist tale that leads our two main characters through a journey that is so much more than it seems. It starts w...

  • The Girl in Wooden Armour

    The Girl in Wooden Armour is a vividly written fantasy story, jam-packed with exhilarating action. The pace and suspense created by Conra...

  • Skyborn

    Skyborn is a tumbling, twisting and turbulent adventure akin to that of Peter Bunzl's Cogheart series. Alice, who has a 'firemark' on her cheek, has turne...

  • The Ship of Shadows

    Ajela is hungry for adventure. While life at home is Seville, helping in the family taverna and trying to escape from her loving family's ladylike expecta...

  • A Gathering Midnight

    A Gathering Midnight is the sequel to Midnight's Twins and what a great action-packed second book it is. I really could not put this down...

  • Tremendous Things

    A Susin Nielsen book is a real joy. A wry smiling, head nodding, frequent chuckling, joy. And that's not an easy thing to create. Susin Nielsen, you are t...

  • Burning Sunlight

    Burning Sunlight is a brilliant read on many levels. Firstly, the author has caught the emotional mood swings of a teenager extremely wel...

  • The Swallows' Flight

    The Swallows' Flight is a companion novel to The Skylarks' War, which I would urge you to read first if...

  • We Played With Fire

    We Played With Fire By Catherine Barter is based on the true story of the Fox sisters - Kate, Maggie and Leah - and it plunges the reader...

  • The Crossing

    On the face of it who would think that Natalie in Dover, and Sammy in Eritrea, have any common ground? Certainly not the right wing groups protesting abou...

  • Not My Problem

    This is a story of new friendships, love, alcohol and trust. It is filled with emotion and has some references of a sexual nature. Set in Ireland,...

  • Raising Hell

    Raising Hell is based in London and is a story with magic, love, friendship and trying to right the wrongs. It begins with Ivy Mann in her late teens work...

  • Raising Hell

    Raising Hell is an action packed fantasy adventure. A very compelling read suited to fans of Charlie Higson, Darren Shan, The Red Eye Ser...

  • 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...

  • We Were Wolves

    I thought it was quite a tricky read so wouldn't suggest it to younger readers. But the illustrations were beautiful and helped the book flow more. I also...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Karl Newson

    Karl Newson

    Karl Newson creates picture books and his new book, How to Mend a Friend, describes all 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith - who has written his first novel for children, Something I Said - began his career as a r...

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

    Phil Earle's new book, When the Sky Falls, set in London during WWII, and starring an angry teenager and an awe-inspiring si...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O’Hart's latest book Skyborn is the prequel to her earlier title, The Eye of the North, a dramatic adventure with dan...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist fo...

  • 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...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts’ amazing teachers encouraged her love of writing, setting her daily challenges to create poems to read to the cl...

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley grew up on the outskirts of Leicester, and studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Mar...

  • 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...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • 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...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith - who has written his first novel for children, Something I Said - began his career as a r...

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

    Phil Earle's new book, When the Sky Falls, set in London during WWII, and starring an angry teenager and an awe-inspiring si...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O’Hart's latest book Skyborn is the prequel to her earlier title, The Eye of the North, a dramatic adventure with dan...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist fo...

  • 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud's new series, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, is published by Walker Books, where he wrote his first novel...

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay is an award-winning author, having won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Exiles, and going on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

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

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

    Phil Earle's new book, When the Sky Falls, set in London during WWII, and starring an angry teenager and an awe-inspiring si...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce's books often tackle the darker side of things and her new book, Raising Hell, gives us a glimpse of a very da...

  • Susin Nielsen

    Susin Nielsen

    Susin Nielsen's new book, Tremendous Things, explores the life of a teenaged boy who already feels as if he's a loser.  Niel...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud's new series, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, is published by Walker Books, where he wrote his first novel...

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay is an award-winning author, having won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Exiles, and going on...

  • 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...

  • 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 /...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist fo...

  • 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...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts’ amazing teachers encouraged her love of writing, setting her daily challenges to create poems to read to the cl...

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley grew up on the outskirts of Leicester, and studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Mar...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

    MG Leonard's bestselling series include Beetle Boy and Adventures on Trains - and her new book, Twitch, takes us into the wo...

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

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

  • Karl Newson

    Karl Newson

    Karl Newson creates picture books and his new book, How to Mend a Friend, describes all th...

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith - who has written his first novel for children, Something I Said - began his career as a r...

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

    Phil Earle's new book, When the Sky Falls, set in London during WWII, and starring an angry teenager and an awe-inspiring si...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O’Hart's latest book Skyborn is the prequel to her earlier title, The Eye of the North, a dramatic adventure with dan...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist fo...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce's books often tackle the darker side of things and her new book, Raising Hell, gives us a glimpse of a very da...

  • Susin Nielsen

    Susin Nielsen

    Susin Nielsen's new book, Tremendous Things, explores the life of a teenaged boy who already feels as if he's a loser.  Niel...

  • 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's new series, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, is published by Walker Books, where he wrote his first novel...

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay is an award-winning author, having won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Exiles, and going on...

  • 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...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts’ amazing teachers encouraged her love of writing, setting her daily challenges to create poems to read to the cl...

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley grew up on the outskirts of Leicester, and studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Mar...

  • 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...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • 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...

  • Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

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

  • 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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Skeleton Keys #Giveaway!

Skeleton Keys #Giveaway!

We're thrilled to be able to offer three sets of Skeleton Keys by Guy Bass &amp; Pete Williamson (Stripes Publishing) for children aged 8

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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

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    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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