Latest Book Reviews

  • Time to Care: Explore empathy and kindness with your little one

    The very knowledgeable and talented Penny Tassoni MBE gifts us with Time to Care. This picture book teaches our children a fundamental li...

  • Time to Go to Nursery: Help your child settle into nursery and dispel any worries

    Time to Go to Nursery is an absolute must-have book to help prepare any child for starting nursery or to settle any children who have alr...

  • 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...

  • I Say Boo, You say Hoo

    This is no ordinary book. This is a book where the audience become the stars of the show and are encouraged to dive into every hilarious and interactive p...

  • This Book is Pants

    This Book is Pants! is the latest release from John Kane, author of the superb I Say Ooh, You Say...

  • The Witchling's Wish

    This enchanting story of the little witchling illustrates how sometimes life is even more beautiful when it doesn't quite go to plan. The witchling wishes...

  • The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom

    The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom is a funny, fast-paced rhyming picture book that will have young children giggling at the hapless drag...

  • My Big Fantastic Family

    'This heart-warming story is a celebration of unconditional family love.' Adam and Charlotte Guillain bring us an important, relevant story about parents...

  • The Wind May Blow

    The Wind May Blow is the most beautifully written and illustrated book that I have read in a long time. It has a clear message which is d...

  • A World Full of Wildlife: and how you can protect it

    This book's message is so important and is delivered in a way that is accessible to younger children. To begin with, we learn about habitats and the amazi...

  • The Witchling's Wish

    The Witchling's Wish by Lu Fraser and Sarah Massini is a wonderful tale of friendship. The little Witchling lives in the misty mountains...

  • The Wind May Blow

    The Wind May Blow by Sasha Quinton and Thomas Hegbrook is a book that every parent should read to their child. Its pages are reminiscent...

  • The Wind May Blow

    The Wind May Blow is a beautiful book about resilience. It advises a child that as soon as they are born they will experience happiness t...

  • Bird's Eye View

    Bird's Eye View is the story of a little bird who literally 'flies the nest' and goes out into the world to find out more about humans. S...

  • The Boys

    The Boys is a very unusual book by the same authors as the prize-winning story The Girls. A group of boys who have known each other since...

  • Cookie! (Book 3): Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World

    Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World is the third instalment of the hilarious series by Konnie Huq. This book is full of m...

  • Feast Your Eyes on Food

    Feast Your Eyes on Food by Laura Gladwin, is a food encyclopaedia of more than 1000 delicious things to eat. This beautiful book stipulat...

  • Time to Move South for Winter

    This stunning book is fabulous for a migration topic in school. Time to Move South for Winter tells the tale of a tiny black-capped tern...

  • Greek Myths: Meet the heroes, gods, and monsters of ancient Greece

    Greek Myths: Meet the Heroes, Gods and Monsters of ancient Greece offers an excellent introduction to the world of Greek Myths. Starting...

  • Wishyouwas: The tiny guardian of lost letters

    There are few books you pick up and you feel the words rather than just read them and when this happens, you know you are reading something special: Wishy...

  • Wishyouwas: The tiny guardian of lost letters

    Wishyouwas is a heartwarming, feel-good story set to be a future classic. This is a classic good versus evil story with a fantastic set o...

  • The False Rose

    The False Rose, Sally Jones has returned to tell a tale of theft, deception, gang warfare and vengeance. From the first page the reader i...

  • Horror Heights: The Slime (Book 1)

    In Horror Heights: The Slime, 11 year old Connie has yet to find her niche at Secondary School, and while some children are known for the...

  • Sky Pirates: The Dragon's Gold

    Having joined the Black Sky Wolves, Echo is determined to prove herself as a Sky Pirate. She loves her new life aboard the Scarlet Margaret, digging for t...

  • We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Colour Protecting the Planet

    Each one of the 30 young people featured in We Have a Dream is an activist in one or more environmental spheres - politics, education, in...

  • Torn Apart - The Partition of India, 1947

    Torn Apart - the Partition of India is a powerful and absorbing dual narrative story focusing on the fates of two young boys - one a weal...

  • The Raven Heir

    Safe in the forest, Cordelia, Giles and Rosalind are shielded from the fighting that has ravaged the kingdom of Corvenne for generations. When two Dukes b...

  • Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest

    Twelve has given up her name and her previous life to take an oath of allegiance to the Hunting Lodge. She has sworn she will, "never lower her weapons in...

  • The Dream House

    Rex has gone to stay with his godfather, Sparky, but a lot has changed since his last visit... Rex has lost his dad and is struggling with overwhelming gr...

  • The Ash House

    There is a new boy at Ash House. He cannot remember his name, so he is given one, Solitude or Sol for short. He knows he is there because Ash House might...

  • The Five Clues (Don't Doubt The Rainbow 1)

    Murder, mystery, clues to solve, and a brilliant courageous character, what more could you want in a book? In The Five Clues, Edie...

  • Defy the Night

    This wonderful YA author has done it once again in creating a realistic fantasy world with likeable characters. She has given the reader an action packed...

  • The Five Clues (Don't Doubt The Rainbow 1)

    The Five Clues is a page turning mystery which immerses the reader in the world of ethics and science. Edie is secretly left a set of clu...

  • Cruel Castle

    In this sequel to Savage Island, we see Ben, Lizzie and Grady working together to take on the mighty Gold in revenge f...

  • Three Bullets

    The Bloods are in control and they're desperate to turn Britain into the world they want to see: right, white, Christian supremist. Anyone who they call a...

  • Wayward Son

    Wayward Son is the second title in the Simon Snow series. This is where the main characters get their 'happy ever after' after the trauma...

  • Phoenix Flame

    Phoenix Flame is a solid sequel to Haven Fall, which is full of action from the get go as it picks up almost straight after the end of th...

  • Myths & Legends: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings

    Completely absorbing, Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to their Origins and Meanings is an absolute treasure trove of information...

  • Ace of Spades

    Ace of Spades is a High School drama the like of which you've not read before! Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl doesn't quite hit th...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Sarah Massini

    Sarah Massini

    Sarah Massini's stand out illustrations for The Witching's Wish bring to life the text by Lu Fraser. Sarah...

  • Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter's There is No Big Bad Wolf in this Book follows the hugely suc...

  • Clare Helen Welsh

    Clare Helen Welsh

    Clare Helen Welsh's new book, Time to Move South for Winter, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie,...

  • Beach

    Beach

    Before becoming an illustrator, Beach worked as a pizza chef; if you can think of it, he has probably put it on a pizza. Bea...

  • Ross Collins

    Ross Collins

    Ross Collins's primary 1 teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he wa...

  • Tom Percival

    Tom Percival

    Tilda Tries Again is the latest picture book in Tom Percival's acclaimed Big Bright Feelings</stron...

  • Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie

    Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie

    Angela Woolfe's latest picture book Agent Llama brings us a super cool Bond-style spy. Ang...

  • Charlotte and Adam Guillain

    Charlotte and Adam Guillain

    Adam and Charlotte Guillain's new picture book, My Big Fantastic Family, explores some of the questions rai...

  • Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson lives in Penzance, Cornwall, with her family, cats, chickens, ducks and a tortoise called Hercu...

  • Em Lynas

    Em Lynas

    Em Lynas loves to write funny books and her latest picture book The Cat and the Rat is an hilarious tale ab...

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp's latest picture book, Mammoth (illus Adam Beer), explores trying to fit in - when your really st...

  • 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...

  • Alex Foulkes

    Alex Foulkes

    Rules for Vampires is Alex's debut novel. Alex was born in smoky Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in the Stafford...

  • Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig's new book We Have a Dream gives a voice to environmental activists from ar...

  • Joshua Seigal

    Joshua Seigal

    Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader; Yapping Away is his latest collection. Joshua spend...

  • Sam Sedgman and MG Leonard

    Sam Sedgman and MG Leonard

    MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman are the writing duo behind the brilliant Adventures on Trains series! MG...

  • Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal, MBE is an award-winning engineer and author and How Was That Built is her fi...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Week at World's End, revisits the week of the Cuban Crisis through the eyes...

  • Anthony Kessel

    Anthony Kessel

    Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working...

  • Laura Gladwin

    Laura Gladwin

    Laura Gladwin trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine before working as a freelance chef. She then spent...

  • Konnie Huq

    Konnie Huq

    Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq published her first children's book, Cookie and the Most Annoying Bo...

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes talks about siblings, imagining the future, and a trip to Nasa that helped inspire his new book...

  • Perdita and Honor Cargill

    Perdita and Honor Cargill

    Honor and Perdita Cargill are a daughter/mother writing partnership and the authors of Diary of an Accidental Witch<...

  • Robin Scott-Elliot

    Robin Scott-Elliot

    Scottish born author Robin Scott-Elliot's latest historical fiction novel, Hide and Seek, takes us to warti...

  • Karen McCombie

    Karen McCombie

    Best-selling author Karen McCombie explores unexpected friendships in her latest novel, How to be a...

  • Stephanie Burgis

    Stephanie Burgis

    Like her earlier titles, Stephanie Burgis's new MG fantasy adventure The Raven Heir</stron...

  • Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow is an author, artist and educator whose latest collection of stories, Once Upon Our Pla...

  • Ayisha Malik

    Ayisha Malik

    Ayisha Malik's new book for children, Seven Sisters, is a story about seven very different...

  • Theresa Lola:  Happy Here

    Theresa Lola: Happy Here

    Theresa Lola, who has contributed to the Happy Here collection by Black writers and illustrators, is a Brit...

  • Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence was brought up in a Trinidadian-Italian family in Sussex, so had no other choice than to b...

  • Michelle Robinson & Sharon Davey

    Michelle Robinson & Sharon Davey

    Michelle Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of picture books including The World Made a Rain...

  • 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...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Hope Jones Saves the World series (Andersen Press) is a must for all young environmentalists a...

  • Jeff Norton

    Jeff Norton

    Jeff Norton is a writer and filmmaker, and his new series Dino Knights, published by Scallywag Press, is now available....

  • Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig's new book We Have a Dream gives a voice to environmental activists from ar...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new sci-fi book Adam-2 has just been published by Nosy Crow Books. As well as an author...

  • M.A. Bennett

    M.A. Bennett

    MA Bennett's S.T.A.G.S. series is currently in production and there are now four books in the series, inclu...

  • Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal, MBE is an award-winning engineer and author and How Was That Built is her fi...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe's The Gifted, the Talented and Me is a rare funny book for teenage readers and his latest...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Week at World's End, revisits the week of the Cuban Crisis through the eyes...

  • Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker's debut children's books, The Ash House, explores a house made of ash and...

  • Anthony Kessel

    Anthony Kessel

    Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working...

  • Robin Scott-Elliot

    Robin Scott-Elliot

    Scottish born author Robin Scott-Elliot's latest historical fiction novel, Hide and Seek, takes us to warti...

  • Karen McCombie

    Karen McCombie

    Best-selling author Karen McCombie explores unexpected friendships in her latest novel, How to be a...

  • 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...

  • Theresa Lola:  Happy Here

    Theresa Lola: Happy Here

    Theresa Lola, who has contributed to the Happy Here collection by Black writers and illustrators, is a Brit...

  • Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence was brought up in a Trinidadian-Italian family in Sussex, so had no other choice than to b...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leigh Bardugo

    Leigh Bardugo

    Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives in Ho...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce's new book Cruel Castle (from the Red Eye series) is a slick horror version of an escape room...

  • M.A. Bennett

    M.A. Bennett

    MA Bennett's S.T.A.G.S. series is currently in production and there are now four books in the series, inclu...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe's The Gifted, the Talented and Me is a rare funny book for teenage readers and his latest...

  • Melvin Burgess

    Melvin Burgess

    Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal a...

  • Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker's debut children's books, The Ash House, explores a house made of ash and...

  • Anthony Kessel

    Anthony Kessel

    Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working...

  • Robin Scott-Elliot

    Robin Scott-Elliot

    Scottish born author Robin Scott-Elliot's latest historical fiction novel, Hide and Seek, takes us to warti...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

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

  • 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...

  • 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 /...

  • Alex Foulkes

    Alex Foulkes

    Rules for Vampires is Alex's debut novel. Alex was born in smoky Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in the Stafford...

  • Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig's new book We Have a Dream gives a voice to environmental activists from ar...

  • Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker's debut children's books, The Ash House, explores a house made of ash and...

  • 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...

  • Alex Foulkes

    Alex Foulkes

    Rules for Vampires is Alex's debut novel. Alex was born in smoky Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in the Stafford...

  • Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig and Sabrena Khadija

    Mya-Rose Craig's new book We Have a Dream gives a voice to environmental activists from ar...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce's new book Cruel Castle (from the Red Eye series) is a slick horror version of an escape room...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new sci-fi book Adam-2 has just been published by Nosy Crow Books. As well as an author...

  • M.A. Bennett

    M.A. Bennett

    MA Bennett's S.T.A.G.S. series is currently in production and there are now four books in the series, inclu...

  • Joshua Seigal

    Joshua Seigal

    Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader; Yapping Away is his latest collection. Joshua spend...

  • Sarah Massini

    Sarah Massini

    Sarah Massini's stand out illustrations for The Witching's Wish bring to life the text by Lu Fraser. Sarah...

  • Sam Sedgman and MG Leonard

    Sam Sedgman and MG Leonard

    MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman are the writing duo behind the brilliant Adventures on Trains series! MG...

  • Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal and Katie Hickey

    Roma Agrawal, MBE is an award-winning engineer and author and How Was That Built is her fi...

  • Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter's There is No Big Bad Wolf in this Book follows the hugely suc...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe's The Gifted, the Talented and Me is a rare funny book for teenage readers and his latest...

  • Melvin Burgess

    Melvin Burgess

    Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal a...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Week at World's End, revisits the week of the Cuban Crisis through the eyes...

  • Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker's debut children's books, The Ash House, explores a house made of ash and...

  • Anthony Kessel

    Anthony Kessel

    Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working...

  • Clare Helen Welsh

    Clare Helen Welsh

    Clare Helen Welsh's new book, Time to Move South for Winter, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie,...

  • Laura Gladwin

    Laura Gladwin

    Laura Gladwin trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine before working as a freelance chef. She then spent...

  • Laura Dockrill

    Laura Dockrill

    Laura Dockrill, a performance poet and novelist, has written her second book focusing on children's mental health.  ...

  • Beach

    Beach

    Before becoming an illustrator, Beach worked as a pizza chef; if you can think of it, he has probably put it on a pizza. Bea...

  • Konnie Huq

    Konnie Huq

    Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq published her first children's book, Cookie and the Most Annoying Bo...

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes talks about siblings, imagining the future, and a trip to Nasa that helped inspire his new book...

  • Perdita and Honor Cargill

    Perdita and Honor Cargill

    Honor and Perdita Cargill are a daughter/mother writing partnership and the authors of Diary of an Accidental Witch<...

  • Ross Collins

    Ross Collins

    Ross Collins's primary 1 teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he wa...

  • Robin Scott-Elliot

    Robin Scott-Elliot

    Scottish born author Robin Scott-Elliot's latest historical fiction novel, Hide and Seek, takes us to warti...

  • Karen McCombie

    Karen McCombie

    Best-selling author Karen McCombie explores unexpected friendships in her latest novel, How to be a...

  • Stephanie Burgis

    Stephanie Burgis

    Like her earlier titles, Stephanie Burgis's new MG fantasy adventure The Raven Heir</stron...

  • Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow is an author, artist and educator whose latest collection of stories, Once Upon Our Pla...

  • Ayisha Malik

    Ayisha Malik

    Ayisha Malik's new book for children, Seven Sisters, is a story about seven very different...

  • Tom Percival

    Tom Percival

    Tilda Tries Again is the latest picture book in Tom Percival's acclaimed Big Bright Feelings</stron...

  • 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...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • 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...

  • Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie

    Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie

    Angela Woolfe's latest picture book Agent Llama brings us a super cool Bond-style spy. Ang...

  • Charlotte and Adam Guillain

    Charlotte and Adam Guillain

    Adam and Charlotte Guillain's new picture book, My Big Fantastic Family, explores some of the questions rai...

  • Theresa Lola:  Happy Here

    Theresa Lola: Happy Here

    Theresa Lola, who has contributed to the Happy Here collection by Black writers and illustrators, is a Brit...

  • Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence: Happy Here

    Patrice Lawrence was brought up in a Trinidadian-Italian family in Sussex, so had no other choice than to b...

  • Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson lives in Penzance, Cornwall, with her family, cats, chickens, ducks and a tortoise called Hercu...

  • Michelle Robinson & Sharon Davey

    Michelle Robinson & Sharon Davey

    Michelle Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of picture books including The World Made a Rain...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Hope Jones Saves the World series (Andersen Press) is a must for all young environmentalists a...

  • Em Lynas

    Em Lynas

    Em Lynas loves to write funny books and her latest picture book The Cat and the Rat is an hilarious tale ab...

  • Jeff Norton

    Jeff Norton

    Jeff Norton is a writer and filmmaker, and his new series Dino Knights, published by Scallywag Press, is now available....

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp's latest picture book, Mammoth (illus Adam Beer), explores trying to fit in - when your really st...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    The winners of the ReadingZone Create a Picture Book Competition have been announced! Mini Grey, the author and illustrator of Traction Man is Here and The Last Wolf, has...

  • 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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