Latest Book Reviews

  • Santa's Christmas Countdown

    I blame this book for the Christmas excitement in my house! We now already have a Christmas book out that can't possibly be put away! Award-winning illust...

  • Ruffles and the Cosy, Cosy Bed

    Ruffles is back! Our Nursery children love to listen to the adventures of Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricky troubles of pre-school life....

  • Britannica's Baby Encyclopedia: For curious kids aged 0 to 3

    I remember when my child was very young feeling slightly overwhelmed by how much they had to learn, and how to go about imparting all that knowledge - so...

  • Blow a Kiss, Catch a Kiss: Poems to share with little ones

    Blow a Kiss, Catch a Kiss: Poems to Share with Little Ones is a delightful collection for babies and toddlers which offers poems about th...

  • Animal Families: River

    Bristol-based illustrator Jane Ormes gives us a factual treat as we learn the Animal Family: River names whilst absorbing her works of ar...

  • Ready for Spaghetti

    In Ready for Spaghetti, Michael Rosen has created a series of poems which capture moments of a child's day from getting up in the morning...

  • The Red Sledge

    I was initially skeptical about this book as I was not drawn to the illustration on the front cover. However, I read it to the reception children in my sc...

  • Little Santa

    Do you know the story of Santa's childhood? Well this is just the book you need to read to discover what happened to Little Santa! <p...

  • Together with You

    This book is about spending time with Grandma in every season. The young child in the story looks excited to go into Grandma's house, just as my own child...

  • Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch 35th Anniversary Edition

    'The original is the best' is a phrase which is often said and here this could not be truer. Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul have created a story which has...

  • Where Bjorn Belongs

    Where Bjorn Belongs is such a lovely tale of friendship, and how having a dream and following it can make the world a better place. My co...

  • The Winter Wish

    I can't wait to snuggle up this December and read The Winter Wish to my daughter. This is a charming tale of how one child's wish can cha...

  • The Frost Goblin

    'Now, there is a tipping point in every adventure... a point where you either feel too frightened to go on or too curious to turn back.' In Bertie Crash-W...

  • The Repair Shop Stories: The Christmas Doll

    A lovely book telling the story of why an old toy is so special. The Christmas Doll describes how an old toy is taken to The Repair Shop...

  • Timid

    On the face of it, Timid is a great story about a child whose shyness and fears manifest as a huge lion that follows him around. The stor...

  • Eight Nights, Eight Lights

    What an absolute delight of a book! Eight Nights, Eight Lights tells the story of a community celebrating Chanukah (Hanukkah), the Jewish...

  • The Big Book of 100 STEM Activities

    The Big Book of 100 STEM Activities is such a brilliantly appealing non-fiction book from publisher Button Books. The pairing of Laura Mi...

  • The Woodcutter and The Snow Prince

    In The Woodcutter and the Snow Prince, the woodcutter, Kai, is lonely after his grandmother dies. Then we learn about the Snow Prince - p...

  • SuperQuesters: The Case of the Missing Memory

    I love these Super Questers books! They are written to promote problem solving, reasoning and a love of STEM. The characters are engaging...

  • The Missing Bookshop

    I just adore these Little Tiger short novels. The text is simple and easy to read and well spaced on the pages but the story is at a level that will spark...

  • My First Book of Electromagnetism

    This First Book of Electromagnetism is a fabulously colourful and engaging non-fiction science guide by the brilliant Button Books , who...

  • Transported: 50 Vehicles That Changed the World

    Transported is a lovely non-fiction book about 50 different vehicles that changed the world. The book starts with the Polynesian Canoe (s...

  • The Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions

    Our school Reading ambassadors really enjoyed this fascinating book. The Bedtime book of Impossible Questions answers those questions tha...

  • The Spell Tailors

    The Spell Tailors is a charming, magical and colourfully imaginative adventure fantasy. Family tailors Danelli and Co are the finest spel...

  • Murder At Snowfall

    Murder at Snowfall, the latest murder mystery from Fleur Hitchcock, is an exciting middle grade book featuring realistic characters with...

  • The Snow Bear

    This classic book has been re-released by Little Tiger in a gorgeous 10th anniversary edition. The story is as lovely as it's always been and will delight...

  • The Chestnut Roaster

    Piaf (Sparrow) is a chestnut roaster in Paris in the 1800s whilst The Eiffel Tower is just being built. Piaf is blessed (or is it cursed?) with total reca...

  • Wolfbane

    A book that leaves you breathless. If I could give this more than 5*, I would!  The ancient clans seek peace, but at what cost? A choked howl gives way to...

  • If You Read This

    If You Read This is the second middle grade novel by Kereen Getten, as she skilfully whisks the reader off to the Caribbean. The warmth o...

  • The House of Shells

    There is a beautifully crafted sense of the supernatural in this intriguing MG adventure set in Nigeria. The story draws on fascinating Yoruba mythology a...

  • Into the Sideways World

    Ross Welford is an exceptionally brilliant author with his mind blowing time books and Into The Sideways World is no exception. I read th...

  • Midwinter Burning

    Evacuated away from London and his indifferent mother, Alfie Wright thrives in his new life with 'Auntie' Bell and her son, Ted, at Coombe Farm in Devon....

  • Truly Tyler

    I Love the Terri Libenson Series, it is the best book I ever read. I give this book a 5 out of 5 that is how good it is.

  • The Boy Lost in the Maze

    Acclaimed poet Joseph Coelho seamlessly binds myth and reality in this spellbinding new verse novel. A poetic retelling of the story of Theseus and the Mi...

  • Murder At Snowfall

    Ruby's mum is preoccupied. There has been a fire at the surgery where she works; her boss, Dr Price, has gone missing; and she is convinced someone has be...

  • The Lighthouse

    A twisted tale of a remote island and its lighthouse. Rosie and Jess are spending two weeks with their dad and his new family on the island during the sch...

  • It's Behind You

    It was amazing, perfect for best friends to read at a sleepover at 3am!

  • Five Survive

    Five Survive is a brilliant, breathtaking book! Six excited friends set off for a welcome break together but by nightfall, their lives ar...

  • Fifty Things to Do With a Stick

    Bursting with ideas for engaging activities, this is a book designed to build confidence and skill in using a range of tools. With plenty of practical adv...

  • The Other Ones

    Everybody knows the haunted house in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately this means that young Sal, who prefers to stay hidden, is thrown into the spot light...

  • Well, That Was Unexpected

    Well, That Was Unexpected is a multicultural rom com that delivers heart-warming, laugh-out-loud moments. Sharlot "Who knows why these En...

  • Nothing More to Tell

    Nothing More To Tell is the latest crime/suspense story by the wonderful writer Karen McManus. If you love this genre but haven't read an...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

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    Jon Agee

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    Rico Hinson-King

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    Helen Mortimer

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    Hoang Giang

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    Ross Collins

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    Ada Grey

    Ada spent several years working for design companies before deciding that she preferred doodling. She lives in Brighton with...

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    Molly Potter

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    Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber's grandfather set up the publishing house Faber &amp; Faber so she grew up reading, and read mo...

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    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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    Steve Small

    Animator Steve Small's latest picture book, Wellington's Big Day Out, follows a young elephant on a special...

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    Mariajo Ilustrajo

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  • Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope is an Irish writer with a special love for children’s fiction. A former record-breaking athlete...

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    Patrice Lawrence

    Award-winning author Patrice Lawrence introduces her first picture book, Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush. Pat...

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    Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley's new picture book Not a Cat in Sight plays with the idea of what the pictures show, compa...

  • Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace is from south Wales, studied Drama at the University of Exeter, and now lives in London, where she has worked in...

  • Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Discover how a real life story helped inspire this picture book, The Girl Who Planted Trees, about a young...

  • Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow's We Are the Rainbow is a gorgeous introduction for young children to the colours of Pride. Claire is a write...

  • Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Thank you for the Little Things, the new picture book by Caryl Hart and Emily Ham...

  • Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie's new picture book, This Girl Can Do Anything, is a bold and funny look...

  • Casper Salmon

    Casper Salmon

    How to Count to One is the surprising and hilarious picture book by Casper Salmon, illustrated by Matt Hunt...

  • Lu Fraser

    Lu Fraser

    One Camel Called Doug is a brilliant story about the joys of sometimes being alone, with some great countin...

  • Karen Swann

    Karen Swann

    Karen Swann and Padmacandra's new picture book, The Tale of the Whale, takes us on a journ...

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros's new picture book, Frank and Bert, takes a warm and funny look at friendshi...

  • Eve McDonnell

    Eve McDonnell

    Eve is a children's author and artist who lives in the wilds of Co Wexford with her husband, twins, a dog and three cats. Sh...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock's latest murder mystery novel, Murder at Snowfall, is now available and is her most sinister yet.... Fleur b...

  • Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King is just 11 years old. As a baby, he was taken into care and spen...

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan's new book S.T.E.A.L.T.H.: Access Denied (Nosy Crow Books) is the first in an action-packed, ga...

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    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Tale of Truthwater Lake, is a time-slip adventure that tak...

  • Laurel van der Linde

    Laurel van der Linde

    Author Laurel van der Linde began ballet class at age four. At 17, she toured with Oukhtomsky Ballet Classique and Los Angel...

  • Isabel Thomas

    Isabel Thomas

    Isabel Thomas is a science writer and the author of a galaxy of books for young audiences, including Moth:...

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    Jasbinder Bilan

    Jasbinder Bilan's debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird won the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award and...

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    Alexandra Page

    Wishyouwas is Alexandra Page's first children's book, and draws on her early childhood years being airmailed between England...

  • Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope writes books about children having adventures in dark gothic settings, inspired by the house she...

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

    The Treekeepers is the latest book by Kieran Larwood, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, and it'...

  • Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd is a bestselling author of middle-grade fiction, including The Boy Who Grew Dragons series, and picture books....

  • Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman's new series for young readers, Magic Keepers, takes us to a house filled with curios - and a magical secret!...

  • Steven Butler

    Steven Butler

    Steven Butler is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, performer and voice artist. His books have won the...

  • Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley has just finished studying English at Oxford. She has wanted to be a writer since her debut n...

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    Laura Ellen Andersen

    When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ell...

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    Michelle Harrison

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    Paul Westmoreland

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  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

    MG Leonard's bestselling series include Beetle Boy and Adventures on Trains - and her new...

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    Chris Wormell

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  • Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell

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  • Lou Peacock

    Lou Peacock

    An editor, poetry anthologist and writer with over 25 years of experience in children's publishing, Lou Peacock</str...

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    Thomas Taylor

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  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

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    Janelle McCurdy

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    Carlie Sorosiak

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    Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts has spent most of her life living on either coast of the US. After several years working in the New York theat...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

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    Anna James

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    Nicola Penfold

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    Ella Risbridger

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    Pamela Butchart

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    Louie Stowell

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    Nicola Morgan

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    MT Khan

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    Judith Eagle

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    Sufiya Ahmed

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    Larry Hayes

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    Alex Cotter

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    Hana Tooke

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    Jonathan Tulloch

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    Lola Morayo

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    Adam Baron

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    David Solomons

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    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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    Sibeal Pounder

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    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

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    Fiona Longmuir

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    Elys Dolan

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    Kirsty Applebaum

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    Radiya Hafiza

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    Eve McDonnell

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    Fleur Hitchcock

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    Jason Rohan

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    Thomas Taylor

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    Anna James

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    Nicola Penfold

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    Ella Risbridger

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    Chris Vick

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    Louie Stowell

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    Nicola Morgan

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    Simon Fox

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    Judith Eagle

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    Sufiya Ahmed

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    A.F. Harrold

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    Jo Simmons

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    Alex Cotter

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    Hana Tooke

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    Jonathan Tulloch

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    David Solomons

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    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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    Jesse Q Sutanto

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    JP Rose

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    Darren Charlton

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    Finbar Hawkins

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    Rachel Burge

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    Chris Vick

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    Simon Fox

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    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

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    Catherine Barter

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    Tracy Darnton

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    Sue Divin

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    Sita Brahmachari

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    Paul Westmoreland

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    Jonathan Tulloch

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    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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    Fiona Longmuir

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    Jon Agee

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    Marcus Sedgwick

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    Eve McDonnell

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    Fleur Hitchcock

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    Rico Hinson-King

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    Jason Rohan

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    Emma Carroll

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    Michelle Paver

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    Helen Mortimer

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    Mini Grey

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    Laurel van der Linde

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    Isabel Thomas

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    Jasbinder Bilan

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    Jesse Q Sutanto

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    Alexandra Page

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  • Hoang Giang

    Hoang Giang

    Giang has been working as a children’s book illustrator for more than 10 years. She works in a studio with her partner and t...

  • Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope writes books about children having adventures in dark gothic settings, inspired by the house she...

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

    The Treekeepers is the latest book by Kieran Larwood, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, and it'...

  • JP Rose

    JP Rose

    Author JP Rose's first YA novel, The Haunting of Tyrese Walker, is a gripping psychological horror story. JP Rose was born i...

  • Ross Collins

    Ross Collins

    Ross Collins's primary teacher told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally 'old...

  • Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd is a bestselling author of middle-grade fiction, including The Boy Who Grew Dragons series, and picture books....

  • Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman's new series for young readers, Magic Keepers, takes us to a house filled with curios - and a magical secret!...

  • Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton's lifetime obsessions with the National Parks of America, horror, film music and 80s kids movies have all wo...

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins's new novel Stone weaves ancient tales into a contemporary story. His debut novel, Witch, was shortlisted for...

  • Steven Butler

    Steven Butler

    Steven Butler is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, performer and voice artist. His books have won the...

  • Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley has just finished studying English at Oxford. She has wanted to be a writer since her debut n...

  • Laura Ellen Andersen

    Laura Ellen Andersen

    When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ell...

  • Michelle Harrison

    Michelle Harrison

    ReadingZone caught up with author Michelle Harrison to talk about black cats, magic and mischief in her fun series for young...

  • Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow is from Manchester. He spends his time writing and touring the UK and beyond - visiting schools, libraries a...

  • Paul Westmoreland

    Paul Westmoreland

    A born and bred Londoner, Paul Westmoreland has been a professional writer for over 25 years, creating awar...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

    MG Leonard's bestselling series include Beetle Boy and Adventures on Trains - and her new...

  • Ada Grey

    Ada Grey

    Ada spent several years working for design companies before deciding that she preferred doodling. She lives in Brighton with...

  • Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell's middle grade novels include The Lucky Bottle and The Magic Place, and he has created a host of picture books...

  • Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell is the million-copy bestselling author of five children's novels and has won the Costa Ch...

  • Lou Peacock

    Lou Peacock

    An editor, poetry anthologist and writer with over 25 years of experience in children's publishing, Lou Peacock</str...

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

    The latest book in the Eerie-on-Sea series by Thomas Taylor, Festergrimm, takes us to the dark underworld of the town. Thoma...

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

    Into Goblyn Wood is a richly imagined world of fairies with a dark and sinister threat, and is Anna Kemp's first novel for c...

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle is an author and fully-fledged gamer and Mia and the Lightcasters is her debut novel. She started writing at only 16...

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs.  She grew up in North C...

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts has spent most of her life living on either coast of the US. After several years working in the New York theat...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths a...

  • Anna James

    Anna James

    Anna James takes us back to the world of Pages &amp; Co in her new book, Pages &amp; Co: The Treehouse Library, the fifth bo...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild, Between Sea and Sky and her latest, Beyond the Frozen Horizon, Nicola Penfold explo...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist for the i</...

  • Rachel Burge

    Rachel Burge

    YA author Rachel Burge's new novel, Waking the Witch, follows her earlier YA books The Twisted Tre...

  • Pamela Butchart

    Pamela Butchart

    As a child, Pamela was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of pets and go to a primary school where lots of spooky and w...

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

    In between writing and teaching, Chris Vick works for a whale and dolphin conservation charity which has helped inspire The...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell's series, Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good, brings trickster god Loki to Earth when he i...

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan, aka The Teenage Brain Woman, is an award-winning author and speaker on many areas of well-being and learning....

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

    MT Khan's debut novel, Nura and the Immortal Palace, is an exciting, magical adventure. MT Khan is a SFF wr...

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

    Running out of Time is Simon Fox's first novel after 20 years trapped in the dungeon of accountancy.  He is determined to ne...

  • Molly Potter

    Molly Potter

    What Makes Me Do the Things I Do? is the latest in a series of books by Molly Potter addressing young child...

  • Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr revisit the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in their new Daughter of Darkne...

  • Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber's grandfather set up the publishing house Faber &amp; Faber so she grew up reading, and read mo...

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle is the author of The Secret Starling and The Pear Affair. Her latest book, The Accidental Stowaway, is a myster...

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed worked in advertising and in the House of Commons before becoming a full-time author. In 2010 she set up the BI...

  • A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold is an English poet and children's author, whose books include The Worlds We Leave Behind, The Song from Somewhe...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter's We Played with Fire has won the Young Quill's Award for historical fiction for her novel...

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons is an author of funny fiction and her latest book, The Reluctant Vampire Queen, sees her writing funny books for...

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes talks about siblings, time travel, and his new book, How To Survive Time Travel</strong...

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter has worked hard all her life at daydreaming, while making a living from words: from bookselling at W.H.Smith and...

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke's new novel, The Midnighters, follows a group of children as they explore and discover new skills, at midnight.</...

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

    Cuckoo Summer, a wartime story about evacuation and the effects of war, is Jonathan Tulloch's first book fo...

  • Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo is the pen name for the creative partnership of writers Tólá Okogwu and Jasmine Richards. Both...

  • Adam Baron

    Adam Baron

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

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

    A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy is David Solomon's sixth novel for children and follows his bestsel...

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

    The Asparagus Bunch is  Jessica Scott-Whyte's debut novel. Jessica was born and raised in Dublin. She studied French and His...

  • Sibeal Pounder

    Sibeal Pounder

    Sibéal Pounder is the bestselling author of Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids and her new series, Neon's Secret Universe</...

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Author and scientist Dr Nick Crumpton's new book, Everything You Know About Minibeasts is Wrong, illustrate...

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

    Looking for Emily by Fiona Longmuir is a mystery story about a secret museum, a missing girl and a forgotten piece of local...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

    Rex Dinosaur in Disguise is the brilliantly funny novel for younger readers from E...

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms and Ged Adamson share their new picture book, This is Not a Dinosaur, which fo...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Animator Steve Small's latest picture book, Wellington's Big Day Out, follows a young elephant on a special...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Flooded is Mariajo Ilustrajo's first picture book, about a city of animals that must work together to solve the problem of f...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum talks to ReadingZone about her new series of books for younger readers, which begins with Princess...

  • Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope is an Irish writer with a special love for children’s fiction. A former record-breaking athlete...

  • Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza's new book, Rumaysa: Ever After, revisits the fairytale world of Rumaysa: A...

  • Patrice Lawrence

    Patrice Lawrence

    Award-winning author Patrice Lawrence introduces her first picture book, Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush. Pat...

  • Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley's new picture book Not a Cat in Sight plays with the idea of what the pictures show, compa...

  • Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace is from south Wales, studied Drama at the University of Exeter, and now lives in London, where she has worked in...

  • Sue Divin

    Sue Divin

    Sue Divin is a Derry-based writer and peace worker, originally from Armagh in the North of Ireland. With a...

  • Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Discover how a real life story helped inspire this picture book, The Girl Who Planted Trees, about a young...

  • Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow's We Are the Rainbow is a gorgeous introduction for young children to the colours of Pride. Claire is a write...

  • Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Thank you for the Little Things, the new picture book by Caryl Hart and Emily Ham...

  • Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie's new picture book, This Girl Can Do Anything, is a bold and funny look...

  • Casper Salmon

    Casper Salmon

    How to Count to One is the surprising and hilarious picture book by Casper Salmon, illustrated by Matt Hunt...

  • Lu Fraser

    Lu Fraser

    One Camel Called Doug is a brilliant story about the joys of sometimes being alone, with some great countin...

  • Karen Swann

    Karen Swann

    Karen Swann and Padmacandra's new picture book, The Tale of the Whale, takes us on a journ...

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros's new picture book, Frank and Bert, takes a warm and funny look at friendshi...

  • Sita Brahmachari

    Sita Brahmachari

    Sita Brahmachari's powerful new book, When Shadows Fall, weaves together themes of mental health, friendship and the e...

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

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

  • Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick has always written her own stories and loves illustrating, so it's no surprise that she has now written and il...

  • Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Tamara Anegon attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. Following this, she studied for a masters d...

  • William Goldsmith

    William Goldsmith

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

  • Tom Nicoll

    Tom Nicoll

    Tom Nicoll has been writing since school, where he enjoyed penning essays that were as silly as possible. Tom lives near Edi...

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    Create a Comic Competition

    Create a Comic Competition In partnership with The Phoenix Comic, ReadingZone's Create a Comic Competition challenges Primary and Secondary students to m...

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    Make a Book Trailer

    Create a Book Trailer Create a book trailer of your favourite book or your latest bookclub read for ReadingZone, and encourage others to read the book!  Or you can use it...

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    Create your own Podcast

    Bex, a presenter for Fun Kids, has put together a simple guide for us about creating podcasts and gives us some top tips for starting your own podcast.

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    Creating a Book Vlog

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Ever wanted to create your own vlog, but don't know how to get started? In these videos, author and book vlogger Lucy Powrie (lucythereader) gives her tips on getting started, what to inc...

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