Latest Book Reviews

  • Who Are You?

    How do you do? Have you come far? Who do you actually think that you are? Who Are You? explores the idea of identity for younger readers;...

  • 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...

  • Nursery? Not Today!

    Rosa goes to Nursery on Monday and has a very grown up day! She is Miss Lewis' star and has an action packed time, so action packed that when Dad says it'...

  • Can't Catch Santa!: Peek & Pop

    It's Christmas Eve - the perfect time to catch Santa! Chase him through 10 cosy Christmas scenes. This book includes nine liftable flaps and a pop-up surp...

  • Let's Get Ready for School

    There are many books out there about starting school but I think that this is one of the best that I've seen. The illustrations are great - really colourf...

  • 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...

  • Tiptoe Tiger

    Young children will love Tiptoe Tiger and won't be able to stop themselves becoming fully engaged and involved with the story! It's a fan...

  • 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 Same but Different: From the bestselling author of How Are You Feeling Today?

    The Same but Different is a great starting point for conversations about inclusion. The bright, colourful illustrations and clear explana...

  • The ABC Factor

    An alphabet book with a twist! Tired of the normal animal alphabets, Cat is writing her own alphabet of unusual animals and is holding an audition, with t...

  • Nook

    Nook is a rabbit who is presented as a small and shy character. She likes to sit alone watching the others play, gaining comfort from the...

  • My Beautiful Voice

    My Beautiful Voice is a stunning picture book about a shy, nervous girl who discovers her voice through the power of poetry. The young gi...

  • Storm In A Jar

    I read Storm in a Jar to my class and asked for their comments, this one was the most poignant from an articulate nine year old, and it s...

  • Nook

    Nook is a simple story with beautiful pictures about friendship and Nook, the rabbit, being different from the other creatures in the cla...

  • Monster Hunting For Beginners

    Jack is a child. He is small for his age, clumsy and wears glasses. He is also an apprentice monster hunter - after all, his name is Jack. At the start of...

  • Truly Tyler

    Wow I love this book! 384 pages / Reviewed by Martha, age 10

  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

    Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart is a laugh out loud tale of friendship, school girl crushes, teachers,...

  • The Midnight Thief

    Freya wouldn't be at Throgmorton's School for Girls if her father hadn't found the 7 Elrida Dragons of Anglo-Saxon legend. She wouldn't be there if she'd...

  • Secrets and Spies

    Prepare to enter the underworld of covert operations, secret missions and classified information! Secrets and Spies is a non-fiction book...

  • Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong!

    The whole premise of dispelling the common myths about dinosaurs is really simple yet so cleverly done in Everything you Know about Dinosaurs is W...

  • The Shadows of Rookhaven

    Every one hundred years The Great Configuration occurs, when all the Family travel to Rookhaven to take part. When Billy turns up no-one is surprised beca...

  • Billie Swift Takes Flight

    Billie is 12 years old. She loves planes and hates school. She lives near an airfield and the date is 1942. Britain is at war. One day she sees a pilot in...

  • Billie Swift Takes Flight

    Iszi Lawrence has managed to capture an unfamiliar tale of WWII in Billie Swift Takes Flight. This brilliant story highlights the history...

  • The Haunting of Aveline Jones

    The Haunting of Aveline Jones is a deliciously dark, hauntingly-good ghost story, filled to the brim with menace, malevolence and mystery...

  • The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

    I was absolutely bewitched by this story - Phil Hickes is genuine talent in the world of children's fiction. His ghost stories strike the perfect balance...

  • 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...

  • The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth

    The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth is a story set in Oxford, in England, in present day. Lindy is at college and lives with her mother in t...

  • The Edelweiss Pirates

    On his regular visits to his grandfather’s grave, Daniel notices an old man watching him from a nearby monument. One day, Daniel plucks up the courage to...

  • The Ash House

    A new boy arrives at the Ash House. He has no idea of his name or where he has come from. He is confused and in pain. He is given the name Solitude by the...

  • Keeper of Secrets

    It it just Emily and her dad, moving to Badger Cottage in the forest. Emily's mum died and she feels like she has lost both parents as dad is closed off f...

  • Adam-2

    I really like Adam-2 as in the book he has to try to come to terms with everything and he has to try to get the humans to trust him and t...

  • Adam-2

    Adam-2 is a winding road of twists and turns, every turn of the page is another surprise, another shock. This book will capture readers o...

  • Dark and Shallow Lies

    In Dark and Shallow Lies, Grey is back in the small town of La Cachette where she was born and brought back to every summer. Except this...

  • Zara Hossain is Here

    'So...where do I belong?' says Zara in this new novel by author Sabina Khan. 17 year Zara Hussain has a lot to think about. She's the only Pakistani Musli...

  • Three Bullets

    Three Bullets certainly has a lot going on. The main focus is war. The bloods (white supremacists) are trying to take over Britain. They...

  • Precious Catastrophe (Perfectly Preventable Deaths 2)

    The sinister, mysterious story continues in this sequel book, it's not as gory as Perfectly Preventable Deaths but it's just as compelling. This author kn...

  • Precious Catastrophe (Perfectly Preventable Deaths 2)

    Precious Catastrophe is an amazingly spellbinding book containing many dark secrets and happenings. Following on from Perfectly Preventab...

  • Burn

    Patrick Ness is a writer who refuses to be pigeonholed and this mind-bending, genre-defying, completely gripping work of genius re-imagines the Cold War -...

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

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

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton's new historical adventure, Following Frankenstein, follows her earlier Another Twist in the Tale, both dra...

  • Samantha Baines

    Samantha Baines

    Samantha Baines is an award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster, hearing aid wearer and author and her new children's boo...

  • David Farr

    David Farr

    The Book of Stolen Dreams is David Farr's debut novel and is a story he has always wanted to write, and has always...

  • Nick Lake

    Nick Lake

    Locked Out Lily is Nick Lake's first middle grade book for children, who is the critically-acclaimed author of many YA novel...

  • Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler's debut Fireborn, inspired by a computer game, has just been published. Aisling's love of st...

  • 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...

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Author and scientist Dr Nick Cumpton's new book, Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong, brings us up...

  • Alexandra Page

    Alexandra Page

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

  • 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<...

  • Chitra Soundar

    Chitra Soundar

    Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller and her new series, Sindhu an...

  • 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...

  • Laura Dockrill

    Laura Dockrill

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

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

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

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton's new historical adventure, Following Frankenstein, follows her earlier Another Twist in the Tale, both dra...

  • David Farr

    David Farr

    The Book of Stolen Dreams is David Farr's debut novel and is a story he has always wanted to write, and has always...

  • Nick Lake

    Nick Lake

    Locked Out Lily is Nick Lake's first middle grade book for children, who is the critically-acclaimed author of many YA novel...

  • Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Best friends Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter are the authors of Grown: The B...

  • Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler's debut Fireborn, inspired by a computer game, has just been published. Aisling's love of st...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Deirdre Sullivan

    Deirdre Sullivan

    Deirdre Sullivan's latest book Precious Catastrophe is the darkly magical follow-up to Perfectly Preventabl...

  • Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Best friends Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter are the authors of Grown: The B...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 /...

  • David Farr

    David Farr

    The Book of Stolen Dreams is David Farr's debut novel and is a story he has always wanted to write, and has always...

  • Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler's debut Fireborn, inspired by a computer game, has just been published. Aisling's love of st...

  • 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...

  • Alexandra Page

    Alexandra Page

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

  • 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...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

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

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton's new historical adventure, Following Frankenstein, follows her earlier Another Twist in the Tale, both dra...

  • Samantha Baines

    Samantha Baines

    Samantha Baines is an award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster, hearing aid wearer and author and her new children's boo...

  • Deirdre Sullivan

    Deirdre Sullivan

    Deirdre Sullivan's latest book Precious Catastrophe is the darkly magical follow-up to Perfectly Preventabl...

  • David Farr

    David Farr

    The Book of Stolen Dreams is David Farr's debut novel and is a story he has always wanted to write, and has always...

  • Nick Lake

    Nick Lake

    Locked Out Lily is Nick Lake's first middle grade book for children, who is the critically-acclaimed author of many YA novel...

  • Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter

    Best friends Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter are the authors of Grown: The B...

  • Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler

    Aisling Fowler's debut Fireborn, inspired by a computer game, has just been published. Aisling's love of st...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Author and scientist Dr Nick Cumpton's new book, Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong, brings us up...

  • Alexandra Page

    Alexandra Page

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

  • 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<...

  • Chitra Soundar

    Chitra Soundar

    Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller and her new series, Sindhu an...

  • 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...

  • Laura Dockrill

    Laura Dockrill

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

  • 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...

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Angharad Walker

    Angharad Walker

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

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    Anthony Kessel

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

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    Clare Helen Welsh

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

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    Laura Gladwin

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

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    Beach

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    Konnie Huq

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

  • 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...

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    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...

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    Vita Murrow

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

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    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...

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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    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...

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    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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

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    Anthea Simmons

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

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    Wibke Brueggemann

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

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    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

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

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    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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

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    William Goldsmith

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

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    Adam Baron

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

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    Tom Nicoll

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