Latest Book Reviews

  • Sometimes Families . . .

    We really loved reading Sometimes Families...! Each page rhymes and flows nicely as you read and the pictures are big, bold and clear wit...

  • When I Became Your Daddy

    When I Became Your Daddy is a sweet rhyming book about the relationship between a father and their child. This beautifully illustrated bo...

  • Goodnight Babies . . .

    Goodnight Babies is a really sweet book, perfect as a bedtime story. The story flows as you're reading and rhymes on each page. The pictu...

  • National Trust: My Very First Spotter's Guide: I Spot a Snail

    My Very First Spotter's Guide: I Spot a Snail is a gorgeous lift-the-flap book for babies. Spot the different mini-beasts as you explore...

  • National Trust: Sam Plants a Sunflower

    I was very excited when I saw that a book from my childhood had been redesigned and republished by none other than the extremely talented Axel Scheffler!...

  • Baby Faces: Little Lion, Where Are You?

    Baby Faces: Little Lion, Where Are You? is a really lovely board book for babies and toddlers! Bright and colourful pages with large pull...

  • Our Wild Garden

    Mum and Dad are proud of their neat garden and work hard to keep it tidy and weed free. However, when Poppy and Ali find out about rewilding at school, th...

  • Up High

    We really enjoyed this book! The story is told from the little boy's perspective, so the illustrations are also drawn to match and show what the world loo...

  • Luna Loves Gardening

    Luna Loves Gardening is the sixth title in the picture book series about the little girl discovering her enjoyment of things like art, da...

  • Goodnight Sun

    Goodnight Sun is a really fun book with bright, colourful and engaging illustrations. This book is all about a cheeky sun who doesn't wan...

  • Let's All Say Yes!

    Let's All Say Yes! is a fabulous book about diversity and inclusivity, encouraging the reader to be themselves while recognising that we...

  • Is it a Seed?

    Is it a Seed? depicts a colourful and creative journey through the imagination of two children when they discover a mysterious seed and b...

  • The Children's Book of Wildlife Watching: Tips for Spotting Nature Outdoors

    It is always a pleasure to read a book written by a passionate expert and that is exactly what this is. The Children's Book of Wildlife Watching</...

  • Cinderella of the Nile

    It is a very fun story

  • Bad United: Just For Kicks

    Bad United: Just For Kicks, Lousie Forshaw's newest creation, is packed full of silliness and fun, making it a page-turner for early readers.</str...

  • Marv and the Humongous Hamster

    Marv and his super-suit are back in this, his 6th , adventure, Marv and the Humongous Hamster. Who doesn't need a super-suit and one that...

  • The Best Bad Day Ever

    Marianna Coppo's books are extremely creative and quite frankly different from any other author I've ever encountered, so I couldn't wait to get stuck int...

  • Marv and the Humongous Hamster

    Marv and the Humungous Hamster is the seventh title in the series about a boy called Marvin whose alter ego, Marv, is a superhero. Despit...

  • Ember Spark and the Thunder of Dragons

    When characters in a story have names like Mrs Rickety-Knees and Rusty Fizzbang, you know that you are in for a rip roaring, imaginative adventure. Set in...

  • A Llama Called Lightning

    A Llama Called Lightning is the new instalment from Helen Peters and Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's family owns a farm and are very busy with a...

  • The Witches' Council: Lily Halfmoon 2

    Lily Halfmoon is actually a witch and is keeping it a secret from her family.  It is almost Samhain when magic is at its strongest and witches from across...

  • Licence to Rock: Jawsome 2

    Finley, Hunter, Gilleon and Gnash are ordinary school sharks by day, but at night they take up their other identities as the worldwide sensation rock band...

  • Everything You Know About the Human Body is Wrong!

    A quick look at the Contents page of Everything You Know About the Human Body is Wrong! is immediately intriguing: surely identical twins...

  • Time Travel Twins: The Stone Age Clash

    If you're familiar with this Time Travel Twins series, you’ll know that Scarlett and Thomas are...

  • Ember Spark and the Thunder of Dragons

    Ember Spark is an ordinary girl who is always ready for an adventure to start. One day an adventure does start, and Ember is flung into an adventure more...

  • I Am Wolf

    Coll is a member of the Wolf crew. His home is a giant mechanical Construct of a wolf, which fights other animal shaped Constructs for territory. There is...

  • Transcendent: Book 1

    Epic, sweeping, cinematic action adventure from debut author Patrick Gallagher. Transcendent is a fast-paced , clever and contemporary story that...

  •  What it was like to be an Ancient Maya

    David Long, the acclaimed historical writer, returns to give us a third instalment in the 'What it was like to be….' series. What it was like to b...

  • Little House

    Little House is the new book from Katya Balen. This tender-hearted book seeks to teach us the meaning of home and forgiveness in a beauti...

  • The City Beyond the Stars

    Conflict is still raging between the sorcerers and the alchemists. Yara is living in the Settlement with her friends Mehnoor and Rafi, under the protectio...

  • Angel of Grasmere: From Dunkirk to the Fells

    Tom Palmer's eagerly awaited latest book is worth the wait, offering fans of his work another excellent, thought-provoking story featuring both the battle...

  • Moxie

    This book is incredible! I have always been a feminist, and this book highlights so many important issues! I do not actually know if there is a word to de...

  • Girl on the Fly

    Girl on the Fly by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a heartfelt tale of family and friendship. Kamaria lives with her parents, who are origina...

  • It All Started With A Lie

    Murder, mystery and one amazing, never expected twist at the end... It All Started with a Lie follows Pearl and her three friends on a jo...

  • The Wrong Shoes

    Will has the wrong shoes, they are wrong in every way because Will lives in grinding poverty and has no money for basics, let alone new shoes. Will is at...

  • Too Nice

    For a slim book, Too Nice packs a big emotional punch as the main character, Abby, negotiates the changes her Dad's relationship with ser...

  • Not Like Other Girls

    Not Like Other Girls is not quite like other YA thrillers. It skilfully combines a complex, tense and twisty mystery with a fake-...

  • Twin Crowns (Twin Crowns, Book 1)

    Twin Crowns is the first book in a new YA fantasy that is full of adventure, magic and wonderful characters. . .  Twin sisters have been...

  • Iris Green, Unseen

    'Iris Green is Grey'. The graffiti proves everything that Iris believes about herself - boring, inconsequential, invisible. How has she hooked the delecta...

  • Sister Spirit

    Written by Nigerian-German author Efua Traore, Sister Spirit is her first novel for older readers. This supernatural mystery/thriller wil...

  • Your Time Is Up

    This slick, sparky read from Sarah Naughton is full of recognisable characters and familiar teen angst scenarios. Flitting between a real-time exam and th...

  • Dead Happy

    The much anticipated follow up to Happy Head does not disappoint! I was delighted to review Dead Happy, w...

This Month's Picks

  • Join Ember Spark on a magical adventure!

    Join Ember Spark on a magical adventure!

  • Community, friendship and A Girl on the Fly

    Community, friendship and A Girl on the Fly

  • Catherine Cawthorne explores fairy tales with the Big Bad Wolf!

    Catherine Cawthorne explores fairy tales with the Big Bad Wolf!

Growing Readers See all

  • Tips to keep children reading this summer

    Tips to keep children reading this summer

  • How do we create and maintain a reading habit at home?

    How do we create and maintain a reading habit at home?

  • How can you make reading at home fun?

    How can you make reading at home fun?

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson joins ReadingZone to introduce her picture books, Martha Maps it Out and Martha Maps it Out in Time...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Jarvis

    Jarvis

    Jarvis, author of The Boy With Flowers In His Hair, shares his new picture book, Thank You, with ReadingZone. Jarvis's earli...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Award-winning author and illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo introduces her new picture book, I Love Books, on ReadingZone. <p...

  • Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman and Guilherme Karsten tell ReadingZone how a traditional children's song i...

  • James Carter

    James Carter

    James Carter introduces Once Upon a Big Idea, the latest in his poetry books exploring ideas and science ab...

  • Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed and illustrator Hazem Asif introduce their new picture book, The Best Eid Ever.      </p...

  • Matty Long

    Matty Long

    Matty Long creates picture books including Who Rules the Rockpool?, the Super Happy Magic Forest series, Turbo Bunnies, and...

  • Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson lives in Cornwall in the UK with her husband and dog, cat, ducks and a tortoise called Hercules...

  • Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle's new picture book, A Horse Called Now, explores children's worries with the help of a horse, No...

  • Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in...

  • Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy grew up in South Wales, on a council estate firmly sandwiched between the steel and chemica...

  • John Kane

    John Kane

    When John Kane was younger, he liked to make up stories for his little sister. Jimmy and Bear, who appeared in them, are sti...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw's hilarious new graphic novel series, Bad United, stars Hoof the unicorn in a football team with some unusual...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

    Find out what inspired Jennifer Bell's wondrous new series, Magicalia: Race of Wonders!  Londoner Jennifer Bell worke...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Time Travel Twins series (Andersen Press) takes its readers back in time to explore different...

  • Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree hous...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • 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...

  • Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows.  He is als...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Guy Bass:  Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass: Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass introduces Hugh Dunnit, 'a self-styled detective who loves nothing more than cracking cases and solving mys...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang introduce their new Dragon Force adventure, Devourer's Attack, in this special ReadingZone fea...

  • Steve Webb

    Steve Webb

    Steve Webb tells ReadingZone about his hilarious new graphic novel about the newest superheroes in town, Peng and Sp...

  • Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner, historian, author and podcast host, tells ReadingZone about his new Totally Chaotic History series, sta...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    The bestselling Stitch Head series is getting a new look - as a graphic novel!  Author Guy Bass and illustr...

  • Justin Somper

    Justin Somper

    Justin Somper, author of Vampirates, introduces his brand new pirate series, Pirate Academy! Justin grew up in St Alb...

  • James Nicol

    James Nicol

    James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch series, tells ReadingZone about his new eco fantasy, The Cloud Thief. Jam...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Lola and Larch is Sinéad O'Hart's first chapter book series for young readers. Her books for older readers include...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo introduces her magical new story, The Magician Next Door, and tells Re...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

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

  • Jenny McLachlan

    Jenny McLachlan

    Stink the troublesome fairy is back in Fairy Vs Wizard  Jenny McLachlan's first b...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    Alex Bell introduces her magical new middle grade novel, The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts, the latest in a range of  nove...

  • Bex Hogan

    Bex Hogan

    Bronte Tempestra is author Bex Hogan's first young fiction series and it's packed with adventure, friendship and magical cre...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

    Find out what inspired Jennifer Bell's wondrous new series, Magicalia: Race of Wonders!  Londoner Jennifer Bell worke...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a writer and editor. Her recent books include Beyonce (Knowles-Carter) and Nelson (Mandela), whi...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dåsnes is an author and illustrator. Cross My Heart and Never Lie is her debut as a writer and illustr...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop's new book, On Silver Tides, is her first novel for teenagers. Sylvia spent an entire childhood reading fictio...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain tells ReadingZone what inspired her latest page-turning YA novel, One Last Breath. ...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite is British-Nigerian and has drawn on her heritage to create the world of Goddess Crown. She spent a significant...

  • Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain lives in Belfast where she works with disabled students in further education. Her debut novel, Fly...

  • Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Hollow, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares a...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga & Moose Allain

    Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. Aftera decade at the forefront of brain research, he...

  • Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw

    Louise Forshaw's hilarious new graphic novel series, Bad United, stars Hoof the unicorn in a football team with some unusual...

  • Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair Chisholm's new science fiction novel I Am Wolf (Nosy Crow) is the first in an exc...

  • Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton

    Catherine Bruton, author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria, introduces her new book, Bird Boy. Catherine s...

  • Jennifer Bell

    Jennifer Bell

    Find out what inspired Jennifer Bell's wondrous new series, Magicalia: Race of Wonders!  Londoner Jennifer Bell worke...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's latest novel Sister Spirit draws on her years growing up in Nigeria, as well as the mythology and supe...

  • Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey

    Josh Lacey's Time Travel Twins series (Andersen Press) takes its readers back in time to explore different...

  • Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone

    Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree hous...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behavi...

  • Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson joins ReadingZone to introduce her picture books, Martha Maps it Out and Martha Maps it Out in Time...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change m...

  • Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a writer and editor. Her recent books include Beyonce (Knowles-Carter) and Nelson (Mandela), whi...

  • 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...

  • Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows.  He is als...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, <st...

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan introduces her powerful new verse novel, Where the Heart Should Be (Bloomsbury YA). Sa...

  • Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dasnes

    Nora Dåsnes is an author and illustrator. Cross My Heart and Never Lie is her debut as a writer and illustr...

  • Guy Bass:  Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass: Hugh Dunnit Mysteries

    Guy Bass introduces Hugh Dunnit, 'a self-styled detective who loves nothing more than cracking cases and solving mys...

  • Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard

    Alexandra Sheppard introduces her latest novel, Alyssa and the Spell Garden, exploring community, teamwork...

  • Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne & Sara Ogilvie

    Catherine Cawthorne's Big Bad Wolf Investigates explores the science behind our favourite fairy tales... Gr...

  • Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Katie and Kevin Tsang

    Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang introduce their new Dragon Force adventure, Devourer's Attack, in this special ReadingZone fea...

  • Steve Webb

    Steve Webb

    Steve Webb tells ReadingZone about his hilarious new graphic novel about the newest superheroes in town, Peng and Sp...

  • Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner

    Greg Jenner, historian, author and podcast host, tells ReadingZone about his new Totally Chaotic History series, sta...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle introduces her new swashbuckling tale, Pirates of Darksea!   Catherine grew up beside the Atlantic in the we...

  • Christopher Edge

    Christopher Edge

    Black Hole Cinema Club, Christopher Edge's latest novel, is a love story to movies. Dive into an immersive blockbuster exper...

  • Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    Guy Bass & Pete Williamson

    The bestselling Stitch Head series is getting a new look - as a graphic novel!  Author Guy Bass and illustr...

  • Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain

    Ginny Myers Sain tells ReadingZone what inspired her latest page-turning YA novel, One Last Breath. ...

  • Justin Somper

    Justin Somper

    Justin Somper, author of Vampirates, introduces his brand new pirate series, Pirate Academy! Justin grew up in St Alb...

  • Jarvis

    Jarvis

    Jarvis, author of The Boy With Flowers In His Hair, shares his new picture book, Thank You, with ReadingZone. Jarvis's earli...

  • James Nicol

    James Nicol

    James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch series, tells ReadingZone about his new eco fantasy, The Cloud Thief. Jam...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Award-winning author and illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo introduces her new picture book, I Love Books, on ReadingZone. <p...

  • Piu DasGupta

    Piu DasGupta

    Our debut author of the month Piu DasGupta introduces her novel, Secrets of the Snakestone...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Lola and Larch is Sinéad O'Hart's first chapter book series for young readers. Her books for older readers include...

  • Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan

    Liz Flanagan, an award-winning author who writes about strange worlds and fantastical creatures, joins ReadingZone to introd...

  • Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman & Guilherme Karstenn

    Katrina Charman and Guilherme Karsten tell ReadingZone how a traditional children's song i...

  • Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo

    Rachel Chivers Khoo introduces her magical new story, The Magician Next Door, and tells Re...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

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

  • James Carter

    James Carter

    James Carter introduces Once Upon a Big Idea, the latest in his poetry books exploring ideas and science ab...

  • Jenny McLachlan

    Jenny McLachlan

    Stink the troublesome fairy is back in Fairy Vs Wizard  Jenny McLachlan's first b...

  • Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop

    Sylvia Bishop's new book, On Silver Tides, is her first novel for teenagers. Sylvia spent an entire childhood reading fictio...

  • Gabriel Dylan

    Gabriel Dylan

    For readers who like their adventures laced with a dash of horror.... Look out for Gabriel Dylan's Shiver Point series!...

  • Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed & Hazem Asif

    Sufiya Ahmed and illustrator Hazem Asif introduce their new picture book, The Best Eid Ever.      </p...

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    Alex Bell introduces her magical new middle grade novel, The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts, the latest in a range of  nove...

  • Bex Hogan

    Bex Hogan

    Bronte Tempestra is author Bex Hogan's first young fiction series and it's packed with adventure, friendship and magical cre...

  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    The inspiration to write about Robin Hood struck Tim Hall while trekking in the 'primal and dangerous landscape' of the Amaz...

  • Matty Long

    Matty Long

    Matty Long creates picture books including Who Rules the Rockpool?, the Super Happy Magic Forest series, Turbo Bunnies, and...

  • Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite

    Shade Lapite is British-Nigerian and has drawn on her heritage to create the world of Goddess Crown. She spent a significant...

  • Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain

    Kelly McCaughrain lives in Belfast where she works with disabled students in further education. Her debut novel, Fly...

  • Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland

    Krystal Sutherland is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Hollow, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares a...

  • Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate

    Anna Wilson lives in Cornwall in the UK with her husband and dog, cat, ducks and a tortoise called Hercules...

  • Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle's new picture book, A Horse Called Now, explores children's worries with the help of a horse, No...

  • Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in...

  • Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

    Tracey Corderoy grew up in South Wales, on a council estate firmly sandwiched between the steel and chemica...

  • John Kane

    John Kane

    When John Kane was younger, he liked to make up stories for his little sister. Jimmy and Bear, who appeared in them, are sti...

  • Rachel Greener

    Rachel Greener

    Rachel Greener is a children's books editor from London who has written and edited fiction, non-fiction and...

  • Marcus Sedgwick

    Marcus Sedgwick

    Marcus Sedgwick was a full time author who died unexpectedly in November 2022. He was 54.  He grew up in Kent and had been l...

  • 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...

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When the Wild Calls

When the Wild Calls

We have three sets of Nicola Penfold's acclaimed Where the World Turns Wild and her new book, When the Wild Calls (Little Tiger) to give

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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024

ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024

The competition is open to individual children, libraries and schools in the UK and internationally.  Prizes include £200 of books for ea

This month’s highlights

  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2024 The ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2024 is challenging those aged four to 18 years to make a picture book. The competition is...

  • Book Trailers

    Make a Book Trailer

    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...

  • 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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