Latest Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

  • Tim Hopgood's Wonderful World of Colours

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

  • Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

    Prepare to fall head over heels in love with Ruffles and his little puppy friends in David Melling's latest picture book series for young readers. Beautif...

  • 123 (Percy the Park Keeper)

    Percy the Park Keeper has been a common addition to libraries and book collections for over 30 years and this latest release is aimed at the youngest of P...

  • All Aboard the Numbers Train

    What a joyful approach to counting, I can see fun-loving youngsters really enjoying this journey on the 'Numbers Train'! In this space-themed counting boo...

  • Never Mess With a Pirate Princess

    Never Mess with a Pirate Princess is a brilliant pirate adventure book which refreshingly has a female main character. This is the newest...

  • The Cat and the Rat and the Hat

    This is quite literally a game of cat and mouse… well, switch the mouse to and rat and add in a hat and a bat and you've got a highly energetic and hilari...

  • National Trust: The Wide, Wide Sea

    The Wide, Wide Sea, published by Nosy Crow and in collaboration with the National Trust is an empowering story about preserving our beach...

  • The Mighty Lions & the Big Match: What if We Don't Win?

    Children often feel the pressure to perform in large parts of their lives - from social circles, to school and even the sports field. Children are even mo...

  • There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story

    The Big Bad Wolf is late again and is ruining stories as he rushes through the forest to Grandma's house. The Three Little Pigs, Grandma and the rest of t...

  • I Spy Island

    I read this book to a class of 30 reception children who were excited by the front cover and who the characters were. The children liked joining in with t...

  • A Hundred and One Daffodils: A Bloomsbury Young Reader: Lime Book Band

    A Hundred and One Daffodils is a great book for early readers who are just starting to build their fluency and reading stamina. The brigh...

  • Let's Play, Daddy Bear! A Bloomsbury Young Reader: Purple Book Band

    Part of the 'Bloomsbury Young Readers' story, Let's Play, Daddy Bear! is a beginners chapter book that early readers will enjoy. Little B...

  • Story Soup

    The front cover of Story Soup is full of details about the characters and what might happen in the story, and it's a great hook into this...

  • Now You See Me, Now You Don't

    Chameleon can make himself invisible by blending in with his surroundings. This opens up the opportunity for him to be mischievous with his jungle friends...

  • Agent Llama

    Charlie Palmer is no ordinary Llama. She is a secret agent on a special mission to find some missing underpants! I loved Charlie Palmer, 00-LLama, a stron...

  • There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story

    This front cover entices you in by the familiar characters who all look slightly flummoxed and perhaps a little grumpy so the children in my class were ea...

  • The Elephant in the Room

    A heart-warming story of Sila who is desperately missing her mother after she is sent away for immigration issues. As weeks turn to months, she becomes wi...

  • An Alien in the Jam Factory

    With a jam factory, a jealous neighbour and Fizzbee the alien, what's not to like about this book? There's enough humour in An Alien in the Jam Fa...

  • Edie and the Box of Flits

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

  • Hope Jones Clears the Air

    This is the third Hope Jones book in the series. This time, the impassioned and pro-active Hope has air pollution on her mind (as well as lungs) and with...

  • 24 Hours In the Stone Age

    24 Hours in the Stone Age is one of the best resources I have found written for this time period. It is written in an incredibly engaging...

  • Kate on the Case

    A book written for junior crime detectives! Kate and her accomplice Rupert the mouse, are embarking on a train journey to the Arctic. However, not long af...

  • The Elephant in the Room

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

  • The House on the Edge

    Faith and her young brother Noah live with their mother in The Lookout; a crumbling house, teetering on the edge of a Dorset cliff top. Faith's father has...

  • Life Skills

    Life Skills by Keilly Swift is a brilliant guide, teaching children essential life skills that they will undoubtedly need as they grow up. Helping childre...

  • The Mysterious Life of Dr Barry: A Surgeon Unlike Any Other

    The author's own background (which we read on one of the preliminary pages of The Mysterious Life of Dr Barry: A Surgeon Unlike Any Other...

  • Storm Witch

    It is the time of The Choosing, the rite of passage ceremony when all of the island's 13 year olds are chosen by one of the four Elementals - Earth, Air,...

  • The Race

    Born in China, Lili was adopted when 18 months by her English father and Scottish mother. Together with her little sister, Alice, who they adopted from Ka...

  • The Climbers

    An original story about finding your place in the world and the struggles many teenagers feel to fit in. The Climbers will really appeal...

  • The Ship of Shadows

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

  • Mystery of the Night Watchers

    The Mystery of the Night Watchers is such a lovely read. As Haley's comet is drawing ever closer to earth a mother uproots her daughters...

  • The Last Paper Crane

    Mizuki is troubled. Her grandfather does not seem like the man she once knew and one day he reveals a secret that has been burdening him for many years. M...

  • Red Sky Burning

    Red Sky Burning is the second instalment of The Circle Trilogy from the amazing YA author Teri Terry. Her books are desc...

  • Robin Hood 3: Jet Skis, Swamps & Smugglers

    Robin Hood: Jet Skis, Swamps and Smugglers is the third book in this action-packed adventure series by the master storyteller Robert Much...

  • Every Line of You

    With her debut novel for young adults, Every Line of You, Gibson has created a captivating, thought-provoking, tense thriller of a page-t...

  • Savage Island

    Five friends decide to enter the Iron Teen - a problem solving, endurance test on a remote island in the Shetlands, hosted by the Gold Foundation. The tea...

  • Any Way the Wind Blows

    Any Way The Wind Blows is the final book of the Simon Snow series from the author, Rainbow Rowell. This book is a finale; it tells secret...

  • The Forevers

    Gripping from the outset, Chris Whittaker's first book for young adults is a compulsive dystopian page-turner that charts the devastation, fear and disill...

  • Raising Hell

    I really enjoyed Raising Hell because I liked the theme of black magic. This book helps to imagine what would happen if magic was actuall...

  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy

    Emmanual Acho is a Nigerian-American former NFL player whose series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man was made in response to the death of Geor...

This Month's Picks

  • Stories with an edge!

    Stories with an edge!

  • Fractured Fairy Tales from Lou Carter

    Fractured Fairy Tales from Lou Carter

  • Em Lynas's new picture book about a cat, a rat - and a hat

    Em Lynas's new picture book about a cat, a rat - and a hat

Growing Readers See all

  • Starting School - Early Skills

    Starting School - Early Skills

  • Starting School - Early Reading and Writing Skills

    Starting School - Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Great books for teenaged readers

    Great books for teenaged readers

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...

  • Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson

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

  • Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

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

  • 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...

  • Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and her latest novel, Between Sea and Sky, Nicola Penfold explores how climate chang...

  • 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...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

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

  • 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....

  • Jenni Spangler

    Jenni Spangler

    Jenni Spangler writes children's books with a magical twist and her new book, The Incredible Talking Machine, has plenty of...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's Children of the Quicksands draws on her childhood in Nigeria and the mythology of the regions. Efua gre...

  • 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...

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

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

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Julia Golding

    Julia Golding

    Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and se...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson is a primary school teacher based in north east England. She loves her job and her debut book, The Miraculous...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

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

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

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

  • Cath Howe

    Cath Howe

    Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in South West London writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age child...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

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

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine grew up on different army bases in Germany and Cyprus. She studied English Literature at Goldsmith College a...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist for the likes of the Guardian and the Pool before being inspired to wri...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

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

  • Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft was born in New Zealand and raised in Leeds, West  Yorkshire. He graduated from Falmouth School of Art and i...

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

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

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the bestselling author of books including The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Am I Normal Yet? and Are W...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's Children of the Quicksands draws on her childhood in Nigeria and the mythology of the regions. Efua gre...

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

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

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Born in Chobham, by an airfield, and raised outside Winchester on the banks of the river Itchen, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

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

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

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

  • 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...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

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

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the bestselling author of books including The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Am I Normal Yet? and Are W...

  • 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...

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

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

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

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

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

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

  • Elen Caldecott

    Elen Caldecott

    Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was h...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

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

  • Alex 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...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's Children of the Quicksands draws on her childhood in Nigeria and the mythology of the regions. Efua gre...

  • Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero

    Gianna Pollero was born and raised in Kent but also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in northern Italy, where th...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • Em Norry

    Em Norry

    Emma (she also writes as EL Norry) has a BA (Hons) in Film and an MA in Screenwriting and has written a number of short stor...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

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

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

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

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • 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...

  • Vita Murrow

    Vita Murrow

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

  • Anna Wilson

    Anna Wilson

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

    Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

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

  • 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...

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe

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

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and her latest novel, Between Sea and Sky, Nicola Penfold explores how climate chang...

  • Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft

    Jason Cockcroft was born in New Zealand and raised in Leeds, West  Yorkshire. He graduated from Falmouth School of Art and i...

  • Phil Earle

    Phil Earle

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

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the bestselling author of books including The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Am I Normal Yet? and Are W...

  • 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...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

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

  • 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...

  • Jenni Spangler

    Jenni Spangler

    Jenni Spangler writes children's books with a magical twist and her new book, The Incredible Talking Machine, has plenty of...

  • Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré

    Efua Traoré's Children of the Quicksands draws on her childhood in Nigeria and the mythology of the regions. Efua gre...

  • 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...

  • Karl Newson

    Karl Newson

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

  • Ben Bailey Smith

    Ben Bailey Smith

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

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Bryony Pearce

    Bryony Pearce

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

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Steve Small has worked in animation for over 30 years as a director, designer, and animator. The work has v...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

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

  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay

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

  • Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold across the globe. She was...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson

    Jenny Pearson is a primary school teacher based in north east England. She loves her job and her debut book, The Miraculous...

  • Sally Anne Garland

    Sally Anne Garland

    Sally Anne Garland grew up in a small town called Alness in the Highlands of Scotland. According to her parents, her first r...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Ros Roberts

    Ros Roberts

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

  • Tim Tilley

    Tim Tilley

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

  • Cath Howe

    Cath Howe

    Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in South West London writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age child...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born and educated in Enfield, North London, the third and youngest child of a fireman and a teache...

  • Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

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

  • Peter Brown

    Peter Brown

    Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing characters and scenes from his...

  • Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie P Brooks

    Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winni...

  • Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine

    Jenny Valentine grew up on different army bases in Germany and Cyprus. She studied English Literature at Goldsmith College a...

  • Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

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

  • Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi and James Jones

    Naomi has loved stories for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to write books. She w...

  • David Melling

    David Melling

    David grew up in London with various siblings and a selection of animals (the dog is probably worth a mention). His father w...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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

  • Anthea Simmons

    Anthea Simmons

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

  • Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner

    Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist for the likes of the Guardian and the Pool before being inspired to wri...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

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

  • Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

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

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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

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William Sutcliffe's The Summer We Turned Green

William Sutcliffe's The Summer We Turned Green

William Sutcliffe's latest novel for teenagers, The Summer We Turned Green (Bloomsbury Children's Books) ex

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Send a video review to ReadingZone!

Send a video review to ReadingZone!

Here are Charlie and Lara sharing their Top Five Favourite Picture Books with us - and what a great selection they have made! Hopefully s

This month’s highlights

  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

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

  • Book Trailers

    Make a Book Trailer

    Make a Book Trailer

    Vega Jane Book Trailer Create a book trailer for ReadingZone, introducing Vega Jane and the Secrets of Sorcery, and encourage others to read the book!</p...

  • Podcasts

    Create your own Podcast

    Create your own Podcast

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

  • Videos & Vlogs

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Creating a Book Vlog

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

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