Latest Book Reviews

  • Animal Families: River

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

  • Ready for Spaghetti

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

  • Vehicles

    Vehicles is one of two in a series written by Okidokid – the other being People. Vehicles is an inter...

  • ABC Bedtime

    ABC Bedtime is a bedtime routine support book for parents cleverly hidden in a sweet and calming bedtime story for children. In fact, the...

  • Parp!

    PARP! is written by the very well-travelled author Mike Henson. He's a father of three so it's no surprise that he knows what can get chi...

  • People

    People is one of two lift-the-flap books in a series written by Okidokid – the other being Vehicles. In th...

  • Black Swans

    Black Swans is a super collection of mini biographies of black dancers, detailing some of the barriers they had to overcome to achieve their dream of danc...

  • Nibbles: The Bedtime Book

    A book filled with flaps to open and holes to peep through - what's not to love?! Nibbles: The Bedtime Book is another brilliant book fro...

  • National Trust: Birds of a Feather: Press out and learn about 10 beautiful birds

    Birds of a Feather, published in collaboration with the National Trust, is a must have for every family who has an interest in nature and...

  • Whisper on the Wind

    Whisper on the Wind is an extraordinarily beautiful picture book by an award winning team. In the night Ren dreams and sends a wish acros...

  • Enzo, The Swallows and Me

    On the face of this story, Enzo, the Swallows and Me is about two friends who manage to stay good friends despite one of them moving back...

  • ACHOO!: A laugh-out-loud picture book about sneezing

    The children in Year 1 loved this book, which made them laugh out loud at times. It is silly and at times a little bit weird and crazy, but the children h...

  • Midnight Magic: Witch Trap

    The third book in the Midnight Magic series following the adventures of black cat Midnight and owner...

  • Goldilocks and the Three Crocodiles

    Goldilocks is back! Thanks to the well known author Michael Rosen and illustrator David Melling, we are reunited with the much loved character of Goldiloc...

  • Poo in the Zoo: The Island of Dinosaur Poo

    There's no doubting how much children enjoy the Poo in the Zoo adventures (anything that has 'poo' in the sentence is going to get a chuckle from young ch...

  • An Unexpected Thing

    In An Unexpected Thing, Fred is afraid of everything. He spends his days jumping at loud noises and recoiling from scary shadows. So you...

  • Lucky Cat

    Lucky Cat is a beautiful, uplifting story about an immigrant family living in America, trying to find their way in life. Their initial pl...

  • National Trust: 2023 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac

    Discover all the brilliant things that you can see, make and do with this amazing month by month guide to the year. Published in collaboration with the Na...

  • Black Swans

    This is a short but elegant-looking hardback 'picture book for older readers'. It features six people, some still alive, all of them US residents (even if...

  • Rudy and the Wolf Cub

    When Rudy finds a little lone wolf cub at the skatepark, he knows he has to help him - but Rudy is no lone wolf; he knows the power of the pack and who he...

  • Rudy and the Monster at School

    There is a new boy at school who everyone says is scary. But when he gets upset and runs away from class, Rudy can't just stand by and do nothing. ...

  • India, Incredible India

    This book with its vibrant front cover and images of life in India says...read me! And that's what we did. India, Incredible India is the...

  • The Big Amazing Poetry Book

    If there are any parents or teachers who feel lost about where to find an excellent selection of poems for their children, they need search no more!  <str...

  • Wishtree

    The main character of this whimsical book is an American red oak - and Red, as he's called, is many rings old. Over the years he's seen all sorts of peopl...

  • The Tale of Truthwater Lake

    The year is 2032. The country is experiencing soaring temperatures and curfews are introduced to keep people indoors for their safety. Polly Carraway live...

  • The Treekeepers

    The Treekeepers is a stunning, epic fantasy tale - a sweeping adventure built from layer upon layer of the most intricate and inventive i...

  • Tyger

    It's the twenty first century in London - but a London that is only partly recognisable. It is still the global capital of an Empire that rules the world...

  • The Arctic Railway Assassin

    Hal is flying off to Sweden to meet his Uncle Nat. Together, they are going to make a special Christmas trip to the Aurora Sky Station to see the Northern...

  • Sticky Pines: The Valley of the Strange

    The Valley of The Strange is the third in the Sticky Pines - where things get weird - series by Dashe Roberts. The Stick...

  • The Treekeepers

    Home to thousands, the city of Arborven owes its existence to the Undrentree. A well as the buildings covering the tree, set in rings around it are the ci...

  • S.T.E.A.L.T.H.: Ice Breaker: Book 2

    The second instalment of Jason Rohan’s series, S.T.E.A.L.T.H, Icebreaker is the long-awaited book following Access Denied. The series is an excellent resp...

  • Journey Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story

    Snatched from Essaka in Africa, Olaudah Equiano was captured and enslaved at the age of 11. Having spent time in Barbados and Virginia, he then spent the...

  • Fear Ground (Dread Wood, Book 2)

    Let me start with a disclaimer - I hate scary books. As a child, I lost countless nights of sleep whilst lying paralysed with fear waiting for monsters, a...

  • Let's Chase Stars Together: Poems to lose yourself in

    Let's Chase Stars Together is a stunning collection of poems, reflecting a whole range of emotions. Matt Goodfellow is an exceptionally t...

  • The Last Storyteller: Winner of the Newbery Medal

    In The Last Storyteller, a comet is heading for Earth and an exodus of the chosen few has begun. Petra and her family are some of the one...

  • Wranglestone

    Wranglestone is set in a post-apocalyptic America after a plague has brought back the dead, and follows the lives of people surviving in...

  • The Haunting of Tyrese Walker

    The chilling young adult novel by J P Rose follows the story of a young boy from Manchester, entrapped by emotions following his father's death, the young...

  • Stone

    17 year old Sam's father, a sergeant in the British Army, was killed in a bomb attack while serving in Afghanistan. Sam had been close to his dad and love...

  • Mina and the Slayers

    Mina and the Slayers is the hotly awaited sequel to Mina and the Undead. It is in this sequel t...

  • Nothing More to Tell

    I enjoyed reading this thriller. It is set in a small town where a much-loved teacher has been murdered and the world tries to move on - until a former st...

  • The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

    Collected stories, a decades-long murder mystery, new friendships, and themes of healing and self-discovery - with a little of the supernatural thrown in....

  • One Drop

    In One Drop, Axel and Dune are captured by the 'Bloods' (Brotherhood of the Blood of Jesus). Chips inserted in their heads and placed in...

This Month's Picks

  • Simon Philips reads from Achoo!

    Simon Philips reads from Achoo!

  • Meet a small mouse, called Clementine

    Meet a small mouse, called Clementine

  • Hunting for The Last Whale

    Hunting for The Last Whale

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  • Growing readers with fiction series

    Growing readers with fiction series

  • Starting School - Early Skills

    Starting School - Early Skills

  • Starting School - Early Reading and Writing Skills

    Starting School - Early Reading and Writing Skills

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Ada Grey

    Ada Grey

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

  • Molly Potter

    Molly Potter

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

  • Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

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

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

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

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

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

  • Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope

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

  • Patrice Lawrence

    Patrice Lawrence

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

  • Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

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

  • Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace

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

  • Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

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

  • Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow

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

  • Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

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

  • Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie

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

  • Casper Salmon

    Casper Salmon

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

  • Lu Fraser

    Lu Fraser

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

  • Karen Swann

    Karen Swann

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

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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

  • Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope

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

  • Jasbinder Bilan

    Jasbinder Bilan

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

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

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

  • Paul Westmoreland

    Paul Westmoreland

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

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

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

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

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

  • Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd

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

  • Michelle Harrison

    Michelle Harrison

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

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

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

  • Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell

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

  • Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell

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

  • Lou Peacock

    Lou Peacock

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

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

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

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

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

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

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

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

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

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

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

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

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

  • Anna James

    Anna James

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

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Pamela Butchart

    Pamela Butchart

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

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

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

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

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

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

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

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

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

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

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

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

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

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

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

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

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

  • Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo

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

  • Adam Baron

    Adam Baron

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

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

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

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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

  • Sibeal Pounder

    Sibeal Pounder

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

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

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

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

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

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

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

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza

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

  • Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope

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

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

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

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

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

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

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

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

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

  • Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow

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

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

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

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

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

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

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

  • Anna James

    Anna James

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

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

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

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

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

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

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

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

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

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

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

  • A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold

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

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

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

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

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

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

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

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

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

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

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

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

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

  • JP Rose

    JP Rose

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

  • Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton

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

  • Rachel Burge

    Rachel Burge

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

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

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

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

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

  • Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

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

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

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

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

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

  • Tracy Darnton

    Tracy Darnton

    Tracy Darnton's new tense YA page-turner, Ready or Not, follows a group of teenagers meeti...

  • Sue Divin

    Sue Divin

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

  • Sita Brahmachari

    Sita Brahmachari

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

  • Paul Westmoreland

    Paul Westmoreland

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

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

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

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

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

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

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

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

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

  • Lucy Hope

    Lucy Hope

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

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

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

  • Jasbinder Bilan

    Jasbinder Bilan

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

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

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

  • Paul Westmoreland

    Paul Westmoreland

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

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

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

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

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

  • Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd

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

  • Michelle Harrison

    Michelle Harrison

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

  • JP Rose

    JP Rose

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

  • Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton

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

  • Ada Grey

    Ada Grey

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

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

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

  • Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow

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

  • Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell

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

  • Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell

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

  • Lou Peacock

    Lou Peacock

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

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

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

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

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

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

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

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

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

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

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

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

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

  • Anna James

    Anna James

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

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

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

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

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

  • Rachel Burge

    Rachel Burge

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

  • Pamela Butchart

    Pamela Butchart

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

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

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

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

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

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

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

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

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

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

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

  • Molly Potter

    Molly Potter

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

  • Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

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

  • Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

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

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

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

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

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

  • A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold

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

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

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

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

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

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

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

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

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

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

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

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

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

  • Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo

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

  • Adam Baron

    Adam Baron

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

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

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

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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

  • Sibeal Pounder

    Sibeal Pounder

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

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

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

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

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

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

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

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

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

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

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

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

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

  • Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope

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

  • Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza

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

  • Patrice Lawrence

    Patrice Lawrence

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

  • Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

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

  • Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace

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

  • Sue Divin

    Sue Divin

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

  • Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

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

  • Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow

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

  • Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

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

  • Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie

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

  • Casper Salmon

    Casper Salmon

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

  • Lu Fraser

    Lu Fraser

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

  • Karen Swann

    Karen Swann

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

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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

  • Sita Brahmachari

    Sita Brahmachari

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

  • William Hussey

    William Hussey

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

  • Pippa Curnick

    Pippa Curnick

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

  • Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

    Jessie James & Tamara Anegon

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

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Emma Carroll anniversary giveaway!

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Create a Comic Competition

Create a Comic Competition

This autumn, we will be challenging children from ages seven to 16 years to create their own comic strip, with resources and support on t

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  • Comic Strip

    Create a Comic Competition

    Create a Comic Competition

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

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    Make a Book Trailer

    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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