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  • 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...

  • Animal Homes

    A great introduction to non-fiction books, this lovely pop-up book tells children about a variety of different animal homes. From mice to arctic foxes, each...

  • Hop Little Bunnies

    This book is similar to the nursery rhyme of the same name, and uses the same structure to wake up different animals - bunnies, lambs, chicks, kittens and du...

  • The Little Seed: A classic bedtime story to read together

    A lovely new picture book aimed at really little ones. 'Moon and Me' has already hit CBeebies with its new show reminiscent of 'In the Night Garden'. This...

  • The Worrying Worries

    When a little child finds a worry, they decide to keep it as a pet and take it everywhere with them. Soon, the worry starts to take over their life, making i...

  • Luna Loves Art

    Luna is bursting with excitement. Today, her class are going on a school trip to an art gallery and mum is coming as a parent helper. Everyone is looking for...

  • Wild

    Wild is the picture book debut from mum-blogger duo Annette Demetriou and Dawn White. Their blogs are centered on the challenges and pres...

  • Once Upon a Mermaid's Tail

    Do you know how mermaids got their tails? It all began once upon a magic ocean, with a little boy called Theodore who loved to collect fish. One day, he f...

  • This is NOT a Unicorn!

    Prepare to meet the ultimate technicolour companion! A little girl befriends what she thinks is a unicorn but it's oh so much more than that. Limitless im...

  • Love Our Earth: A Colourful Counting Story

    A delightful introduction to our planet and caring for it, this jolly and colourful non-fiction book will provide hours of entertainment with spotting and...

  • Old Macdonald Had a Phone

    Old Macdonald loves his phone. It helps him to organise things on the farm and keep it running smoothly. However, when he needs to order a new one, he ends u...

  • The Secret Life of Bees: Meet the bees of the world, with Buzzwing the honeybee

    Follow Buzzwing the honey bee on an unforgettable journey as you discover the secrets of the busy, buzzing world of bees. This is a beautifully written an...

  • The Rock from the Sky

    A cast of three contemplate and deliberate the significance of a large rock in this zen-like conversation-based tale. An unexpected other worldly c...

  • Do You Love Dinosaurs?

    Dinosaur books are usually always a winner so I had high hopes for this, and wasn't disappointed. Written by Matt Robinson, author of the award winning Do...

  • What Did the Tree See?

    What Did the Tree See? is an eye catching and clever tale of how the world and landscape has changed through the eyes of a growing oak tr...

  • The Bear, the Piano and Little Bear's Concert

    Do you remember the story of the bear who found the piano in the woods? Years later, the dream is over and Bear has returned to the forest. The piano stand...

  • The Smidgens

    Smidgens are tiny people, and the Sprout family believes they could be the last of their kind. Until one day, Gafferty Sprout stumbles upon an atlas that...

  • Monster Doughnuts (Monster Doughnuts 1)

    A completely wacky and hilarious story about a 10-year-old girl who is a monster hunter! But Grace isn’t any normal monster hunter, she has discovered tha...

  • Rainbow Magic: Rihanna the Seahorse Fairy: The Magical Animal Fairies Book 4

    I just love it, my child just loved it so much and he started continuing reading more and more books this is a really entertaining book that you have to r...

  • Pizazz vs the New Kid: The super awesome new superhero series!

    The amazing new sequel - Pizazz vs The New Kid by Sophy Henn - is a witty reminder that superheroes are human too. This humorous story mixes the reality of b...

  • The Incredible Record Smashers

    The Incredible Record Smashers is the tale of a girl whose mum suffers with depression, and her attempts to help, which don't exactly go...

  • The Incredible Record Smashers

    The Incredible Record Smashers begins when Lucy, who is usually more interested in fixing things, punches Billy on the nose in class and...

  • When the Sky Falls

    When the Sky Falls is a thrilling World War II story set against the backdrop of the Blitz. Joseph is sent into the city in 1941 to live with Mrs F, a str...

  • Harklights

    Wick (not his real name) is an orphan working at the Harklights match factory and orphanage. Conditions for the orphans, whose real names are taken from t...

  • By Ash, Oak and Thorn

    Reminiscent of The Borrowers, this immersive read about the Hidden Folk living in plain sight all around us is brilliant. Each chapter has an epigraph at...

  • The Lightning Catcher

    The Lightning Catcher is Clare Weze's debut novel for children and what a fantastic debut it is! The story centres around Alfie Bradley a...

  • How to be Me

    How To Be Me is an honest and tender look at what it feels like to be an outsider and to experience the pain of not being understood. How...

  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Edge of the Ocean: Book 2

    Another triumph for L.D Lapinski in book 2 of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: Edge of the Ocean. Born out of the pandemic, what better s...

  • Feast of the Evernight

    I loved the first Evernight book – darkness, magic and wonderful heroes and heroines – and soon slipped right back into the enchanting world of The Silver...

  • We Were Wolves

    A boy lives in a caravan on his own waiting for his father to return from a short stay in prison. The beasts and wild animals of the past keep him company...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    When I first read the blurb, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy The Outlaws Scarlett & Brown because of the setting, but when I st...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    A new series from Jonathan Stroud is always an event and this explosive new book is no exception. The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne is se...

  • Vega Jane and the Secrets of Sorcery

    First page - double page spread of Wormwood. A map is essential if you're to introduce me to the new world you've built and expect me to embrace it, so I...

  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne is the latest romp of an adventure from Jonathan Stroud, author of Lockwood & Co and the Bartimaeus...

  • Kid: A History of The Future

    Kid is a debut novel, the first in a trilogy and 614 pages long however, it didn't take me too long to get to the end as it's an engaging, well planned ou...

  • Eve out of Her Ruins

    This is not a book for the faint-hearted in an extremely positive way. Ananda Devi does not shy away from the bleak life outcomes of four young Mauritians...

  • Tremendous Things

    Wilbur writes an embarrassing letter to his future self and Tyler (a school bully) finds it and puts it on Social Media. Wilbur becomes a laughing stock a...

  • We Were Wolves

    In We Were Wolves, Boy lives in a caravan on his own in the woods. His dad, John, is in prison and promises to get out soon. All the boy...

  • The Gilded Ones

    The Gilded Ones is brilliant! Gripping, full of threat, peril and totally absorbing, this debut novel has been written by new author, Nam...

  • The Gilded Ones

    The Gilded Ones is an amazing debut novel by Namina Forna. I was fortunate to receive a limited-edition book proof from Usborne and it ha...

This Month's Picks

  • Meet Ruffles by David Melling

    Meet Ruffles by David Melling

  • Jonathan Stroud's new dystopian series for 12+ readers

    Jonathan Stroud's new dystopian series for 12+ readers

  • Helen Harvey on gaming and bullying in her new book, Emmy Levels Up

    Helen Harvey on gaming and bullying in her new book, Emmy Levels Up

Growing Readers See all

  • Great books for teenaged readers

    Great books for teenaged readers

  • How do you encourage young children to love reading?

    How do you encourage young children to love reading?

  • Encouraging children to keep reading

    Encouraging children to keep reading

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • 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...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  •  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...

  • Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree is an award-winning nature and travel author, and conservation pioneer. Her bestselling adult...

  • Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

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

  • 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...

  • Rebecca Colby

    Rebecca Colby

    REBECCA COLBY started 'writing' before she learned the alphabet, creating songs from her imagination and memorising the lyri...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • 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...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Alex Bellos And Ben Lyttleton

    Alex Bellos And Ben Lyttleton

    En Lyttleton is an author, broadcaster and consultant to professional football clubs. He has writte...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • 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...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • 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 /...

  • KL Kettle

    KL Kettle

    KL Kettle is a global business person, girl boss and general nerd wrangler by day; by night she writes novels, short stories...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • 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...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

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

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay was lucky enough to be raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea. She left part of her heart underwat...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • Lesley Parr

    Lesley Parr

    Lesley Parr grew up in South Wales, at the bottom of a valley and quite near a seaside steelworks. Now she lives in the midd...

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • KL Kettle

    KL Kettle

    KL Kettle is a global business person, girl boss and general nerd wrangler by day; by night she writes novels, short stories...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Stroud wrote his first novel – Buried Fire – while working as an editor at Walker Books...

  • Helen Harvey

    Helen Harvey

    Helen grew up in a wild and unruly corner of the internet, where she dodged flames, crafted websites and led a guild of magi...

  • 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...

  • Jess Kidd

    Jess Kidd

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Annelise Gray

    Annelise Gray

    Debut children's author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up ridin...

  • Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay Galvin

    Lindsay was lucky enough to be raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea. She left part of her heart underwat...

  • 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...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine grew up in Stratford-on-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the West Midlands. She studied Ameri...

  • Rachel Delahaye

    Rachel Delahaye

    After studying linguistics, Rachel embarked on a career in journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She n...

  • Hannah Gold

    Hannah Gold

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

  • S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson

    S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a n...

  • Wibke Brueggemann

    Wibke Brueggemann

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

  • Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon

    Cat Weldon writes funny books for children and is a little bit obsessed with Vikings. She has an MA in Scriptwriting, and a...

  • Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree & Allira Tee

    Isabella Tree is an award-winning nature and travel author, and conservation pioneer. Her bestselling adult...

  • Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

    Catherine Barr; Steve Williams

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

  • 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...

  • 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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Alex Rider pack to give away!

Alex Rider pack to give away!

To celebrate the launch of the latest Alex Rider book - Nightshade - into paperback, we're giving away the first 11 books in the series w

Get Creative See all

Myths, Magic and Mayhem : National Share-A-Story Month May 2021.

Myths, Magic and Mayhem : National Share-A-Story Month May 2021.

National Share-A-Story Month #NSSM2021 is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, bringing children and sto

This month’s highlights

  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book

    We're challenging those aged four to 18 years to create a picture book! Mini Grey, the author and illustrator of Traction Man is Here and The Last Wolf, is judging the co...

  • 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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