• Worst Witch series comes to CBBC

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    A new 12-part series for CBBC, The Worst Witch, begins on Wednesday 11th January at 4.30-5pm. The series is based on Jill Murphy's much loved Worst Witch books about Mildred Hubble, a seemingly ordinary girl who is catapulted into a whole new world of magic.

  • What would you do if you became invisible?

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    In Ross Welford's WHAT NOT TO DO IF YOU TURN INVISIBLE, Ethel Leatherhead is terrified to discover she's invisible - but that is soon the least of her problems. We ask author ROSS WELFORD to tell us more.

  • Simple Template for your picture books

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Here is a very simple template that you can use to set out your picture book. The template is set in Portrait style (upright rather than landscape), and is 24 pages long, including the front and back covers.

  • How to enter your picture book(s)

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Once your picture books are finished, you will need to complete the simple online entry form (see link, below). Please read the following information before filling out your form.

  • Picture Book Competition Guidelines

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    The ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017 is now open. Here are some guidelines for the competition, which will run through schools, libraries and homes until Saturday 29th April - the final date for entries.

  • Winner of the 2016 Picture Book Competition

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    The overall winner for the 2016 competition was a secondary entry, The Grand Pancake Race, created by William Thompson from Cockermouth School. You can download the picture book, below.

  • Tips for Creating a Picture Book

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Here are some general tips to help children get started in creating their picture books, including thinking about character, settings and planning the story. You can also download these tips via the link, below.

  • Brian Conaghan wins Costa children's award

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Costa has announced the winners of the Costa Book Awards 2016 in the First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book categories, with Brian Conaghan taking the children's award for his YA novel, The Bombs That Brought Us Together.