• Record numbers of children enjoy reading

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Schools that have been working hard to promote reading for pleasure should take heart from new research showing that enjoyment of reading among children has reached a record high - although teenagers remain a challenge!

  • A new Alex Rider - and a TV series to come

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Anthony Horowitz's new Alex Rider book, Never Say Die (Walker Books), has launched with the announcement that a new Alex Rider television series is also in the pipeline.

  • A boyband to die for!

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Everything you have most to fear from boybands is brought hilariously to life in TOM NICOLL's latest novel, THE BOYBAND OF THE APOCALYPSE, about a boyband that plans to take over the world!

  • Find out about the worst pirate - ever!

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Pirates Ahoy! We caught up with author Amy Sparkes to talk all things pirates, treasure and fishy goings-on in her latest series, PIRATE BLUNDERBEARD!

  • Philip Pullman's new three-part work

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    The first volume of Philip Pullman's three-part work The Book of Dust will be called La Belle Sauvage and it will be published on 20 October. The story will follow 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta. You can watch a short video of Pullman talking about The Book of Dust, below.

  • Read an extract from the new Alex Rider!

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Yes, there's a new ALEX RIDER novel publishing on 1st June - but you can read the first chapter from Alex Rider: Never Say Die (Walker Books) in advance here!

  • Jacqueline Wilson Writing Competition

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    This year's Jacqueline Wilson Competition is asking children aged 7-12 years to write a letter to an imaginary person who lives far away. Jacqueline Wilson will help to choose the winners.

  • Poetry shortlist announced

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has announced the 2017 shortlist for the CLiPPA award (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award), which celebrates outstanding poetry for children.