• A decade of Aliens and Underpants

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    ....and we're celebrating with a giveaway of all seven books in the 'Underpants' set to a school! We just want to hear your favourite 'Underpants' memory by Friday 30th April!

  • Jeff Povey's Shift giveaway

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    We're giving a shout-out for Escape, the final book in Jeff Povey's Shift series (ages 14+), which publishes this month - and we're giving away two sets of the trilogy, including the books Shift, Delete and Escape (published by Simon & Schuster Children's Books).

  • Geek Girl giveaway!

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    With Forever Geek, the final book in Holly Smale's Geek Girl series, now rolling off the presses, we're thrilled to be able to give away a set of the Geek Girl books to a lucky school library!

  • Picture book giveaway from Flying Eye

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    We have two signed copies of the powerful picture book, The Journey, illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, to give away to two schools.

  • Higher book sales - but fewer readers?

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    While children's book sales are thriving, fewer children are reading for pleasure. Studies from the UK and Australia point the blame for a decline in children's independent reading at screen time, and a fall in the number of parents reading to their children.

  • Darkmouth to be an animated film

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Darkmouth, the fantasy adventure series by Irish author Shane Hegarty (HarperCollins Children's Books), has come one step closer to being made into an animated film with the appointment of two directors to the project.

  • Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists unveiled

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    The shortlists for this year's CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals provides a wide range of choice for those shadowing this year's awards, although the Carnegie shortlist is again geared to secondary readers.

  • Books versus YouTube

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Recent research from Australia indicates that the more access children have to digital devices, the less they read (see link, below). So what happens when you limit the screen time? Caroline Horn, editor of ReadingZone, blogs about her family's experiment with a reluctant reader.