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Literary monsters

6 Magnificently Monstrous Monsters from Children’s Books

Come Face-to-Face with Some of our Most Monstrous Books – You’ll Be Surprised! The Definition Of ‘Monster’: Here are four commonly accepted definitions of “MONSTER” A large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature. A thing of extraordinary or daunting size. A congenitally malformed or mutant animal or plant. Read More
Child listening to audio in grass

Audio 101: How to get started with audiobooks

Good news everyone – audiobooks aren’t just in big, old cassette bundles anymore! You and your children can enjoy audiobooks in lots of different ways – whether you prefer listening to physical CD’s or downloading to your device. Audiobooks can even be enjoyed on a budget! There are also a… Read More
Dominique Valente and Tuppence Middleton

Bringing Stories to Life: The Magic of Audio

Dominique Valente, the author of the magical Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day, reflects on the magic of audiobooks: There is something truly magical about listening to a story. Perhaps it has something to do with humanity’s earliest beginnings, but hearing a story makes every word come alive, every… Read More

CLOSED: Win 1 of 5 Christmas-in-a-box prizes!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.   Are you ready for the brand-new Crayons book from the #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers?!   ‘Tis the season for all of us to write our Christmas wish lists. But everyone knows – even the Crayons – that… Read More
World Book Day 2019

DIY Costume Ideas for World Book Day

Are you looking for the perfect World Book Day costume for your little one? We have lots of really easy (and cheap) DIY costume ideas that’ll blow your teacher’s socks off! Take a look below… Dress up as Grandpa from Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams!  … Read More

Free Audiobook Apps for Mobile, iPad, and Other Devices

Audiobooks are amazing, especially for developing readers. They help with pacing, proper intonation and correct pronunciation whilst immersing children in stories. They are brilliant for reluctant readers too because they don’t provide the barrier of difficult text. Many old recordings are now being revamped with celebrity narrators and amazing music… Read More

How Audiobooks Can Help Improve Children’s Literacy

Listen up parents – audiobooks aren’t just a great way to entertain the kids on long journeys; research also shows they’re brilliant in improving your child’s reading skills and a great way to get reluctant readers more immersed in stories. In her article ‘Listen and learn: why audiobooks are great… Read More
Michael Morpurgo Month 2020

Michael Morpurgo Month 2020

We are now celebrating Michael Morpurgo Month 2020! This February we are celebrating some of Michael Morpurgo’s unforgettable stories, curated into specially chosen themes, Tales of the Sea, Animal Adventures, Times of War and Timeless Tales. The goal is to introduce children to Michael’s books if they are yet to… Read More
Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond

No Berries, No Cake. No Cake? No Way!

‘Mini Rabbit is a bit like an animal representation of myself when I was a child’ John Bond introduces his deliciously funny debut. ‘Mini Rabbit was created during a series of self-initiated illustrations, back in 2015. I was having fun experimenting in Photoshop, merging photographic textures with digital painting techniques… Read More
Black Enough

Read an exclusive sample of Black Enough!

“A powerful collection that opens the reader’s eyes to the breadth and diversity of contemporary experience in America” – June Sarpong, author of DIVERSIFY     Black is male, Black is female, Black is straight, Black is gay, Black is urban, Black is rural, Black is rich. And poor. Read More
The Kid Who Came From Space

Read an extract from Ross Welford’s new book!

Read the first chapter of The Kid Who Came From Space, the latest out-of-this-world adventure from Ross Welford! A small village is rocked by the disappearance of Tammy, 12. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. Read More
Tad by Benji Davies

Tad’s Guide to Pond Dipping

How to go Pond Dipping: Gather your things and find a pond to dip in. First look carefully to see what creatures you can spot around the water e.g. birds and insects.Ask an adult to fill your container with pond water for the creatures you find.Find a good spot where… Read More

Top 10 Half-Term Reads to Get Your Kids Reading

1. Starfell by Dominique Valente Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Useful, but not exactly exciting . . . Then the… Read More
Bloom by Nicola Skinner

What if a packet of Surprising Seeds made a head sprout?

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older, Bloom is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit it, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives. Nicola Skinner introduces her debut children’s… Read More
The Kid Who Came From Space

Win a Planetarium Visit for Your School!

The Kid Who Came from Space is the stunning new story for readers aged 10+ from the award-winning, bestselling author of Time Travelling with a Hamster!   A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old… Read More