Children’s Literature

Final Roald Dahl Book to be Published with new Illustrations

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The Minpins was the last children’s book by Roald Dahl published before the author’s death and was first published in 1991. Now it’s announced that the book is to be reissued with a new title and new illustrations.

Billy and the Minpins, a new title to reflect Dahl’s original name for the book will be published in hardback later this year and the book will come with brand new illustrations from Quentin Blake. It’ll be the first time the illustrator has illustrated a new Dahl hero in over 20 years, and fans are pretty excited! Read More

Dick Bruna, The Creator of Miffy, Dies Age 89

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Dick Bruna, the creator of beloved bunny rabbit character Miffy, has died aged 89.

He wrote and illustrated around 124 picture books, and also designed posters and books for the Black Bear pocket edition books.

During a career spanning 60 years, Bruna became internationally well-known. Although he retired in 2011, his works continued to be published in over 60 countries!

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Tom Hardy’s Second Bedtime Story Goes Viral

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At New Year, Tom Hardy read the CBeebies bedtime story for the BBC along with his pet dog and the Internet went nuts! The actor is hot property right now and the reading caused a furore among mums as the rather attractive actor read a bedtime story to their kids.

A few weeks ago the BBC announced that Hardy was coming back (and so was the dog) for another bedtime story for Valentine’s Day and we can honestly say it’s been another resounding success. Read More

Disney Promotes the Magic of Storytelling

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Disney has inspired children and adults alike for decades with their imaginative stories and characters. Telling stories has been a big part of Disney’s world, and they have recently been encouraging youngsters to read and even create some of their own. Magic of Storytelling is an initiative in which Disney and their partners come together to encourage and help children enter the world of story telling.

With help from Emma Watson, most recently known for her starring role in Beauty and the Beast, Disney are promoting reading and creativity for all children. One of the Disney partners is First Book, a non-profit organisation helping children in need access books and learning supplies. With Disney’s help they can ensure all children have the magic of storytelling at their fingertips.

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Crowdfunding Supports New LGBT Book Release

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On Tuesday 14th February Promised Land was released to the general public after a Crowdfunding campaign raised $40,000 (NZD) to see this project come to life.

The brains, and hearts, behind the book are writers Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds from Wellington, New Zealand, who worked tirelessly to see this inclusive fairytale land come to life along with co-illustrators Bo Moore and Christine Luiten.

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Children’s Book Award Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Shortlist for the 2017 Children’s Book Awards was announced this morning and is the only National Award for children’s book voted for entirely by children. It’s a great place to get recommendations, and winning is a fantastic accolade.

Categories for the award are split into Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers, Books for Older Readers, plus an overall Book of the Year Winner. Children can vote now and have until 17th May to do so, and the shortlisted books are here!


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Prisoners to Read with Their Children in New Scheme

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A collaboration between Essex Libraries, Red Lion Books in Colchester and Chelmsford Prison will mean that convict fathers will be able to give books to their visiting children and read with them in a new scheme.

The initiative is designed to help children improve their reading skills, while visiting their fathers in prison, solidifying positive stereotypes and helping prisoners to resist reoffending. Read More

Adrian Mole Celebrates His 50th Birthday

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If like me you grew up with the angsty, sullen teenager, Adrian Mole then you may feel quite old upon hearing the news that Adrian Mole turns 50 this year.

The original book, the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, by the late Sue Townsend was first released in 1982 when Adrian Mole was aged 13 and ¾. His birthday is put at April 2nd 1967 and that means he’s 50 this year. Read More

Educational Entertainment from Horrible Histories

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In 1993 the book series ‘Horrible Histories’ started to fill book shop and library shelves. Written by Terry Deary, and illustrated by Martin Brown, the series has proven to be popular with children, parents, and teachers alike. The first two books published in ’93, Awful Egyptians, and Terrible Tudors, were jam-packed with hilarious observations and cartoonish illustrations. The series expanded to over 60 titles they now have on offer today, translated into over 30 languages! Children and adults all over the world love to delve into the gory, smelly, intriguing, and bloody historical tales on offer. Read More