Children’s Literature

Mr Men and Doctor Who Mash-Up Books Are Out Now!

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been on our screens and in our lives, expanding into books, comics, a movie spin-off, and so much more besides.

A while back we told you about the Roger Heargreaves’ Mr Men/Doctor Who mash up that was in the works, and finally we will wait no longer! They. Have. Arrived!

Before we show you the first lot on offer, let’s have a moment to prepare ourselves, while The Warp Zone sing the song of my people…

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The Little Prince Is the Most Translated Novel of All Time

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Originally published in France, 1943, The Little Prince is a short story written by the French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The book has since become a massive hit and has now been translated into its 300th language, Hassanya — a North African variant of Arabic. This has made The Little Prince the most translated book in the world, excluding religious texts. Read More

Horrible Histories’ Fabulous Female Writers Song!

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The team at Horrible Histories has a talent for making some hilarious parodies of popular songs to teach about historical figures and events, making them accessible and engaging. There have been some real gems in the past: Charles Dickens as Morrissey, Dick Turpin as Adam Ant, Charles II as Eminem, and the Roman Emperors singing Michael Jackson’s Bad, to name but a few of their best.

Season 7, Special Episode 2 saw them celebrating a group of popular female writers who sing a parody of Little Mix’s song, Black MagicThe video stars Jessica Ransom, Dominique Moore, Gemma Whelan and Louise Ford, as Beatrix Potter, Malorie Blackman, Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson.


Check it out below!

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Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

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Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now

HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry. Read More

Plan The Perfect Beatrix Potter Party

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The world of Beatrix Potter has been around since the early 1900s, and has grown in popularity over the years that followed. Her anthropomorphised animal characters are well-loved by children all over the world, from the naughty little Peter Rabbit to the unfortunate Jemima Puddle-Duck. Potter’s continuing favour among families can be seen in the extensive range of merchandise depicting Peter and Friends, including toys, tea sets, and clothing.

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal: A Celebration of her Life

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.

She was born on 29th of April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, the city she loved and lived in all her life until her death on March 13th 2017.

She will be missed by all who love her: from her beloved family to her amazing fans. Her award-winning books are part of her huge legacy, and her curious and creative spirit lives on in them, and in her children.

Her YouTube videos and TedTalk contributions were funny and inspiring, and the impact she had on the world and people around her will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Amy.

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