David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running

David Walliams has broken quite a few records this year, and is celebrating quite the year in writing and has now become only the second ever author (the other being Jamie Oliver) to top the Christmas Book Charts in the UK for the second Christmas running.

That’s right, Bad Dad by David Walliams takes the top spot in the book charts for Christmas week, beating Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to take the top spot. Walliams Bad Dad has been a favourite with children, topping the Amazon wish list for children’s books, and selling more than 60,000 copies to date.

Last year it was Walliams The Midnight Gang in the Christmas number 1 spot, making quite the accolade for the author to have two consecutive Christmas number 1s. It’s been quite the magical year for the comedian turned children’s author. Walliams has twice broken his own opening week record this year, had the biggest selling week for a lone World Book Day title since the event began, seen three of his books crash through the 100 million copies sold mark and scored his 100th children’s number one.

Walliams is now one of the best known children’s authors of all time, but is less well known outside the UK. His Dahlesque tales are loved by school aged children, girls and boys and it seems the comedian has finally found his niche as a successful children’s author.

It’s common for both children’s books and cookery books to top the children’s chart, and Walliams beat Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to the top spot. In number 3 is Darker by E. L James, beating the Guinness World Records (a popular Christmas gift) in number 5. Another children’s book completes the top 5 with Jeff Kinney’s The Getaway, the latest from the Wimpy Kid series. Completing the top 10 in the final five spots are Origin by Dan Brown, Blue Planet II, La Belle Suavage, the latest in the Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman, the biography of David Jason, Only Fools and Stories, and Lee Child’s The Midnight Line.

Are you hoping for any of these titles in your stocking this Christmas?

Take a tour through the Dr Seuss sculpture gardens!

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The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden was opened in 2002. The idea for the garden was first imagined when the author visited Springfield in 1986, and after his death in 1991 his widow Audrey gave her blessing for his work to be immortalised in a memorial garden full of bronze statues. Seuss’s own stepdaughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, made over 30 statues in bronze for her late step-father, and the statues are set among the grounds of Springfield Museum.

Surrounded by art and science museums and galleries, Seuss’s garden is a fun, exciting, but surprisingly peaceful, place to visit Lark captured his and his character’s spirits perfectly in bronze.

Watch a tour around the gardens below!

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School Dance Team Goes Viral with Book-Themed Dances

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A school dance team from Arizona, USA is exploding in popularity all over the internet with their amazing performances.

Walden Grove High School’s dance team have been very busy these past few years with creative and fun dance routines based on their favourite books. Currently going viral, especially among Harry Potter fans, is their latest dance that follows Harry’s journey from the cupboard under the stairs to his final fight with Voldemort.

The talented, young dancers have also appeared on America’s Got Talent, dancing as characters from The Wizard of Oz, impressing both the audience and the judges to go through to the next round.

Check out their amazing dance routines below!

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween trailer is here!

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Goosebumps has been a hit with tweens and teens since the 1990s with 62 books published between 1992 to 1997. R. L. Stine characterises his books as ‘scary books that are also funny’, giving kids the chance to feel that thrill of relief after being freaked out.

After the surprising success of the first Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black as Stine himself, this sequel looks to continue the fun and freaky mix of scary and silly. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will star Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris.

Jack Black is rumoured to return as the voice of one of the haunted book characters come to life!

Check out the trailer below, and watch out for the movie’s release mid-October.

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6 Books to Help Teach Children About Consent

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Consent is important when it comes to our bodily autonomy, and our personal space. When we understand consent we have the power to say ‘no’ when we want to, we have control over what happens to us, and it is less likely people will take advantage.

It is important for our children to learn about their bodily autonomy from an early age so that they understand that, despite being the less-powerful person, they are allowed to say ‘no’ to an adult who is asking for physical contact. If we feel uncomfortable as adults with people touching and hugging us without our expressed consent, then imagine what it is like for children who don’t feel empowered enough to refuse a hug.

When children are given the tools to understand ownership of their own bodies, and their personal space, then they’re far less likely to be sexually abused in the future. This means starting with family- sure Grandma may want a kiss goodbye but what are you teaching your child when you pressure them into physical contact they don’t want, even if it is with someone they love?

Check out these amazing titles, written to empower children and give them the tools to say NO to unwanted physical contact.

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