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?

Author Judith Kerr dies, aged 95

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The author, Judith Kerr, best known for her children’s story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has died, aged 95 according to a statement from HarperCollins today. Kerr was considered to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors and was still producing stories and illustrations well into her 90s.

A skilled illustrator, and the ability to see the world from a children’s perspective made Judith Kerr one of the most talented children’s writers the world has ever seen. From the Tiger Who Came to Tea, to the Mog the Cat stories, Kerr had a way of talking to children and passing on important messages.

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Disney Creates Special Pooh Animation to Celebrate the Birth of Royal Baby, Archie

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The UK has been celebrating this month as Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their new baby. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26am on Monday 6th May and to celebrate, Disney has created a unique gift for the family.

To celebrate the birth of the latest Royal baby, Disney has created this short watercolour animation featuring Winnie the Pooh. It’s absolutely adorable, enjoy!
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The Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 is Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize. The Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives and this year is the sixth year for the award. The Oscar’s Book Prize was created in honour of Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition and searches for stories that Oscar would have loved.

The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More

School in Barcelona Removes Over 200 Sexist Children’s Books

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Over 200 books deemed to be sexist have been removed from the Tàber school’s infant library, which holds around 600 books in total. The books were taken off the shelves following a review by the Associació Espai i Lleure as part of an effort that aims to shed light on hidden sexist content. The group reviews each book and examines the female characters, taking note of the roles they serve and how often they speak. 30 percent of the books were found to have failed to meet the organisation’s standards and were deemed to be of no pedagogical value.

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John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo Named One of 2018’s Most Controversial Books

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In 2018, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was a children’s book written by the Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by her mother, Second Lady Karen Pence. The story follows the Pence’s real life bunny Marlon Bundo as he spends the day following the Vice President on his duties. In response to Mike Pence’s LGBT attitude, the writers behind the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver decided to put out their own children’s book about the First Bunny, one that was inclusive to all sexual orientations.

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Shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize Announced

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Oscar’s Book Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives. The award is in its sixth year and was created in honour of Oscar Ashton, who passed away in 2012, aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition.

The award is supported by Amazon, and the National Literacy Trust and searches for the best children’s stories that Oscar would have loved. This year’s winner will be announced on 9th May but the shortlist for the 2019 prize has just been announced and we have that for you here.
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