David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running

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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?

Sainsbury Reveals the Shortlist for the Children’s Book Awards 2018

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The British supermarket chain Sainsbury has once again teamed up with BookTrust for its annual children’s book award, and the short list of nominated titles has been revealed. A total of 15 books have been nominated across five categories which cover the likes of Best Picture Book to Favourite Characters.

The fifth annual Sainsbury Children’s Book Award sees authors such as Ed Vere, Abi Elphinstone and Garth Jennings nominated along with popular children’s characters such as Peppa Pig and the Pokemon franchise. As BookTrust reports, the nominations are as follows:

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6 modern classics guaranteed to encourage children to read

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Children can be reluctant readers sometimes and all it takes is one great title to spark their interest.

Some of the classics we read as children aren’t quite as inspiring to today’s generation as they once were so it is time to shake things up with a new list of exciting titles.

Inclusively covering ages 5-15 years, the following list should have a book recommendation perfect for any child you know.

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Discovery of 100-year-old Notebook Inspires Debut Novel

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All writers get their inspiration from somewhere and now the discovery of a hundred year old gardener’s notebook at the National Trust’s Ickworth House in Suffolk has inspired The Garden of Found and Lost, a debut tween novel to be released next summer.

The novel by Ann-Marie Howell is set in 1916 and is about a 12-year-old girl called Clara, who is sent to stay with her Aunt and Uncle at Gardener’s Cottage in the grounds of a sprawling country estate. Clara is soon to discover all the secrets the grounds hold including a locked room, a hidden key and a boy who only appears after dark.
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Donations Hits 100 Million!

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Dolly Parton: international treasure, country music star, and glamorous philanthropist has been in the news recently thanks to her amazing work promoting children’s literacy.

In 2016 we told you all about her Imagination Library that was set up in 1995, and all the great work they do to give children a chance to start their reading journey. By 2016 Dolly’s charity had sent out over 60,000,000 books, had 1600 communities involved, and over 750,000 children benefited. Today, thanks in part to a monthly reading program for Washington D.C. youth at the Library of Congress, the donations have hit the 100 millionth mark.

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National Geographic Releases Series of Children’s Books

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For over 130 years, National Geographic has been bringing the wonders of the natural world to the comfort of reader’s homes. Not only are the famous magazines filled with interesting information about our planet, but they also feature stunning photography. For the first time ever, National Geographic is diving into the world of children’s books in an effort to encourage a passion for nature and reading in young ones.

As USA Today reports, on September 4, the first fictional children’s book will be released and is the first installment in a seven part series called Explorer Academy. The first book, Nebula Secret, will be released in the US, UK, China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Taiwan and Turkey, with the following books being published every six months.
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