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Ben Davis’ top 10 funny books

Now, I might be biased here, but I think funny books get a raw deal. They don’t tend to get loads of awards or critical adulation, but they are hard to write. Try and think of something funny right now. Go on. No, not that picture of my face, something else. It’s tricky, isn’t it? … Read more

Roald Dahl

World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 1 March 2018. Make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no sewing whatsoever, which means you can spend less time making … Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s top 10 magical books

My favourite books are those that have a special atmosphere you can find yourself getting lost in. This happens for me firstly through the illustrations. I know you shouldn’t judge a book just by its pictures, but I’m a very visual person and illustrations are such a great way to capture a child’s (or a … Read more

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Greetings! My friends at Oxford University Press have handed me the noble quest of picking out 10 books for children under five that feature fantasy themes and other worlds, which is pretty tough considering there’s a wealth of such material open to kids as they start to get into chapter books. So you’ll find no … Read more

Tom McLaughlin’s top 10 hilarious books

We all need to laugh, it’s my middle name, or at least it’s in the middle of my last name which is sort of the same – right? Anyway, I’ve made a list of rib ticklers, elbow gigglers and spine chucklers that’ll hopefully give you a laugh or two. This list of is made up … Read more

Children reading at school

Read the world

Let them know it’s reading time SO… World Book Day has come around and it’s looking like Sophie out of the BFG or The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas. Again. Yep. You heard about the dressing up bit at 9pm last night. First you made a noise like a squirrel trapped in a toaster. Then … Read more