The author writes, “When I came across the story of the boys marooned on Star an Armin in 1727, it tantalised me with its lack of detail. A party of fowlers went out to harvest gannets, feathers and eggs, and no boat came to take them home again. What did they suppose had happened? What explanation crossed their minds? How did they cope? I thought I knew where I wanted to take the story, but a usual the joy came in finding out as I went along. The novel is more guesswork than history…”
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New novel from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster, this is a story for everyone who loves adventure, laughs and tears.
When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future.
This debut picture book (about a lion who looks for the best sound in the world) is both a lesson in subjectivity and a heart-warming tribute to the power of friendship.
Wume has extraordinary capability for creating expression on her characters’ faces.
The writer-illustrator is from Taiwan. She studied illustration in the UK.
Follow her on Instagram @cindy-wume
Thomas the Tank Engine has had a team of multicultural female trains join the Steam Team in an equality overhaul. The new series of Thomas and Friends will see the locomotive leave his home in Sodor to travel the world for the first time.
Now called Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!, the new series marks the first collaboration between a children’s TV programme and the United Nations to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
Five friends – the beautiful elite at their exclusive prep school – reunite a year after graduation. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Back at the mansion belonging to one of the girls, a storm rages and a mysterious man knocks on the door, announcing something world-shattering. The friends must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die.
“A book of heady and delectable strangeness.” Imogen Russell Williams, GUARDIAN REVIEW
50 diverse folk tales and legends to go beside the successful collection A Year Full Of Stories.
Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl’s thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12. Set in the Himalayas.
Scholastic’s reading club editors have forecast kindness, book anniversaries, humor and reimagined classics as some of the top trends in kids books to look out for in 2017.
Examining how 2016′s news headlines can give children a false perception that the world is unkind and hostile, the publisher pinpoints forthcoming books for younger children, including How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? (pictured) by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague and What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio and Stephane Jorisch, that teach the importance of empathy, openness and sharing.
For older children looking for stories about unexpected friendships, Scholastic has its eye on 2017 titles such as The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel and perennial bestseller Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Another big trend on Scholastic’s radar is the reintroduction of modern classics to a new generation of readers. Titles launching next year to watch for include the 30th anniversary of The Magic School Bus, the 25th anniversary of Goosebumps and the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants.
WORLD BOOK DAY UK SET TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION BOOKS TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF READING
World Book Day UK has today (Friday 9 Sept) announced an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the goal of encouraging greater engagement with reading and ownership of books by children.
The reading for pleasure charity has recruited “national treasures” including David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson to help it reach more children and young people than ever. These authors will each contribute an official World Book Day £1 book, which children can get for free in exchange for the £1 book token available to all schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland.
Over the past 19 years, World Book Day UK has delivered 13 million £1 books into the hands of young people across the country. In 2016, the number of £1 books given away was 789,738. The charity’s aim for its 20th anniversary is to increase this number to one million.
World Book Day was first designated an international event by UNESCO in 1995 after being observed for over 70 years in Catalonia, where giving books to friends and family had become an annual tradition. It was first marked in the UK two years later in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards.
Founder of World Book Day UK, Baroness Gail Rebuck, also Chair of Penguin Random House UK and founder of Quick Reads, says: “In 1997 the level of children’s engagement with reading was at a point of national crisis. The previous year a Government report had been released showing that 42% of 11-year-olds failed to achieve level 4 in reading and writing on entry to secondary school. We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives. I’ve seen first-hand how World Book Day has affected social change and long may it continue.”
World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant says: “World Book Day is about creating readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people. It’s about encouraging them to visit their local bookshop and empowering them to make their own choices about the kinds of books they want to read. What better way to do this than offering them stories from the best writing and illustrating talent being published in the UK and Ireland today? We couldn’t be happier to have so many national treasures on board for our 20th anniversary – nobody can better capture children’s imaginations.”
The ten official World Book Day £1 books cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults. In 2017, the titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers will feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extraterrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series. For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks will contribute a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available. They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers will be able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond, and the official World Book Day 2017 illustrator is Liz Pichon, children’s book writer and illustrator/creator of the Tom Gates series.
The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full:
Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)
Fast Forward by Judi Curtin (O’Brien Press)
World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 2 March 2017. From January 2017, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries and schools, which they can use to claim their World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 27 February to 26 March.
Visit www.worldbookday.com 2016 for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.
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All the best people write fantasy, says Philip Womack, the author of The Darkening Path trilogy. He explains how to do it, in this Guardian Children’s Book piece… Follow the link below…
Philip Womack’s new fantasy trilogy The Darkening Path takes as its starting point Browning’s poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came and sends two children, Simon and Flora, on a quest to find and save their siblings, who have been snatched away by the terrifying Broken King. In the first book, The Broken King, they are chased through our world by the sinister Knight of the Swan. In The King’s Shadow, they find themselves in the strange land of the Broken King, a world of castles, knights and magic. The final book in The Darkening Path trilogy, The King’s Revenge, will be published in 2016.