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Catch up on Issue 254
An interview with 2022 Carnegie Medal winner Katya Balen, Julia Seal, the author of Bloom answers our questions, Jane Ray describes how a training in ceramics influenced her illustrations for The Story of Babur, Ann Lazim chooses ten of the best children’s books written by Commonwealth writers, Sita Brahmachari interviewed by Damian Kelleher and much more.
Catch up on Issue 253
Bethan Welby answers our questions about illustrating Phyllis and Grace, Is this the final curtain for Skulduggery Pleasant? Damian Kelleher meets Derek Landy to find out more, Hedgewitch: An Interview with Skye McKenna, Neil Philip chooses ten of the best books by the inimitable Joan Aiken, Derek Keilty on the work of genius that inspired him to write and much more.
Catch up on Issue 252
Imogen Russell Williams interviews the award-winning author Alex Wheatle about his new novel, Kemosha of the Caribbean, Sarah Lawrance of Seven Stories opens a letter from Heimpi, Bella Pearson introduces her publishing house, Guppy Books, Ten of the Best: Superhero books, An interview with Alex Wheatle, Leading editors to tell us about the books they are most excited to be publishing in the year ahead and much more.
Catch up on Issue 251
An Interview with Costa Book Award winner author Manjeet Mann, Authorgraph No.251: Nadia Shireen, BfK Christmas Gift Guide Booklist 2021, Good Reads: Addey and Stanhope School - chosen by young people at Addey and Stanhope School in London, Brian Alderson bids a fond farewell to books from his collection, an Interview with Costa Book Award shortlisted author Anna Goodall, Books of the Year 2021 and much more.
Catch up on Issue 250
Catherine Millar goes behind the scenes of Cressida Cowell's Life-Changing Libraries campaign, Charlotte Hacking describes CLPE's new research, Windows into Illustration: John Broadley, Elizabeth Schlenther chooses the best books about emotions, Brian Alderson bids a fond farewell to books from his collection, Philip Womack on his new book, Wildlord, The Power of Pictures and much more.
Catch up on Issue 249
The Wild Before: An Interview with Piers Torday, Life-Changing Libraries: making a start, Beyond the Secret Garden? ‘Home Is Where You’re Understood’, I Wish I’d Written: Daisy May Johnson chooses two of The Chalet School stories, An interview with Britta Teckentrup, Windows into Illustration: Satoshi Kitamura, Flying High: an interview with Helen Oxenbury and much more.
Catch up on Issue 248
Patrice Lawrence on the importance of the All Stories, Professor Teresa Cremin on determinedly sharing the joy, Ten of the Best: books for young environmental activists, Powerful politics and the right to speak up in British children’s books by Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O’Connor, lifelong Narnian Katherine Langrish explores all that she drew from C.S. Lewis’s books as a child and much more
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Catch up on Issue 247
Jump into Super-Readable Rollercoasters: new accessible reads from OUP and Barrington Stoke, Books to Watch 2021 The best books of the year ahead, selected and described by their editors, Lisa Williamson interviewed by Joanne Owen Ten of the Best: picture books to reassure, The Red Thread of Reading for Pleasure untangled by Teresa Cremin and much more.
Catch up on Issue 246
Jump into Super-Readable Rollercoasters: new accessible reads from OUP and Barrington Stoke, The best books of the year ahead, selected and described by their editors, Ten of the Best Picture Books to Reassure and Boost Young Children at the Beginning of the Year, Ten of the Best: picture books to reassure, selected by Carey Fluker Hunt and much more.
Catch up on Issue 245
Michelle Pauli interviews Ben Miller about his new book, the best books to give this year selected by Urmi Merchant of Pickled Pepper Books, Ten Books Every Child Should Read selected by James Mayhew, An extract from Nicolette Jones' new book about Raymond Briggs. Tidings of Comfort and Joy - a seasonal round up from Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O'Connor and much more.
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This issue’s cover illustration is from The Zebra’s Great Escape by Katherine Rundell illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help with our July cover.
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One minute young amateur inventor Suzie Wen is at home watching her favourite TV series Space Blasters and wishing her summer holidays were going to be more exciting, the next she’s actually in the TV series, transported there somehow thanks to her very own Super 3-D TV Gizmo. It’s a surprise for the crew too, Captain Jane, Spaceman Jack and Five-Eyed Frank the alien but, with the exception of Frank who seems put out …
One minute young amateur inventor Suzie Wen is at home watching her favourite TV series Space Blasters and wishing her summer holidays were going to be more exciting, the next she’s actually in the TV series, transported there somehow thanks to her very own Super 3-D TV Gizmo. It’s a surprise for the crew too, Captain Jane, Spaceman Jack and Five-Eyed Frank the alien but, with the exception of Frank who seems put out by the unexpected arrival of a small human, they’re very welcoming, especially when Suzie lends a hand in saving the universe. It turns out that a number of moons have been going missing, something that allows for Suzie to visit not one but three very different planets, each with their own unusual inhabitants. That in itself makes for thoroughly enjoyable reading, but there are added bonuses too, including the crew …
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