is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on our new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators.


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Michelle Pauli goes down to the Grimwood with author Nadia Shireen.  ‘It’s basically Winnie the Pooh meets Monty Python put through a dishwasher,’ says Nadia Shireen, perfectly summing up the hilarious, bonkers world of Grimwood, a series she first con …

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Bfk 266 May 2024

This issue’s cover illustration is from Magicalia Race of Wonders by Jennifer Bell. Cover artwork by David Wyatt. Thanks to Walker Books for their help with this cover.

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