Childrens Books

Roddy Doyle Heads Carnegie Medal Shortlist

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Author Roddy Doyle is in the running for the highly regarded children's book prize the Carnegie Medal after being shortlisted against Costa Children's...

Getting a First Children's Book Published

Malcolm Cossons | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Malcolm Cossons

I am in the curious position of being about to realise a life-long dream - that of having a book published and, even more cherished, a children's book at that.

British Libraries Are Fighting Back! And It's Children Who Are Leading the Charge

Hilary Robinson | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

At last great news for libraries! And it's the children who are putting their giant stamp of authority on the matter. Not only are there six writers of children's books amongst the top ten most borrowed authors of 2011/12 but children's fictions titles were borrowed a staggering 81.8 million times over that period.

We Need to Talk About KidLit

B.J. Epstein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Home
B.J. Epstein

There some amazing literature published for children and young adults - literature that can and should be read by people of all ages - but besides it being entertaining, moving, disturbing, and educational to read, it is also fascinating to study and discuss.

Happy Birthday CS Lewis!

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 20.12.2012 | Home

Thursday marks 114 years since Narnia author CS Lewis was born. It's been a big couple of weeks for the late author, after it was announced on 22 Nove...

Abridge Too Far: Or, How I Changed Oliver Jeffers' Mind About Peter Pan

Jane Graham | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Jane Graham

Peter Pan is a great book which has been particularly badly served by the abridging brigade, but there are many others. The more I consider it, the more malevolent the practise seems.

Want Your Kids to Grow Up Thinking Men Are More Important Than Women? Read Them Children's Books

Ruth Whippman | Posted 09.12.2012 | Home
Ruth Whippman

Banished from Mr Men world, Andrea Dworkin style, the females of the 'Men' species apparently formed their own nation state in the early eighties, providing the various settings for the 'Little Miss' Books. But any thoughts of the establishment of a radical feminist utopia stop there.

Teens Are Plugged in Readers

Megan Holm | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home
Megan Holm

I am in my late teens and I am dyslexic. When I was 10 years old I struggled to read and hated the books we studied in class as they were all so boring, but I loved the books my mum read to me and soon figured out that if I could read well enough I could read whatever I liked. Now I have a library of over 400 books on my iPod and read for an average of fourteen hours a week.

Darren Shan's Zom-B Terror!

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 25.11.2012 | Home
Scott De Buitléir

Shan - real name Darren O'Shaughnessy - became a full-time writer at the age of 23, and has since sold over 20 million copies of his books worldwide, becoming bestsellers in the US, UK, Ireland and elsewhere.

Harry Potter and the Political Left

Sean Hewitt | Posted 24.11.2012 | Home
Sean Hewitt

But is J.K. Rowling's new book really a new direction, both politically and in terms of her literary output? On the contrary. There's no wonder that the student protests of 2011 featured many Harry Potter inspired slogans.

What Can Paddington Bear Tell Us About Migration?

Dr Kyle Grayson | Posted 14.11.2012 | Home
Dr Kyle Grayson

My argument is that Paddington asks us to take a closer look at the politics shaping perceptions of migration in the UK. The stories shine a light on the paradox of how foreigners are regarded as both a positive and negative force in this country.

How Well Do You Know Roald Dahl? (QUIZ)

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 13.09.2012 | Home

Any Roald Dahl fan will know that reading his books was like entering another world, where snozzcumbers and Oompa-Loompas existed to entertain and thr...

Harry Potter and the Olympic Games: The Importance of the Next Generation

B.J. Epstein | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
B.J. Epstein

Amidst all the wonderful British quirkiness at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, there was a sequence dedicated both to the NHS and children's literature. This might seem like a strange combination, but director Danny Boyle linked them through the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which focuses on children's healthcare.

Where the Wild Things Are, Tollins and Other Books My Five-Year-Old Adores

Philip White | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Philip White

Sendak is not the only children's author who has become a firm favourite on the fit-to-burst shelves that line the walls of the living room, my home office and both my son's bedrooms. Here's a rundown of a few others whose books are at the risk of falling apart from overuse.

Living The Life

Hilary Robinson | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

"Grief feels like fear" - wrote C. S. Lewis and when my phone rang one morning three years ago, I knew instinctively that something was wrong. My daughter's best friend had gone missing from school the day before so when the Head of Pastoral Care told me that Naomi had died I was shocked, but not surprised. She had committed suicide. She was just 17.

No Happy Endings: Holocaust Memorial Day and Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
B.J. Epstein

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in the United States, so even though this day was commemorated in the UK on 27 January, it is worth pausing a moment to think about World War II. In particular, I am interested in how children are taught about it.

Book Deemed 'Too Violent' For Blue Peter Heads Award List

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 26.05.2012 | Home

The tale of a Lithuanian teenager sent to a Soviet prison camp and a thriller about scavengers on a rubbish dump are in the running for a top children...

Wimpy Kid Beats Potter To Top Poll

PA | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home

Boy wizard Harry Potter has lost out to The Wimpy Kid in a poll to find the best children's book of the last 10 years. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, US aut...

Crook's Book Could Be In Luck

PA | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Mackenzie Crook's decision to write a children's story could have a fairytale ending - after the actor was nominated for...

See The Beautiful Illustrations Quentin Blake Made For Maternity Wards

Posted 14.03.2012 | Home

Between them Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl, the Lennon and McCartney of children’s fiction, have done incalculable good for families and young people...

McDonald's Swap Plastic Toys For Children's Books

Posted 11.03.2012 | Home

McDonald's is planning to give away millions of children’s books written by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo with their meals after signing a partn...

Children's Books are Works of Art

Notting Hill Editions | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Notting Hill Editions

When you are writing a children's book, as opposed to that long-cherished monograph on drawing pins or Winston Churchill you've always wanted to write, you are merely tapping into another layer of your consciousness: you are remembering what it is like to be a child.

Narnia To Be Made 'Less Posh' In New Production

Posted 03.03.2012 | Home

An award-winning theatre director is planning to reimagine The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the modern age – by doing away with the ‘posh...

Third Of UK Children 'Do Not Own A Book'

PA | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost four million UK children do not own a book, research has suggested. It raises concerns that the numbers of children without books is rising,...

Children’s Books: Then and Now

The Poke | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Comedy

From Maisy to the Mr Men - have a flick through The Poke's hilarious gallery of classic children's books with a modern twist......