A Journey in the Book Bus, Zambia

School librarian Carol Williams joined the Book Bus in Zambia to help bring books, stories and reading to school children in the region. Here, she tells us about her Book Bus adventure.

11/12/2017A Journey in the Book Bus, Zambia

Discovering our own urban wildlife

Vicky Woodgate, whose book Urban Jungle has been published by Big Picture Press, shares with us how the book can be used to open up their own 'urban jungles' to children in towns and cities.

12/11/2017Discovering our own urban wildlife

From first idea to finished novel

Author Zillah Bethel explores the starting point of her latest novel, The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare, set in an alternate UK where wars are being fought, over water.

28/09/2017From first idea to finished novel

Rob Biddulph on creating a picture book character

Award-winning picture book creator Rob Biddulph has blogged for us about what is involved in creating a strong character for picture books. His latest picture book, Kevin, has just been published by...

29/08/2017Rob Biddulph on creating a picture book character

Patron of Reading changeover

The Patron of Reading scheme, where schools 'adopt' an author for an agreed period as their 'patron of reading', is now well established. Here, school librarian Chris Routh describes a successful...

17/08/2017Patron of Reading changeover

Creating a setting for your story

Author Susan Moore (Crimson Poison, Emerald Secret published by Nosy Crow) has developed rich settings for her stories - a futuristic but recognisable world - and here she gives her top tips on...

20/04/2017Creating a setting for your story

Books versus YouTube

Recent research from Australia indicates that the more access children have to digital devices, the less they read (see link, below). So what happens when you limit the screen time? Caroline Horn,...

11/03/2017Books versus YouTube

Bookchat roadshow

Reading consultant Victoria Dilly (the Book Activist) plans to bring together reading professionals, authors and parents at a series of events to encourage reading for pleasure. The first event took...

03/12/2016Bookchat roadshow

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