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DKFindOut! research tool for ages 7-11 years

20/10/2019

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Illustrated non-fiction publisher DK has created a range of digital resources, including DKFindOut!, a free educational website for children, parents and teachers. We asked teachers and librarians to tell us what they thought of the website.

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One in eight schools has no library provision

19/10/2019

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While nine in ten schools in England have a designated library space, that falls to 67% in Wales and 57% in Northern Ireland, according to research commissioned by the Great School Libraries (GSL) Campaign.

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The Demon Headmaster returns...

19/10/2019

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A whole new generation of children will get to meet the Demon Headmaster in a new television series now airing on CBBC and BBC i-Player, and you can watch children interviewing author Gillian Cross - prior to the new television series - via the links, below.

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His Dark Materials comes to BBC1

22/09/2019

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Look out for the first episode of His Dark Materials, airing on BBC1 on 3rd November. The first eight episodes are based on Northern Lights, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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BAME representation in children's books rises

19/09/2019

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The second Reflecting Realities report, a survey of ethnic representation in UK children's literature, shows an increased presence of BAME characters in children's books during 2018 compared to the previous year.

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A new What the Ladybird Heard for next summer

17/09/2019

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Publisher Macmillan has confirmed it will publish a new title in the What the Ladybird Heard series by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside. It will publish in April 2020.

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Create a book trailer - giveaway

13/09/2019

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Love making book trailers? Or want to try it out for the first time? We have sets of Chris Riddell's new book, Guardians of Magic, to give to five schools or book groups that would like to create a book trailer of it for ReadingZone.

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Julian is a Mermaid

11/09/2019

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Author and illustrator Jessica Love has won the Klaus Flugge Prize for 'most exciting newcomer to children's picture book illustration' for her picture book, Julian is a Mermaid (Walker Books).

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Max and the Millions

Ross Montgomery

Max and the Millions

~ Babies & Toddlers
~ Pre School
~ Early Readers
~ Confident Readers
~ Young Adult

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THE BOOKWORM by DEBBIE GLIORI is a gorgeous treat of a story about a boy, Max, and his search for the perfect pet. When Max finds a baby worm that seems to be 'just right', little does he know what the worm will grow up into...

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