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A taste of what's happening around the country.


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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Early Skills in Reading and Listening

13/09/2019

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A new series of books focused on reading and listening skills aims to support young children in developing independent thinking skills and enthusiasm for reading. Find out more about the newly launched QED Essentials series.

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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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Worlds of difference

03/09/2019

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Look out for galaxies, stardust and two brothers trying to work things out in THE SPACE WE'RE IN by KATYA BALEN, who tell us more about her debut novel.

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Roald Dahl Day 13 September

03/09/2019

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Roald Dahl Day on 13 September is celebrating Matilda and bravery - a party pack is available for schools to download and BBC Teach will make an interactive Roald Dahl lesson available.

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