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Unveiling our ReadingZone Festival line-up

14/01/2020

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Next month ReadingZone will be visiting schools across Surrey for this year's ReadingZone Festival, with a fantastic line-up of author events!

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WICKED Young Writers Awards

11/01/2020

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Young writers aged 5-25 years have until 2nd March to submit stories of up to 750 words for the Wicked Young Writers Awards, and to enter the non-fiction award For Good.

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500 Words 2020

11/01/2020

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The BBC's 500 Words 2020 writing competition for children aged 5-13 years opens for entries on 16th January and will run through to 27th February.

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2020 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

11/01/2020

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, which runs alongside the Branford Boase Award, is now open to anyone aged under 19. Closing date is Friday 24th April.

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Booktrust Storytime Prize

23/11/2019

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Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett has won the 'BookTrust Storytime Prize', a new award to celebrate the best books for sharing with babies and children aged 0-5. It is run in partnership with the Youth Library Group.

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Elmer helps raise thousands for charity

16/11/2019

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The auction of hundreds of hand painted 'Elmer elephants' around the country has helped to raise 765,000 for Hospice Charities.

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SLA Non Fiction Awards

13/11/2019

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The School Library Association (SLA) has announced the winners of the School Library Association Information Book Award 2019 and the Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books.

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Letter to a Head Teacher

10/11/2019

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ReadingZone is sharing a letter sent by a parent to their child's new secondary school, asking why it doesn't have a professional school librarian - and explaining what the children are missing out by not having one.

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Book of the week

Max and the Millions

Ross Montgomery

Max and the Millions

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

Meet the Author


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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