Announcing the new DTRH team

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 January, 2021

 
Down the Rabbit Hole is starting 2021 with a new presenting and production team!
 
First launched as a platform for celebrating children’s literature in 2014 by author Katherine Woodfine, editor Melissa Cox and agent Louise Lamont, the show has hosted dozens of authors and illustrators, and among other accolades was selected by the Times as one of their Top 10 podcasts for children.
 
After a wonderful six years at the helm, it was time for a change, so Katherine and Louise put out a call for expressions of interest from anyone interested in becoming part of a new team to head up the show.
 
Today we're pleased to announce our fantastic new team: the Bookseller Deputy Features Editor Caroline Carpenter, Senior Publicity Manager at Scholastic Hannah Love, Marketing and Publicity Manager at Little Tiger Charlie Morris, and co-author of the Adventures on Trains series Sam Sedgman. They will be joining as guests on today's show (Tuesday 26th January) and take over producing and presenting it for the February episode.
 
Katherine says: ‘Working on Down the Rabbit Hole over the past six years — firstly with my wonderful co-founders Melissa Cox and Louise Lamont, and latterly with the brilliant Jack Noel and Imogen Russell Williams — has been an absolute joy. We've loved working with Resonance FM, and a host of friends and supporters to champion children’s literature. I’m now delighted to be passing on the baton to a fantastic new team, brimming over with ideas, to continue flying the flag for children's books — and to take Down the Rabbit Hole to new heights!'
 
The new team says: ‘We have all been such fans of Down the Rabbit Hole and we’re honoured to be given the chance to take up the mantle. Katherine, Melissa, Louise and team have created such a wonderful show that has drawn back the curtain on the children’s book world for so many people. We’re all excited to get started, and to bring our own experiences of the industry to expand Down the Rabbit Hole and build exciting new ideas on the brilliant work that’s gone before us.'
 
Tune in to January's show to find out more about our new team (including some of their favourite children's books!)

WANTED: new team to run Down the Rabbit Hole!

16 October, 2020

After six years at the helm, Down the Rabbit Hole founding team members Katherine and Louise are stepping back from the running of the show.

But children’s books need championing more than ever — so we’re looking for a new team to take over, joining Imogen and Jack — and taking Down the Rabbit Hole to new heights!

We're now inviting expressions of interest from individuals or groups to lead on the running of the show from January 2021.

This currently entails the following:

- Recording a half-hour radio show, broadcast once a month on Resonance 104.4FM (at present this is pre-recorded remotely but in future may be broadcast live in Resonance FM’s central London studios)

- Maintaining the podcast and website dthradio.com

- Maintaining social media accounts - Twitter and Instagram

Work typically involves administration, including liaising with publishers, author/illustrator guests and the Resonance team. Basic technical skills e.g. audio editing (or a willingness to learn!) would be an advantage.

Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity — the Down the Rabbit hole team work for free (covering small costs, such as web hosting and refreshments for guests from our own pockets). As there can be quite a lot of work involved, we recommend forming a team rather than taking this on as an individual — it's more fun that way anyhow!

If you’re interested, please send a short expression of interest (max 500 words) to us at downtherabbitholeradio@gmail.com by Monday 2 November.
 
You may already be involved in the children’s books world — whether as a writer, illustrator, publisher, agent, teacher, librarian, bookseller, blogger, or otherwise — or you may just have a great passion for sharing and celebrating children's literature. Either way, we'd love to hear a little about you and any new ideas you may have for the show!
 

Lockdown Competition: The Winners

By Katherine Woodfine | 23 June, 2020

Last month we gave our listeners chance to collaborate with none other than Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell - by finishing a story she began! Cressida shared a wonderful story-starter with us in our May 2020 episode, and we challenged young writers to have a go at completing it.

We had some fantastic entries to the competition - many thanks to everyone who entered. We're delighted to announce that the winner of our competition is 9-year-old Romy Spreadbury. Take a look at Romy's winning story below:

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Horizabel didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident. Well, maybe not an accident exactly but it was all Madam Perfectry’s fault. Madam Perfectry was Horizabel’s tutor in Wizardry, and she had been telling Horizabel off for something that really hadn’t been Horizabel’s fault either. Madam Perfectry had swept majestically out of the room, foolishly forgetting to lock the drawer with the Gorginblast Book of Spells in it. I mean, what was an eleven year old Wizard-in-Training with a healthy sense of curiosity supposed to do in such a situation?

Horizabel paused for a second. She would be in BIG TROUBLE if she was caught.  

Something rustled inside her pocket. A high little squeaky voice hissed, ‘Open the drawer, Horizabel…’

Horizabel stepped towards the drawer. She opened it. 

And…

Ten seconds later she was still standing, staring. It was as if her eyes had been glued open with superglue. All she could say was, “Oh, oh!” in a high voice. To be fair to her, it was a sight to behold. A brown leather book, bound with what could have been melted gold, with intricate patterns dancing all over it.

The spell was not just broken but full on smashed when the squeaky voice, belonging to Parsnip, said, “Oh yes, very beautiful,” sarcastically.

“You’re too right,” sighed Horizabel dreamily.

“I AM BEING SARCASTIC!” squeaked Parsnip. Parsnip was a rat. Not a dirty smelly one. A pet rat. He was also a failure. Horizabel was meant to have grown his tail, but instead, accidentally (she claimed) made him speak.

She reached in and pulled the book out of the drawer. Horizabel hastily leafed through the delicate pages until she found what she was looking for. She folded the corner down on the page, so gently that no-one would know. She shut the book, and with it tucked under her arm, scrambled up to her room. She opened it again onto the page, and read.

A spell to give anyone magic.

Tail of a monkey,
Wing of a bat
A unicorn’s hoof
And a dragon’s fat
Lava and lightning to bind it well
Together create the Magic Spell.

Horizabel thought she was a failure, so this was perfect to refresh her magic. Tail of a monkey, done. Wing of a bat, done. Unicorn’s hoof, easy enough to get from Cheerfuland. But a dragon’s fat? She hastily looked for her Book of Ingredients. She found it under a pile of wizard dresses and looked at the content. She flicked to the back where it said “Dragon.”

Live in the Endlands
Eat lava and lightning
Sleep for three hours each day

EXTREMELY VIOLENT. DO NOT APPROACH UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!!

Well, this was.

“Come on,” raged Parsnip, “Let’s go!”

Horizabel grinned.

*

Slipping out of the castle wasn’t easy, but she managed it.

The castle was on the edge of the Dark Deserts, joined stretches of land that had never seen the light of day. As they travelled, Horizabel could hear the growling and hissing of the nocturnal animals, and shrank back into the shadows. Then a storm came. Lightning thrashed down on all sides. They dived for cover (not that there was much, as it was a desert) as lightning struck just where they’d been standing.

“That was close!” said Horizabel cheerfully, much too cheerfully for the situation.

“Way too close!” grumbled Parsnip.

Finally, damp and sweaty, they came to the edge of the desert, and the Pine Forest in Cheerfuland.

Horizabel ran towards a tree. “We can sleep here.”

The night was long and she tossed and turned in her makeshift bed. In the morning, an unsettling whinnying and shaking was coming from the bottom of the tree. A unicorn was crashing into it, shaking it around. Horizabel came down from the tree.

“Well, that should make getting a hoof a lot easier!”

Using wood from the tree, and Parsnip’s teeth, they made a comb. They gifted it to the unicorn, along with a small silver hand mirror she had stolen from her father. Unicorns are very vain. They set off with a unicorn’s hoof in their backpack.

*

Meanwhile her father was pacing up and down his room, muttering. “I knew she was careless, but running away is a whole new level!” Then Madam Perfectry’s dreadful shriek pierced the air.

“The book is gone!”

*
Horizabel and Parsnip walked through the forest, until they neared the Endlands.

Quietly, Parsnip said, “You know the Happyhunter?”

“Yeah.”

“Turn round.”

Sure as day, the Happyhunter dragon, which lives on the Endland Border, was growling fiercely.

“SO YOU HAVE COME TO ME!” he boomed.

“Y-y-yes,” stuttered Horizabel, “for your fat!”

“A wizard in training I presume?” said the dragon, licking his lips maliciously. “And no, you can’t have it. I get far too many requests. You’ll have to fight me for it.” He let out a mighty roar.

“Or we could just get it the easy way!” said Parsnip, leaping down from the dragon’s back.

“Hey, thief!” called the dragon.

“Let’s go!”

They ran and ran. They went back through the Pine Forest and Dark Deserts and back to the castle.

Horizabel sprinted up the stairs to her room and threw the ingredients into the cauldron with the others. She grabbed a jar of lava and went to the lightning chamber. She poured the lava onto the floor, placed the cauldron on top, and waited.

Then a small fork of lightning hit the cauldron, which started bubbling. Horizabel scooped up a small glass of the liquid and drank it. It tasted sour and sweet at the same time, and warm slipping down her throat.

There was a puff of smoke.

“Well?” said Parsnip.

Horizabel smiled.

THE END.

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Pop over to the DTRH Instagram channel if you'd like to see Romy's story being read aloud by our very own Imogen Russell Williams! We'll also be sharing some of our other favourite competition entries there. Or have a listen to Episode 73 for lots more creative inspiration from Cressida Cowell.

 


Lockdown Competition: A Creative Challenge from Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 May, 2020

 

Looking for a creative challenge during lockdown? We’re giving you a very special chance to collaborate with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell - by finishing a story she’s begun!

Here’s Cressida’s wonderful story-starter - as shared with us on our May 2020 episode:

Horizabel didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident. Well, maybe not an accident exactly but it was all Madam Perfectry’s fault. Madam Perfectry was Horizabel’s tutor in Wizardry, and she had been telling Horizabel off for something that really hadn’t been Horizabel’s fault either. Madam Perfectry had swept majestically out of the room, foolishly forgetting to lock the drawer with the Gorginblast Book of Spells in it. I mean, what was an eleven year old Wizard-in-Training with a healthy sense of curiosity supposed to do in such a situation?

Horizabel paused for a second. She would be in BIG TROUBLE if she was caught.  

Something rustled inside her pocket. A high little squeaky voice hissed, ‘Open the drawer, Horizabel…’

Horizabel stepped towards the drawer. She opened it. 

And…


… What happens next? It’s up to you to decide!

Have a go at finishing Cressida Cowell’s story - and if you're aged 16 or under, you can then send your finished story to us to enter our special competition!

We’ll choose our favourite from all the stories we receive to win a signed copy of The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell, plus an accompanying signed print. The winner will also have the glory of having their story published on our website and read aloud by our very own Imogen Russell Williams for everyone to enjoy on the Down the Rabbit Hole Instagram channel!

How to enter


- Send your finished story to us by email at downtherabbitholeradio@gmail.com with the subject line Cressida Cowell Competition by the closing date of Tuesday 16 June
- Stories should be a maximum of 1000 words, including the story-starter
- Please include your full name and age, as well as the name and email address of a parent/guardian/teacher

Competition Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is organised by Down the Rabbit Hole.
2. The competition will open for entries from Tuesday 26th May 2020 and end at midnight on Tuesday 16 June 2020. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
3. The competition is only open to entrants in the UK who are aged 16 or under.
4. Entrants should send their entries by email to downtherabbitholeradio@gmail.com with the subject line Cressida Cowell Competition. Please ensure the name and age of the entrant is included, and also include the name and email address of a parent, guardian or teacher.
5. Personal data provided will be used solely for the purpose of administering the competition.
6. Entries should be a piece of fiction of up to 1000 words in length (including the story-starter). All entries should be submitted in English.
7. Entries should be suitable to be broadcast or published online by Down the Rabbit Hole for audiences of all ages, but in particular for a young audience.
8. The entry must be the entrant’s own work (with the exception of the story-starter provided by Cressida Cowell) and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
9. Entrants retain the copyright to their entries but grant Down the Rabbit Hole a perpetual, non-exclusive royalty-free license to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and to any other platforms yet to be envisaged.
10. There will be one winner who will receive a signed copy of The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell, plus a signed print.
11. The winner will be notified by email by 23 June 2020.
12. The prize is non-transferable and non-negotiable. No cash alternative will be offered.
13. Down the Rabbit Hole’s decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
14. By entering the competition you accept these terms and conditions.

With thanks to Hachette Children's Group

Image (c) David Bebber


Neal Layton on John Burningham

By Katherine Woodfine | 01 February, 2019

 

Following our January show, Neal Layton writes about two favourite titles from picture book creator John Burningham.

Thank you you so much DTRH for inviting me to join in the celebration of John Burningham’s books. What an incredible legacy– so much to talk about and so little time!

Two books I really would have liked to mention were Aldo and Picnic, so I thought I would write a few thoughts about them for inclusion in your blog.

Aldo (1991) is a very moving book, and I think is a great example of how John Burningham’s books deal with the full range of children’s emotions. He once said, ‘Children aren’t less intelligent than adults, only less experienced’ and his ability to connect with children is one of the great strengths of his writing, It begins with fragile drawings of a little girl in black ink and pencil. ‘I spend a lot of time on my own. Of course I watch the television. And have lots of toys and books and things. Sometimes we go to the park, and have meal out which is nice.’ And then the page turns, ‘And then I’m on my own again.’ Crucially on this page the line he uses to draw the girl turns from black into grey felt tip, and it is much sketchier– the drawing is almost falling apart, the illustration perfectly conveying the depth of her feelings. Then again later in the book the text reads, ‘Once I woke up in the night after a bad dream and Aldo was not there and I thought Aldo would never come to see me again.’ The illustration accompanying this text is all in graphite pencil, the figure of the girl rubbed out of tonal grey, again perfectly communicating the feelings of a young child waking in the dark. This is a beautiful and tender description of a child’s feelings, and I’ve found it useful to help children talk about their emotions, and for all children actually who ever feel alone or a bit ignored.

Picnic (2013) is a perfectly joyous affair, and I think shows John Burningham’s capacity for fun and playfulness. This was my youngest daughter’s choice. When she turned 2 we found choosing books to read with her much more difficult. But Picnic proved perfect. It begins, ’Boy and girl lived in a house on top of a hill.’ They then decide to go on a picnic (making the meal themselves) where they meet sheep, pig and duck. ‘But they had not seen bull.’ A brilliant page turn whereupon bull chases them causing boy, girl, pig, sheep and duck to hide. ‘Can you find, boy girl, pig sheep and duck? And suddenly the book changes into a playful hide and seek game which any 2 year old will LOVE. Sheep also loses his hat, and pig drops his ball. Two year olds will love helping them find their lost possessions. Once everything has been found, they have their picnic and boy and girl invite pig, sheep and duck to sleep at their house, providing a lovely narrative closure, and referencing his earlier masterpiece Mr Gumpy’s Outing in a subtle and poetic way. It amazes me that Burningham, who must have been in his late 70’s could, so effortlessly write a book that speaks so directly, and meaningfully to young children in this way. To me it shows his mastery of the picture book form: speaking to children, never patronising them, but entertaining, amusing and enriching their worlds with wonderful stories. Such is the genius of John Burningham.


Children’s Books Of The Year 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 22 December, 2018

We’ve shared with you our favourite books of the year on our Christmas Special, but what caught the eye of others in the book world this year?

We asked a host of top children’s books editors, literary agents and publicists which books - other than their own - had really grabbed their attention in 2018. Here are the books they told us they most admired:

Molly Ker Hawn, The Bent Agency
I can’t think of a more arresting picture book than Shaun Tan’s Cicada (Hachette). I read it in a bookshop and cried. I bought it, brought it to the office and showed it to my colleague Amelia and she cried. I brought it home and showed it to my children; one of them cried and the other clearly felt a sort of vengeful delight at the end, which made me proud and also unnerved. I bought several more copies for friends, clients, anyone with a heart, really. The art is exquisite and the text is strange and funny and sad. It ought to win every prize it’s eligible for.


Paul Black, Andersen Press
The Way Past Winter, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Not only is this a brilliant page-turner - a rip-roaring car chase of a book, set in the Scandinavian deep north, with magic and mystery – but the package of it is simply gorgeous - and no doubt will be a treat under Christmas trees around the country. It seems that every detail was carefully thought through - the design, the printing and then the campaign around the book - sumptuous! I can’t wait to see what they do on paperback!


Jodie Hodges, United Agents
I think How Winston Delivered Christmas is genius. I’m so glad to see publishing really embracing Christmas books again, despite the short shelf life. I just adore the clever advent idea here – it’s something that’s ready-made to become part of a family’s Christmas traditions. Of course, Alex’s work is as gorgeous as ever, but I also think it’s a beautiful package and something Macmillan will be able to promote to new readers every year. And if I’m allowed two, I think Scholastic’s swift and nimble publishing of The Wonky Donkey is worth mentioning – it was very impressive.


Lucy Pearse, Macmillan
The book I wish I'd published this year is Laura Wood's A Sky Painted Gold, published by Scholastic.  It has a stunning cover, drawing you instantly into that art deco, Gatsby world, and what a world Laura created. It is a homage to so many of my favourite books - I Capture the Castle, A Little Love Song, A Song for Summer and Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalets, but has a freshness to the characters and their love story that feels entirely individual. I read it in one sitting and the gorgeous parties, beautiful Cornish setting and hopelessly romantic ending were like catnip. The presence on the BAMB beautiful books shortlist was fully deserved and the campaign appealed so strongly to book lovers that it was instantly clear who this was for - and I will be including it in lots of people's stockings this Christmas!


James Catchpole, The Catchpole Agency
Sally Nicholls’ Things A Bright Girl Can Do springs to mind. Charlie Sheppard at Andersen was very canny to think of her for a suffragette book, and goodness was Sally ever the right author for it! It’s a beautifully written, beautifully published story that caught a wave and deserves its success.

 

Chloe Sackur, Andersen Press
A book I admired was The Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias. To me it’s the YA novel that’s most relevant to the ongoing political situation in the UK: a romance set against the backdrop of a post-Brexit Britain in which anyone who isn’t ‘British Born’ is being forcibly deported. Over the last ten years we’ve seen a tonne of dystopian fiction, but this stood out to me as a novel that’s engaging with current UK politics and issues (for example, there’s a stunningly realistic depiction of a Yarl’s Wood-style detention centre where the main character is placed.) Scholastic gave it a striking cover with a strapline that plays on the idea that the personal is political, and published in May during the local elections. They even did press releases to look like voting slips.

 

Anna Barnes Robinson, Penguin Random House
Along with, I suspect, most of the publishing industry, I’ve been looking on with wonder and more than a little jealousy at the Nosy Crow and National Trust collaboration, I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree. It’s a bold statement of a book – a large-format gift poetry collection compiled by Fiona Waters and stunningly, breathtakingly, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon – that has quite clearly been a labour of love for everyone involved. It’s a commercial and clever piece of publishing and I suspect it will be found under a fair
few trees on Christmas morning.


Eishar Brar, Scholastic
The book I was most struck by in 2018 is For Every One by Jason Reynolds, published by Knights Of. Knights Of have done astonishing work this year: from publishing their first middle-grade, acquiring another middle-grade featuring the UK’s first young black detective duo, opening an inclusive pop-up bookshop in Brixton, bringing Jason Reynolds to the UK for an inspiring tour, and now crowd-funding for more diversely stocked bookshops across the UK. And all in their first year!
A lot of the industry was horrified by the stats released earlier this year, revealing the dearth of diverse children’s book characters in the UK market. For Every One is an inspiring book that encapsulates hope and the potential for change, and Knights Of, with their accessible, refreshing and commercial publishing, are equally as inspirational.


Bea Cross, Bloomsbury
Is it a coincidence that the Spice Girls announced that they were reforming for a global tour mere months after Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie’s glorious picture book The Girls published? The Spice Girls may bring the original Girl Power™ but 2018 was all about Lottie (Adventurous Spice), Sasha (Practical Spice), Leela (Clever Spice) and Alice (Funny Spice) and their beautiful blossoming friendship. It was a joy to hear little girls at events and festivals talking earnestly about which Girl they would be and why (I’m a Lottie but also a little Sasha) and, in what has been quite frankly a tricky ol’ year for the girls, it has been a joy to celebrate The Girls message of sisterhood, solidarity and supporting each other through it all.

 

Lizz Skelly, Hachette
Julian is a Mermaid was a book that I fell totally in love with and shared with so many friends and family. The colours, textures and patterns of the book are so gorgeous and the message so simple but full of hope, light and positivity. I think all of publishing collectively lost their minds when they saw Julian get the stamp of approval from Ru Paul himself. There was such a natural buzz that grew around this title which really reminded me just how powerful word of mouth recommendations are – everywhere I went people were talking about Julian. And rightly so!

 

Fiona Kennedy, Zephyr
Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant for me - the great content aside, I love the look of this book. It speaks of adventure and also has a wonderful classic feel - picking up on the Lauren St John (White Giraffe and Laura Marlin) vibe and everything that is 'modern day ' Blyton. It's pure entertainment.  Timely publishing in the spring gave it the advantage of the whole year and it
was effectively publicised - I saw it popping up everywhere!

 

Claire Wilson, RCW
The book that I can’t stop talking about is How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith. I get a physical pang of longing to buy it every time I see it, even though I already own it. It’s a completely stunning package, with an incredibly endearing hero, a brilliant format, and the most appealing illustrations. The doll’s house cut-away is irresistible; my inner child (and indeed my actual child) fell head over heels in love with on first sight. Beautifully designed, perfectly Christmassy, with a stunning use of colour – and a very intriguing story, although I am of course not yet up to chapter 24 and a half…


DTRH shortlisted for FutureBook Podcast of the Year

By Katherine Woodfine | 11 October, 2018

Exciting news! We’re so delighted that Down the Rabbit Hole has been shortlisted for the Podcast of the Year 2018 Award at the FutureBook Awards.

The Awards are designed to surface and celebrate the very best innovation from all corners of the publishing industry. The Podcast of the Year award is a brand new category for 2018: Down the Rabbit Hole, which The Bookseller described as a 'four year-strong pioneer' is joined on the shortlist by a fantastic selection of literary podcasts: the Penguin Podcast, Simplify, Mostly Lit, Not Another Book Podcast, and The Bestseller Experiment, as well as another children’s podcast - Story Shed, an original fiction show from primary school teacher Jake Harris.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at the FutureBook Live conference on 30th November: find out more about the Awards and read more about the shortlist announcement.

 


New Children's Books: September 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 September, 2018

September always brings a bumper crop of new children's books - here are a few of our favourites from this month's delights.

Picture Books

Oi Duck-Billed Platypus by Kes Gray & Jim Field

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle by David Litchfield

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Angry Cookie by Laura Dockrill & Maria Karipidou

Storm by Sam Usher

Children's Fiction

First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

The Skylark's War by Hilary McKay

The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow & Julia Bereciartu

Non-fiction and Poetry

Poems to Live Your Life By, chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell

She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women, edited by Ana Sampson

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, edited by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

A History of Pictures for Children by David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Teen and YA

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

 

 

 


New Children's Books: June 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 27 June, 2018

We didn't have time to share our usual round-up on this month's show - but here's a few of our favourite new children's books to be looking out for in shops this month!

Illustrated books

Billy And The Beast - Nadia Shireen
Grandad Mandela - Zindzi Mandela and Sean Qualls: Mandela's great-grandchildren ask 15 questions about his life to mark the centenary of his birth
If All The World Were - Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
The Day War Came - Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb
Picking Pickle - Polly Faber and Clara Vuillamy
Between Tick And Tock - Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
Baby's First Bank Heist - Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins
Hansel & Gretel - Bethan Woollvin
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality - David Roberts

Children's fiction

Wizarding For Beginners - Elys Dolan
Pony On The Twelfth Floor - Polly Faber and Sarah Jennings
Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks - Sibeal Pounder and Jason Cockcroft
Flying Fergus: The Big Biscuit Bike-Off - Chris Hoy and Clare Elsom
Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Sharks! - Katie & Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed
Midnight - Derek Landy (the eleventh book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series)
My Arch-Enemy Is A Brain In A Jar - David Solomons
Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity - Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman
Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy - Emma Moss

 

Teen and young adult

In Paris With You - Clementine Beauvais, translated by Sam Taylor
Bookshop Girl - Chloe Coles
All Of This Is True - Lygia Day Penaflor
Little Liar - Julia Gray
Run Riot - Nikesh Shukla
 

 

 

 


New Children's Books: February 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 28 February, 2018

Just in time for World Book Day, check out our list of new children's books to look out for in bookshops this month!

Picture Books and Novelty Books

Moo Cow Moo Cow Please Eat Nicely by Jo Lodge

Are You There Little Bunny? by Sam Taplin and Emily Dove

That's Not My Chick by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Spyder by Matt Carr

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Johnny Duddle

Simon Sock by Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet and Nick East

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared by Petr Horacek

Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and Heath Mackenzie
 

Children's Fiction

The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

The Phantom Lollipop Man by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham

Make More Noise by various authors

Twister by Juliette Forest

Tin by Padraig Kenny

Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Battle of the Beetles by MG Leonard

Hari and His Electric Feet by Alexander McCall Smith and Sam Usher

Teacup House: Meet the Twitches by Hayley Scott and Pippa Curnick

Barry Loser: Worse School Trip Ever by Jim Smith

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens

Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow by Julie Sykes and
Lucy Truman

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang and Nathan Reed

 

Non-fiction

Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You by Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green

Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate
Pankhurst

Dear Katie by Katie Thistleton

Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins
 

Teen and Young Adult

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson