New Children's Books Round-Up: August 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 31 August, 2017

Here are a few of the new treats to be found in bookshops this month:

 

Children's fiction

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Simply the Quest by Maz Evans

The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti and Cake by Laurel Remington

The Secret of Supernatural Creek by Lauren St John

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School by Em Lynas, illustrated by Jamie Littler

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Hannah Horn.

 

Picture books

Giraffe and Frog by Zehra Hicks

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton

Ten Little Superheroes by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty

Thank You Mr Panda by Steve Anthony

Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye

First Day at Skeleton School by Sam Lloyd

 

Teen and young adult

STAGS by M A Bennett

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord 

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

It’s All in Your Head by Rae Earl and Dr. Radha Modgil illustrated by Jo Harrison

Freshers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

 

 


New Children's Books: July 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 July, 2017

July is a quieter month for children's publishing, but there's still plenty of new books to keep young readers entertained during the summer holidays. Here are a few of our favourites:

Picture Books and Baby Books

Peep Inside A Fairy: Tale Sleeping Beauty by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Karl James Mountford

That's Not My Unicorn by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells (the 50th book in the That's Not My... series!)

There Is No Dragon In This Story by Lou Carter, illustrated by Deborah Allwright

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Charlotte Voake

Charlie the Choo-Choo: From the world of The Dark Tower by Beryl Evans (aka Stephen King) illustrated by Ned Dameron

The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth by Ellie Hattie, illustrated by Karl James Mountford

I like Bees, I don't like Honey! by Fiona Lumbers and Sam Bishop

Have You Seen My Giraffe? by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Claire Powell

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton illustrated by Neal Layton

Troll Stroll by Elli Woollard illustrated by David Barrow

 

Children's fiction

The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary and David Roberts

Go Mo Go: Monster Mountain Chase! by Mo Farah and Kes Gray

Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving and illustrated by Matthew Jones

Kid Normal by Greg James & Chris Smith

New editions of The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

The Adventures of Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

 

Non-fiction

Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris Riddell

Sticker Dolly Dressing Horse Show by Lucy Bowman and Jessica Secheret


Young Adult Fiction

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

No Filter by Orlagh Collins

The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Songs About Us by Chris Russell

 


CLiPPA 2017: An Interview with winner Kate Wakeling

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 July, 2017

For this month's show, Louise went along to the announcement of the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) which took place at the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre.

Four young poetry-lovers from one of the schools shadowing the award, Benedict Primary School in Merton, joined her to interview poet Kate Wakeling about her winning book MOON JUICE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning the tables on her young interviewers, Kate also asked them to tell us a bit about what they like best about poetry, before the children went on to perform some of her poems at the award ceremony - see below.  Listen to the interview in our July show

 

We at Down the Rabbit Hole are big fans of CLiPPA, which is the only award for published poetry for children, helping to draw attention to an important area of children's literature.

Catch a previous behind-the-scenes visit in episode 15 or tune into our Poetry Special from 2016, in which we discuss what makes poetry for children so special with guests Joseph Coelho and Sarah Crossan - both previous winners of the CLiPPA.

Visit the CLiPPA website to find out about all the shortlisted books for this year's award, as well as resources for teachers to use in the classroom with children from Early Years through to Year 7. You can also find out how schools can sign up to shadow the award.

 


New Children's Books Round-Up: June 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 28 June, 2017

There's a bumper crop of new children's and YA fiction published this month - perfect for summer holiday reading!

Picture books

How to Look After Your Dinosaur by Jason Cockcroft

The Cow Who Fell to Earth by Nadia Shireen

Flip-flap Ocean by Axel Scheffler

 

Non-fiction

National Trust Go Wild in the Woods by Goldie Hawk, illustrated by Rachael Saunders

See Inside World Religions by Alex Frith

 

Children's fiction

The Adventures of John Blake: The Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Fred Fordham

The Uncommoners: The Smoking Hourglass by Jennifer Bell

Wigglesbottom Primary: Super Dog! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Becka Moor

Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

Alex Rider: Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz

The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo

Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have by Stephan Pastis

Bad Mermaids by Sibeal Pounder, illustrated by Jason Cockroft

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling - new 20th anniversary Hogwarts House editions

 

YA fiction

Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

After the Fire by Will Hill

Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection by Derek Landy

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances ed. by Stephanie Perkins

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

Geek Girl Special: Sunny Side Up by Holly Smale

 

 

 


New Children's Books Round-Up: May 2017

By Louise Lamont | 30 May, 2017

Summer is here, and with the sunshine comes an array of reading delights!

Picture Books

Scoot! by Katie Blackburn and Jim Smith (Faber)
Old Hat by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere (Penguin Random House)
My Name Is Not Refugee by Kate Milner (The Bucket List)

Non-Fiction

British Museum: ABC (Nosy Crow)
Spot The Mistake – Lands Of Long Ago by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illustrated by Frances Castle (Wide Eyed)
My Book Of Birds by Geraldo Valério (Hachette)

 

Children’s Fiction

The Tale Of Angelino Brown by David Almond and Alex T Smith (Walker)
Beyond The Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House)
Llama United by Scott Allen illustrated by Sarah Horne (Macmillan)
Journey To Dragon Island by Clare Fayers (Macmillan)
Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)
King Coo by Adam Stower (David Fickling Books)
The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods (Scholastic)
Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl (Usborne)
There’s A Werewolf In My Tent! by Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)
Poppy Pym And The Smuggler’s Secret by Laura Wood (Scholastic)

 

YA Fiction

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green (Scholastic)
Countless by Karen Gregory (Bloomsbury)
928 Miles From Home by Kim Slater (Macmillan)
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury)
Release by Patrick Ness (Walker)
Encounters by Jason Wallace (Andersen)
One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman (Old Barn Books)
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell (Hot Key)
One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton (Hot Key)

 


New Children's Books Round-Up: April 2017

By Louise Lamont | 26 April, 2017

Lots of wonderful books out this month – usher in the spring with something new!

Picture Books:

The Tale Of The Castle Mice by Michael Bond and Emily Sutton (Penguin Random House)
Old MacDonald Heard A Parp by Olaf Falafel (HarperCollins)
Grandad’s Secret Giant by David Litchfield (Quarto)
Silver by Walter de la Mare and Carolina Rabbei (Faber)
Ellie’s Magic Wellies by Amy Sparkes and Nick East (Egmont)
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury (Penguin Random House)
Nibbles The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett (Little Tiger Press)
Edgar and the Sausage Inspector by Jan Fearnley (Nosy Crow)


Non-Fiction:

Lots: The Diversity Of Life On Earth by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton (Walker)
Ella Queen Of Jazz by Helen Hancocks (Quarto)
Ballerina Dreams by Michaela DePrince (Faber)
Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex… by Hannah Witton (Hachette)

 


Children’s Fiction:

The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop (Scholastic)
Beetle Queen by MG Leonard (Chicken House)
Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters (Nosy Crow)


YA Fiction:

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins)
The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (PRH)
Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman (PRH)
Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray (Bonnier)
Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Scholastic)
Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury)
Beyond The Wall by Tanya Landman (Walker)
Kid Got Shot by Simon Mason (DFB)
Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan (Bloomsbury)
Geekerella by Ashley Poston (Quirk)
Generation Next: The Takeover by Oli White (Hodder)
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (Andersen)

 

 

 

 


Down the Rabbit Hole Live at Hay Festival

By Katherine Woodfine | 24 April, 2017

Exciting news - following our first Down the Rabbit Hole live show at Waterstones Kensington to celebrate World Book Day, we're heading to Hay Festival for our second live show!

We'll be celebrating the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year, with a panel of top illustrators - Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup - who will be telling us about their favourite books from the prize's history, and the illustrators who have inspired them. Full details below:

KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNERS: THE ILLUSTRATORS WHO MADE US
Wednesday 31 May 2017, 2.30pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

The children’s radio show, Down the Rabbit Hole comes to Hay LIVE. Four top illustrators will be talking about their favourite books from the prize’s history, the illustrators who have inspired them; and the power of pictures in children’s books.

If you'd like to join us, tickets are available now on the Hay Festival site

To find out more about Hay Festival visit hayfestival.com or follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @hayfestival


New Children's Books Round-Up: February 2017

By Louise Lamont | 01 March, 2017

February 2017 has been a bumper month for children's publishing - with a host of new titles ranging from picture books to teen fiction. Here's our list of highlights to look out for this month.

Picture Books:

I Don’t Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson (Bloomsbury)
The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan)
Jellicle Cats by TS Eliot & Arthur Robins (Faber)
The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright (Orchard)
The Unexpected Visitor by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Egmont)
The Night Gardener by Eric and Terry Fan (Frances Lincoln)
Edie by Sophy Henn (Puffin)
Alfie And His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes (Random House)
Life Is Magic by Meg McLaren (Andersen)
A Beginner’s Guide To Bearspotting by Michelle Robinson & David Roberts (Bloomsbury)
Claude Going For Gold! by Alex T Smith (Hachette)
There’s A Tiger In The Garden by Lizzy Stewart (Frances Lincoln)


Children’s Fiction:

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (Bloomsbury)
Broken Heart Club by Cathy Cassidy (Puffin)
The Bolds On Holiday by Julian Clary & David Roberts (Andersen)
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Scruffy Sea Otter by Amelia Cobb (Nosy Crow)
Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans (Chicken House)
Tom Gates: Super Good Skills (Almost…) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic)
King Flashypants And The Creature From Crong by Andy Riley (Hodder)
The Misadventures Of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell (Simon & Schuster)
The Seriously Extraordinary Diary Of Pig by Emer Stamp (Scholastic)
Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Rent A Bridesmaid by Jacqueline Wilson (Random House)
The Everything Machine by Ally Kennen (Scholastic)
The Young Magicians And The Thieves’ Almanac by Nick Mohammed (Puffin)
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart (Chicken House)
The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine (Egmont)


Teen Fiction:

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Orion)
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles (Bloomsbury)
Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Faber)
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt (Usborne)
Dramarama by E. Lockhart (Hot Key Books)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan)
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (Penguin)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Simon & Schuster)
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books)


Novelty:

Meet The Artist: David Hockney by Rose Blake (Tate)
Peep Inside A Fairy Tale: Beauty And The Beast by Anna Milbourne and Lorena Alvarez (Usborne)
Country House Gardens: Doll House Sticker Book by Struan Reid and Lucy Grossmith (Usborne)
Flip Flap Dogs by Nikki Dyson (Nosy Crow)

 


World Book Day £1 Books:

Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
Blob by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)

 


Books to help children understand world events

By Katherine Woodfine | 01 February, 2017

Following the discussion in episode 31, here's our list of books which can help children and young people to understand more about politics and world events.

This list is a work-in-progress: please let us know any additional suggestions via Twitter @dtrhradio and we will add them to this page.

 

Refugees and immigration

Alpha by Barroux & Bessora, translated by Sarah Ardizzone

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (listen to our interview with Zana in episode 30)

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Journey by Francesca Sanna (listen to our review of The Journey in episode 22)

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird

Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher (listen to Anne reading the story in episode 18)

Rubbish Town Hero by Nicola Davies

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland

The Island by Armin Greder

The Silver Sword by Ian Serralier

Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari

Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Sweet Pizza by G R Gemin

Teacup by Rebecca Young and Matt Ottley

 

Human rights

We are All Born Free: The Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Here I Stand: Stories That Speak for Freedom

Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures

I Have the Right to be a Child

My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by Chris Riddell

 

Social justice and activism

A is for Activist

What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne (and the other books in the Spinster Club series)

It's Your World by Chelsea Clinton

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

March: Book 1 by Nate Powell, John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (also March: Book 2, March: Book 3)

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

 

Empathy

Wonder by R J Palacio

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

The Kites are Flying by Michael Morpurgo and Laura Carlin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Books by Selina Alko

Books by Sean Qualls

 

War

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Once by Morris Gleitzman (also Then, Now, After)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman by Raymond Briggs

The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff

 

Child soldiers/trafficking

Chalkline by Jane Mitchell

War Brothers by Sharon McKay and Daniel Lafrance

Sold by Patricia McCormick

 

Newly published/forthcoming

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (April 2017)

My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner (May 2017)

A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis (May 2017)

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter (June 2017)
 

More information

Talking Politics: a list of useful resources from blogger LH Johnson

Amnesty International on children's books and human rights

BookTrust: Books about refugees and asylum seekers

CLPE Refugee Experience booklist

Little Rebels Children's Book Award: prize for children's books promoting social justice

We Need Stories More than Ever - using books to discuss Trump and all that: a blog post from Barrington Stoke


Announcing the first Down the Rabbit Hole Live!

By Katherine Woodfine | 31 January, 2017

We’re excited to announce our first ever live event! Join us for Down the Rabbit Hole Live on Thursday 2 March 2017 at 6.30pm at Waterstones Kensington, London.

We'll be celebrating World Book Day 2017 with three award-winning and bestselling children’s writers - Piers Torday, Abi Elphinstone and Cathryn Constable - who'll be talking about creativity, adventure, imagination and how stories change our view of the world.

Piers Today's award-winning stories take readers to worlds full of wonder with a dash of danger, whilst Abi Elphinstone's magical books are inspired by her love of adventure and nature, and Cathryn Constable's novels transport readers with the perfect blend of science and dreamy reality. 

Tickets are £3.00: book yours here.

 

 


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