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

 

Coming soon - look out for these new titles in the coming months

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (April)

My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner (May)

A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis (May)
 

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.

 

 


Children's Books of the Year 2016: Our Picks

By Katherine Woodfine | 07 January, 2017

Following our 2016 Christmas Special, check out the full list of our favourite children's books of 2016!

 

Baby and Novelty Books

Steven: Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Melissa: Garden Sounds by Sam Taplin and Federica Iossa

Louise: Illuminature by Rachel Williams and Carnovsky

Katherine: Usborne Slot Together Theatre by Anna Milbourne, Jamey Christoph and  Jenny Hilbourne

 

Picture Books

Kate: The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

Steven: Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Grey and Jim Field, You Must Bring a Hat by Kate Hindley and Simon Philip and Odd Bods by Steven Burtler and Jarvis

Melissa: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Louise: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Katherine: King Baby by Kate Beaton

 

Fiction

Melinda: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargreave

Kate: Little Bits of Sky by S E Durrant and Katie Harnett

Steven and Katherine: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Louise: Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Melissa: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd and Levi Pinfold

 

Young Adult

Melinda: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and The Graces by Laure Eve

Melissa: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland and Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Kate: One by Sarah Crossan

Louise: Never Evers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Katherine:  The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew and Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

 

Non-fiction

Melissa: A Poem for Every Night of the Year edited by Allie Esiri

Louise: The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

Kate: The Way Things Work (new edition) by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley

Melinda: Botanicum by Kathy Willis and Katie Scott

Katherine: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

 

New discovery or rediscovery

Steven: Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock and Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss and Fiona Woodcock

Kate: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Melinda: The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

Louise: Diana Wynne Jones

Melissa: The Caravan Family by Enid Blyton

Katherine: The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken

 

Listen to our 2016 Christmas Special for more on all of these books or check out some top children's books editors discussing their favourite books of the year.

 


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