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Shakespeare 400

  2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, which will be tomorrow, 23rd April. There are a lot of books about Shakespeare and his plays for school-age children, so I thought I’d have a look at books that offer a slightly different format from those we might usually encounter.   William Shakespeare: Scenes from …

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A Puffin Book: Stories the last a lifetime

  This summer, Puffin is bringing a series of timeless and unforgettable stories to life for a new generation of readers to discover. From Goodnight Mister Tom to Charlotte’s Web, Watership Down to Tarka the Otter, these treasured children’s books have all stood the test of time, remaining as relevant and resonant today as when first published. Now, these much-loved tales are …

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A picturebook a week: Dinosaur Roar!

 Henrietta Stickland (text) & Paul Stickland (illustrations) (Doubleday) It is twenty years since  Dinosaur Roar! first hit the shelves and Doubleday are celebrating with a beautiful hardback anniversary edition, published in association with the National History Museum. It is not difficult to see where this picturebook’s enduring success lies: a short rhythmic text full of repetition and a focus on …

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Uncover a Children’s Classic

  This October Hesperus Press is launching a new imprint, Hesperus Minor, which will publish a carefully selected list of well-loved children’s classics introducing them to a new generation. These are nostalgic books adults will have fond memories of and want to share with their children and loved ones. Given a charming series look the …

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The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore (text) & Eric Puybaret (illustrations)(Macmillan Children’s Books) The Night Before Christmas was first published, anonymously, in 1823 in a New York newspaper under the title A Visit from St Nicholas, and was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. The cultural significance of this poem cannot be underestimated; it is largely responsible for …