This issue’s cover illustration is from The Day I Fell into a Fairytale by Ben Miller, illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.

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The Song of the Nightingale (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Tanya Landman

40pp, 978-1406349399


Tanya Landman is best known for her fiction - pithy murder mysteries, hearty middle grade adventures and full throttle YA novels. She doesn’t do cosy or comforting, she does earthy and direct. She looks her readers in the eye and challenges them to keep up.


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Sequin and Stitch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Laura Dockrill
(Barrington Stoke)

104pp, 978-1781129319, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Laura Dockrill is already well known for her lively writing in prose and poetry. This is typical of her writing, and the concise prose required by Barrington Stoke suits her style. A story to delight all.


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The One that Got Away (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jan Mark
(Roffo Court Press)

368pp, ANTHOLOGY, 978-0993547324, RRP £10.00, Paperback


At least half of these domestic stories though are injected with mystery – inexplicable ghost stories.


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Empire's End: A Roman Story (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Leila Rasheed
(Scholastic)

208pp, INFORMATION STORY, 978-1407191393, RRP £6.99, Paperback


This is an addition to the Voices series which aims to bring history alive through the immediate voice of their protagonists.


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The House of One Hundred Clocks (8-10 Junior/Middle)

A. M. Howell
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474959568, RRP £6.99, Paperback


In Edwardian Cambridge, Helena, her beloved pet parrot Orbit and her father, recently bereaved after the loss of Helena’s mother, begin a new life in the home of the enigmatic Mr Westcott.


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SHORTLIST FOR THE 2021 BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS REVEALED

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The six books shortlisted for the 2021 Blue Peter Book Awards have been announced. The Blue Peter Book Awards are judged by school children across the country and this year over 200 schools applied to be a part of the judging process.


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Happy National Non-Fiction November 2020

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It’s National Non-Fiction November! Organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of the power of non-fiction to inspire children and celebrate readers who have a passion for information and facts.


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JANE PORTER AND MAISIE PARADISE SHEARRING 2020 LITTLE REBELS AWARD WINNERS

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Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise Shearring have tonight been announced winners of the 2020 Little Rebels Award for their picture book The Boy who Loved Everyone.


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OU AND MACMILLAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS LAUNCH BOOK CHAT SCHEME

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The Open University (OU) is launching Book Chat: Reading with your Child, a resource which comprises three short films and support materials to help parents, families and carers read books conversationally and creatively to children. Working with Macmillan Children’s Books, the films use a selection of their picture books and a poetry collection to support families with reading to different ages of children.


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TOM PALMER WINS THE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2020

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Tom Palmer has been named overall winner of The Children’s Book Award 2020. His book D-Day Dog also won the Books for Confident Readers category before going on to win the overall prize.


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Zaro Weil wins 2020 CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award)

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Poet Zaro Weil has been announced the winner of the annual poetry award, CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) for her collection of nature poems, Cherry Moon.


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