Putting My Cards on the Table by Liz Kessler

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Putting My Cards on the Table by Liz Kessler

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When The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler is out 21st January 2021 (Hardback, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books) For at least the last decade, I’ve had a growing desire to write a book inspired by an event that took place in 1934. A moment on a Danube Steamer in Vienna – where my dad, […]

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Q & A with S.A. Patrick

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S.A. Patrick is the author of the hugely popular A Darkness of Dragons and it’s newly published sequel, A Vanishing of Griffins. Usborne are the lucky publisher to send a twist on the tale of the Pied Piper into the world. With the perfect blend of adventure, myth and magic, these books will delight and […]

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Ballet Bunnies

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This delightful and diverse series of books for younger readers is simply lovely. We loved reading the series and were thrilled to pose a set of questions to both the author, Swapna Reddy and illustrator, Binny Talib. There is so much in the media about the importance of all children being able to see themselves […]

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The Snowflake

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A Special Christmas Guest Post from Benji Davies The holly and the ivy. Mistletoe and Wine. Dasher and Dancer. Like Christmas and books they go together. One of my strongest memories of the festive period and a family tradition in my childhood home was the reading of a special book on Christmas eve. My two […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas or Grandma is Overly Generous by Alex T. Smith

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“Christmas is coming And Grandma’s lost the plot! She’s decked the dog in ribbons, and mince pies? She made A Lot…” If you had a large filing cabinet (one large enough to store people in) you would have found both of my grandmothers neatly organised into the section entitled “MAD AS A BOX OF FROGS”.  […]

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A Dancer’s Dream by Katherine Woodfine

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A Dancer’s Dream As a child, one of my favourite Christmas traditions was a trip to the theatre or the ballet. Seeing a production of The Nutcracker at Christmastime was a special treat — the story of Clara and the Nutcracker doll which comes to life on Christmas Eve was full of wonderful festive magic. […]

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Wild Cities by Ben Lerwill and Harriet Hobday

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When an opportunity comes along to chat with an author or illustrator about their work, we always say yes and their answers to our questions are amazing everytime. Ben Lerwill and Harriet Hobday have created an enticing book aptly named Wild Cities. Opening the book will take readers around the world, visiting the wildlife that […]

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The Ship of Shadows- A fabulous chat with Maria Kuzniar!

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I was thrilled to pose some questions to Maria Kuzniar about her wonderful debut The Ship of Shadows, which published in July with Puffin Books. What made you want an all-female pirate crew?  It has been met with so much fanfare and with good reason- it turns out we were all waiting for such a […]

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The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Phil Hickes is the debut author of The Haunting of Aveline Jones, published by Usborne.  It is a spooky mystery perfect for ages 9+.  I was completely hooked as Aveline and her mother drove into town, first discovering the child sized scarecrows…I couldn’t wait to see where this adventure would take Aveline! I was so […]

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Jungledrop – Q&A with author Abi Elphinstone

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Being able to ask questions to one of your favourite authors is entirely exciting but also nerve wracking.  With a new baby and a toddler to entertain, Abi still manages to create incredible and uplifting stories.  Read on for her amazing answers about The Unmapped Chronicles! Abi, so many of us, adults and children alike, […]

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