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The Peculiar Thing with the Pea out now

September 2020

The Peculiar Thing with the Pea, illustrated by Claire Powell, it hitting the shelves today. Published by Barrington Stoke, this title is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers.

Prince Pete isn't ready for marriage - he's only eleven! And this peculiar business with the pea is the daftest thing he's ever heard. Mother reckons she can find him the perfect royal bride and thinks the pea is the one true test. But when scruffy-looking Patsy comes along, claiming to be a princess, Mother's careful scheming quickly turns to soup. A laugh-out-loud retelling of The Princess and the Pea like you've never heard it before! 

Second publication of the month for Rashmi Sirdeshpande with DOSH!

August 2020

A massive congratulations to Rashmi Sirdeshpande, who is celebrating her second book publication this month! DOSH: How to Earn It, Save It, Spend It, Grow It, Give It is now out in paperback. 

Having some dosh in your pocket can be really exciting. And when it's used as a force for good, those pennies have the power to change the world. But managing money can seem daunting, especially in uncertain times. This book is here to build your confidence, transform you into a money expert and look toward the future.

Whether you want to become an entrepreneur, be a savvy shopper, save all your pennies or splurge on something you really want, children's author and former lawyer, Rashmi Sirdeshpande, is here to help you make the right decisions. Discover what money is, why it mattes, how to spend it and ways to make more of it in this fun and brilliant guide.

The Kissing Booth 2 released on Netflix

July 2020

Today marks the release of The Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix, following the huge success of the first Kissing Booth film. Both movies are based on the novels by Beth Reekles, who found fame at the age of fifteen when she uploaded The Kissing Booth to the story-sharing platform Wattpad, where it accumulated over 19 million reads.

Inspired by The Kissing Booth: Going the Distance, published by Penguin Random House, the movie follows the story of Noah and Elle as they juggle a long-distance romance and Elle’s changing relationship with best friend Lee. 

Head over to Netflix now to watch this summer’s must watch movie!
 

The Garden of Lost Secrets shortlisted for CrimeFest Best Crime Novel for Children Award

June 2020

A.M. Howell’s The Garden of Lost Secrets has been shortlisted for the CrimeFest Awards, in the Best Crime Novel for Children category.

The awards ceremony was due to be held at a gala dinner in June but due to Covid-19, the announcement will now take place online on Tuesday 7th July.

The Garden of Lost Secrets is A.M. Howell’s debut novel and was published by Usborne in 2020. It was picked as one of The Telegraph’s Best Children’s Books 2019 and longlisted for the Bradford Boase Award 2020.

Congratulations, A.M. Howell!

Bo-Bo’s Cave of Gold out today

April 2020

Bo-Bo’s Cave of Gold (At the Heels of History) publishes today in the US. Illustrated by Claire Powell, this the second in the At the Heels of History series, written by Pam Berkman and Dorothy Hearst.

To save their family, Bo-Bo, a golden mutt, and her human brother Sheng must find a legendary treasure during the California Gold Rush in this second book of the At the Heels of History series, inspired by important events and told through the eyes, ears, and noses of dogs.
 

Publication Day for Tiny Ant

April 2020

Tiny Ant, written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Claire Powell, is out today. 

A joyful, rhyming celebration of finding your voice and not judging others by their appearance, written by the bestselling author of the Aliens Love Underpants series.

It’s time for the jungle talent show, and all the animals want to show off what they can do! The acrobatic lion, dancing gorilla and juggling monkey are all determined to impress the judges. But up against the mighty beasts of the jungle, what can Tiny Ant do?
 

The House of One Hundred Clocks Out Today!

February 2020

Today marks the publication day of The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell. 

JUNE, 1905.
Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop.
But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?

The publication was preceded by a big marketing campaign organised by Usborne Books, which included special coffee cups featuring the cover. 

Many congratulations, Ann-Marie!
 

Publication day for Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

January 2020

Lorna Scobie’s newest picture book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, publishes today. 

Rabbit loves being the only child in the family. But when rabbit's parents have some news, and then more news, things start to get awfully crowded at home! Maybe the fox next door can help?

A picture book sure to have children screaming - with laughter, that is!

Congratulations, Lorna!
 

Publication day for A Poem for Every Autumn Day

August 2020

Just in time for autumn, A Poem for Every Autumn Day, beautifully illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk, is now out!

Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, this book dazzles with an array of familiar favourites and remarkable new discoveries. These seasonal poems – together with introductory paragraphs – have a link to the date on which they appear.

Congratulations, Zanna!

Never Show a T-Rex a Book out today!

August 2020

Never Show a T-Rex a Book, Rashmi Sirdeshpande's first fiction picture book is published today. 

What would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book?

Well, she wouldn't know what to do with it . . . would she?

A madcap, super silly adventure story rooted in the transformative power of books. Out now in paperback!

My Other Life out today

July 2020

Polly Ho-Yen’s My Other Life publishes today. Perfect for early readers, this book introduces the topic of chronic illness to children and is perfect for helping children to develop their literacy. 

Mae spends a lot of time in hospitals. She's had asthma since she was little and sometimes she just can't breathe. She was in hospital the very first time she saw the hole - a tear in the universe which seems to appear only to her. Before she knows it she is drawn into a parallel world, where things aren't quite the same...

Available now in Paperback and Ebook.
 

Two Sides shortlisted for the Alligator’s Mouth Award 2020

April 2020

Two Sides, written by Polly Ho-Yen and illustrated by Binny Talib, has been chosen as one of five shortlisted titles for the 2020 Alligator’s Mouth Award. 

The award celebrates the best books for 6-8 year-olds, with the shortlist picked by a panel of children’s book experts including Nick Sharratt. A digital ceremony will be held in June to announce the winner.

Congratulations, Polly!
 

The Book of Hopes launches today!

April 2020

The Book of Hopes, a collection of over 100 pieces by a number of top children’s authors and illustrators, launches today. Edited by Katherine Rundell, the anthology aims to inspire hope and wonder in a time of uncertainty and is dedicated to all doctors, nurses, carers and hospital staff working through the coronavirus crisis.

Among the contributors is Polly Ho-Yen, whose story Hello follows a young girl approached by an alien wishing to learn about humans. Other contributors include Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Riddell and Axel Scheffler. 

The book is free to download on the Literacy Trust website and is published by Bloomsbury.
 

Collecting Cats longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020

February 2020

Lorna Scobie’s Collecting Cats has been picked for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize alongside fifteen other debut picture books. The illustration prize celebrates talented new illustrators in the picture book market, selecting from a diverse range of titles. 

The shortlist will be announced on 19th May 2020 at a public event held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, with the winner revealed on 16th September 2020.

Collecting Cats is Lorna’s debut picture book as an author-illustrator. It was published in 2019 by Scholastic, closely followed by Lorna’s second picture book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, in January 2020.
 

The Garden of Lost Secrets longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020

January 2020

A.M. Howell has been longlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award for her debut novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets. Longlisted alongside Ann-Marie are the book’s editors, Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker at Usborne. 

For over twenty years, the Branford Boase Award has been celebrating authors of outstanding debut children’s fiction and has often selected the most talented authors at the beginning of their careers. The award is also one of the few to recognise editors and their contribution. 

The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 30th April 2020. The winner will be announced on 1st July at a ceremony in London.

Congratulations, Ann-Marie!
 

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance is out today!

January 2020

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance, Beth Reekles’ sequel to the Netflix sensation The Kissing Booth, publishes today.

Elle Evans seems to have finally tamed hotter-than-hot bad boy Noah Flynn, but now they're facing a new challenge. Noah's 3,000 miles away at Harvard, which means they're officially a long-distance couple - and it's tough. After all, there's only so much texts and calls can satisfy - and when Elle sees a post which suggests Noah's getting friendly with another girl, she's devastated. 

On top of that, it's hard to ignore the new boy at school. He's gentle, sweet, cute - and definitely interested in Elle. With her heart on the line, what's a girl to do? 

Join Elle, Noah, Lee and all your favourite Kissing Booth characters for another amazing romantic story that's sure to have you swooning.

Congratulations, Beth!