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I Am Not a Label
Why children’s books need more disabled representation
Actor, children’s author and former CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell shares what it was like growing up with a disability, and why children’s books...
Reading and dyslexia: boosting your child's confidence
Reading and dyslexia: boosting your child's confidence
Dyslexic children can be discouraged from reading by their perceived lack of ability. How can you help them feel more confident and enjoy their...
Best mental health books for kids
The best mental health books for kids
Help your child improve their wellbeing with these brilliant books about difficult feelings and positive mental health.
Storytelling tips for parents
5 ways to bring stories to life for your child
Develop your child's creativity – and yours! – by telling and sharing stories. Performance storyteller John Kirk offers a few expert tips to...
Best children’s books by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors
Best ethnically diverse children’s books
Bookseller Valentina Alexander of MyBookbasket.com shares some of her favourite children’s books that celebrate ethnic diversity.
Best cookery books for kids
Best cookery books for kids
Help your child master kitchen skills that’ll set them up for life with these brilliant cookbooks for every age. From cookery basics to elaborate...
Best literacy home schooling resources
Best literacy home schooling resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've...
Reading challenges for primary school kids
60 reading challenges for primary school kids
Great ideas for keeping your child engaged with reading and broadening their taste in books.
Best home learning websites for kids during school closures
12 of the best home learning websites for kids
We've rounded up some of our favourite online resources to support your child's learning throughout the ongoing Covid-19 school disruptions.
Learning during school closures and self-isolation
Helping your child learn during coronavirus school closures
The latest updates on how coronavirus could affect your child’s learning, plus advice on establishing work and study routines at home.
Best environmental books for kids
Best environmental books for kids
Empower your child to make a difference with our pick of the best children's books about the environment. From plastic pollution to climate...
Help your child become a lifelong reader
9 easy tips to help your child enjoy reading
It's never been harder for parents and teachers to inspire children to read – we're competing with shiny screens and addictive games, and a...
Seven Stories in Newcastle upon Tyne
Museums reviewed by parents: Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books
Bring your child's favourite stories to life with a trip to Seven Stories in Newcastle upon Tyne, a haven for book- and story-lovers of all ages...
Best kids' books about the moon landings and space exploration
Best kids' books about the moon landings and space exploration
Brilliant books to help kids find out about our fascination with the Moon and human beings' extraordinary journey to set foot on its surface in...
Why children’s books need black and ethic minority characters
Why children’s books need black, Asian and minority ethnic characters
Diversity in books is important for children of all cultures and ethnicities. We asked children’s author Chitra Soundar how representation can change...
Best cricket books for children
Best cricket books for children
The Cricket World Cup is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. If your child has been inspired, harness their enthusiasm with our...
Best fantasy adventure books for kids
Best fantasy adventure books for kids
Are you ready to enter some magical new worlds, exploring the depths of the sea, dark forests, ancient civilisations and weird and wonderful...
Best detective stories for kids
Best detective stories for kids
Get your magnifying glass out and your thinking cap on: our selection of the best detective stories and books for kids will keep you guessing until...
Benefits of bedtime stories
11 reasons to read a bedtime story every night
Whatever your child’s age, reading together at bedtime is the perfect way to bring the day to a close. We’ve rounded up 11 great reasons to make it a...
Best traditional tales books for kids
Best traditional tales books for kids
Whether you like your fairy stories traditional or twisted, retold for modern readers or classic, the perfect length for bedtime reading or in book...
Why writing book reviews is great for kids
Why writing book reviews is great for kids
Writing book reviews can help your child engage more deeply with what they're reading, find their next favourite series or author and develop...
Best books for kids who love school stories
Best books for kids who love school stories
The saying goes that school days are the best of your life. So much so that some of us (like myself!) stay in them and become teachers. Read on to...
Best books for children who love reading comics
Best books for kids who love comics
Comics, graphic novels, Marvel, DC... a world that children know lots about, even more than many adults! Primary school teacher and children's...
Best kids' books about superheroes
Best books for kids who love superheroes
Is it a bird... is it a plane... no, it's super-books! With a mix of heroes and heroines (and some who do not wear a cape!), this selection from...
Best books for kids who love mysteries
Best books for kids who love mysteries
As crime and thrillers fill the adult shelves of most bookshops, it is no wonder that this genre for children is going from strength to strength....
Best scary stories and books for kids
Best books for kids who love scary stories
Boo! Feel the chill down your spine as you immerse yourself in these spooktacular reads, chosen by children's literature enthusiast and primary...
Best non-fiction curious facts books for children
Best curious facts books for children
Is your child fascinated by the world around them? Amazed by the wonders of flora, fauna and human achievement? This bumper selection of non-fiction...
Why reading makes children happier
Could reading make your child happier?
As the mental health crisis amongst children worsens, new research suggests that books could make a difference to your child's wellbeing.
Best poetry apps for children
Best poetry apps for kids
Help your child fall in love with poetry with these great apps for reading, listening to and creating poems.
Best Shakespeare books for kids
Best Shakespeare books for children
From modern-English retellings to comic-book versions of the plays, there are wonderful books available to help you introduce Shakespeare's...
Best children's books for animal lovers
Best children's books for animal lovers
If your child loves animals, conservation and the great outdoors, these are the books that will move them and inspire them. Dogs, cats, foxes,...
Best books for Wimpy Kid fans
Best books for Wimpy Kid fans
Does your child love the laugh-out-loud, comic-book style of the Wimpy Kid journals? Children's literature reviewer and primary school teacher...
Best kids' books about magic for Harry Potter fans
Best books about magic for Harry Potter fans
If your child, like millions of others worldwide, is spellbound by Hogwarts and dreams of shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley and being...
Learning about nature through books
Learning about nature through books
Being in nature has many benefits for children. We asked writer and illustrator Nicola Davies for her tips on using books to kickstart an interest in...
Barnes Children's Literature Festival 2018
Best children's literary festivals in the UK
Bring books to life for book lovers of all ages, from pre-school to teenagers, at one of the world's best literary festivals. Meet authors,...
Best apps featuring children's book characters
Best apps featuring children's book characters
From the Gruffalo to Harry Potter, there's an app for just about every much-loved children's book character. We've rounded up our...
Best tennis books for children
Best children's books about tennis
Is your child a tennis ace? We've rounded up the best books for Wimbledon fortnight and beyond, so they can read their way into the world of...
Tips for struggling readers
8 tried-and-tested tips to help a struggling reader
Not all children take well to reading. We asked volunteers with Beanstalk, the national literacy charity, for their advice on helping kids who find...
Best books for ten year olds
Best books for ten year olds
Beautiful picture books, an evil Ice Queen, an adventure in the jungle and an evocative journey back in time make these books the perfect reading...
Best children's books about the Celts
Best children's books about the Celts
The Celts, best known for living in tribes, being rebellious and their warrior queen Boudicca, were one of the most powerful and advanced groups in...

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