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Enid Blyton book illustrations through the ages – in pictures

Illustrator Alex T Smith takes us on a fascinating tour of Enid Blyton book cover art from the 1940s to the present day

Books

Goosebumps: 10 things you didn't know about RL Stine – in pictures

The man behind the scream-inducing theatrical celebration of RL Stine: Goosebumps Kids reveals little known facts about the world’s most popular children’s horror stories… sweet dreams of Slappy everyone!

The Iron Trial

Book One of the Magisterium Series: The Iron Trial.<p>A New York Times bestseller.<p>Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. …

Forget dog-earing and bookmarks that fall, make your own easy origami bookmark instead!

We’ll show you how to never again lose a page number to the dreaded “bookmark slip.”<p>I love reading, but <b>bookmarking</b> has to be one of my least favorite …

Ten reasons why you should eat chocolate while reading

From improving your vision to preventing memory decline, chocolate has incredible powers. Plus, of course, it tastes amazing! Here are 10 great reasons to make sure your favourite read is always paired with a bar of the dark stuff<p>To celebrate the publication of my book The Great Chocoplot, which is …

Dessert

Q&A W/ AMIE KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF

Free read! We have an extract of Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

Check out a flavour Rick Riordan’s thrilling new The Trials of Apollo series that’s out in May. And see the front cover too!<p>Now this is exciting. The amazing Rick Riordan has a whole new series starting in May 2016. It’s called The Trials of Apollo and the first book is The Hidden Oracle. But you …

Veronica Roth reveals new book description on Tumblr

<i>Divergent</i> author Veronica Roth posted a brief summary of her next YA book on her Tumblr Friday morning and wrote, “The little blurb I gave about it …

Pop Culture

The 10 best quotes in a crisis

From JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, when things are bleak and disaster strikes, children’s literature has the answer<p>We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve forgotten your wallet, didn’t revise for an exam or are going through a break up, that sinking feeling in your …

A Look Back at The Hunger Games Movie Posters

Now that all four films based on Suzanne Collins’ <i>The Hunger Games</i> trilogy are in the can, let’s take a look back at the artwork that did so much to …

Book Animations

University of Pennsylvania Libraries Call Number: IC55 C2868c 569c<br>Click to see the original image on POP <br>Share on Twitter<p>The dolphin wrapped around …

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: how is the film different from the book?

<b>Warning: this article contains detailed spoilers for the book Mockingjay, and for the final Hunger Games film</b><p>Devotees of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy can be an exacting lot when it comes to movie adaptations of the books – remember the furore caused when the very first film played havoc …

Movies

The 5 biggest 'Mockingjay 2' book-to-movie changes

The Girl Who Was On Fire has visited us one last time.<p>The <i>Hunger Games</i> franchise has finally come to an end with <i>Mockingjay Part 2</i>, which covers roughly the second half of the final book in the trilogy, <i>Mockingjay</i>. And while it's a pretty faithful adaptation of the source material, there are some …

Movies

The 5 Stages You Go Through When Your Favorite Book Becomes A Movie

At the beginning of the month, BBC announced it's making a miniseries based on Philip Pullman's series “His Dark Materials” — my favorite books.<p>I …

How to draw… Timmy Failure

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis shows us how to draw his comic creation!

Anthony Horowitz webchat – post your questions now

The writer was online to answer questions about James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Foyle’s War and whether he is ever mistaken for David Walliams (he’s not)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - review

‘The humour in the novel stops it from being morbid, but it definitely leaves you feeling both raw and cleansed’<p>There aren’t many writers who could get away with the idea of death, the Nazis, and the burning of taboo books in one novel, but Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, seems to achieve …

Galley Talk: 'Anna and the Swallow Man'

<i>Sara Grochowski, children’s buyer at Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Mich., is already alerting customers and colleagues to a forthcoming first</i> …

Books

Daniel Craig and Stephen Colbert parody Bond in this hilarious scene

Daniel Craig may have spent the last couple of months being relentlessly miserable about the Bond franchise, but that doesn't mean he hasn't got a …

Stephen Colbert

Eoin Colfer: 'It's time I moved on from Artemis Fowl'

It’s taken 15 years of what Eoin Colfer calls “development hell” but finally, Artemis Fowl is coming to the big screen.<p>Artemis Fowl, a scheming boy genius who lives in a futuristic world of fantasy and fairies, was first introduced to readers 15 years ago, and since then the eight-book series has …

Books

Brian Selznick's new book The Marvels – in pictures

The creator of the prize-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret (turned into Hugo by director Martin Scorsese) shares drawings from his breathtaking new book, part wordless graphic novel, part prose story

What should I read next?

As the days become shorter and the evenings draw in, why not treat yourself at the end of a long school day by snuggling up with an extra-special read? We’re buzzing with ideas to share if you feel like you’re lost or going round in circles looking for that next book to read<p>As the days become …

Read This And Die!: An Interview With R.L. Stine

In a two-story house in suburban Ohio, something was lurking.<p>Was it a strange presence in the attic, whipping around corners and rattling the …

10 First Names That Have Their Origins in Literature

The origins of 10 popular given names in the writings of famous authors Literature has given us many – well, many given names. Popular first names …

Literature

The Harry Potter Night Sorting Hat quiz

Ever wondered which house you'd be in if you went to Hogwarts? We're celebrating Harry Potter Book Night with this sorting-hat quiz, which will answer this question forever!<p>New Harry Potter covers – in animated gifs<p>Discover more great stories on the children's books homepage and the Harry Potter …

How to draw… an evil penguin

Most penguins might be cuddly and kind-hearted, but not Evil Emperor Penguin. He’s a penguin so evil that he has forced poor, innocent Laura Ellen Anderson to create this drawing lesson for you so he can take over the entire world!

How much do you know about RL Stine's Goosebumps? – quiz

The Master of Fright brought us tales of terror with his Goosebumps series, just made into a film starring Jack Black. But what do you know about the books? Test yourself – if you dare…<p>Fill in the tagline for ‘Say Cheese and Die’: ‘One picture is worth a thousand _______’<p>Tears<p>Deaths<p>Screams<p>Words<p>What …

New Book Maps Famous Literary Locations

Though classic novels such as <i>Treasure Island</i> and <i>The Hobbit</i> often provide a map of the fictional topography, most novels require us to rely on our …

Literature