This issue’s cover illustration is from The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Thanks to Chicken House for their help with this September cover.

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Book of the week


The Pooka Party (Under 5s Pre-School/Nursery/Infant)

Shona Shirley Macdonald

(The O'Brien Press)
32pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1788490009, RRP £13.99, Hardcover


With Hallowe’en approaching here’s a thoroughly captivating story of monsters and misbehaviour by moonlight.


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How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Jess French
(Nosy Crow)

64pp, INFORMATION BOOK, 978-1788002578, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This is a fascinating guide to different habitats in the world and the richness of the wildlife which can be found there.


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First Prize for the Worst Witch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Jill Murphy
(Puffin)

192pp, 978-0141355092, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


For many years now Murphy has provided excellent read aloud material for teachers, librarians and parents – and this latest book is well up to her distinguished mark.


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A Kid in My Class (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Rachel Rooney
(Otter-Barry Books)

88pp, POETRY, 978-1910959879, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


It is near impossible to over-praise this perfect little anthology. Rachel Rooney’s laconic verses about a typical selection of primary school pupils are at times uproariously funny, elsewhere quizzical, compassionate and occasionally just a bit sad.


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‘SHARE A STORY’ AT THE HEART OF WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

A focus on the benefits of reading at an early age and the importance of sharing stories will form the key message for World Book Day 2019, it is announced today 15th October 2018.


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Refugee Story wins Klaus Flugge Prize for consecutive year

Klaus Flugge Prize winner 2018

Kate Milner has won the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book My Name is Not Refugee (Barrington Stoke), which follows a young boy as he and his mother set out from their home to find somewhere safe to live.


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MITCH JOHNSON AND HIS EDITORS WIN 2018 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

BBA Winners 2018

Mitch Johnson has been named winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award for outstanding children’s debut for his novel Kick. Kick tells the story of football-mad youngster Budi whose dreams of superstardom provide him with hope while he works long hours making the boots his Real Madrid heroes wear.


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