Children's Books

Monday 18 August

Philip Ardagh reports from the Edinburgh Book Festival where he welcomed the suitably bearded David O'Doherty and the pleasantly bearded Chris Judge on stage to talk about their very, very, VERY silly new book. And got up to lots of other things too.

New Chocolate Box Girls book

Just when you thought the series had ended, after you've only just recovered from the amazing twist at the end of Sweet Honey, you discover it's not quite over yet! Fortune Cookie will follow Jake, the Tanberry sisters' newly discovered half-brother...

Including diversity in illustrated books

Booktrust's Alexandra Strick asked Margaret Chamberlain, illustrator of Made by Raffi, to tell us how she set out to reflect the book's messages about inclusion and diversity in her artwork.

  • Writer in Residence Blog - 18 August
  • Chocolate Box Girls
  • Diversity in children's book illustrations

Books we love

Our favourite books in August include dragons, dinosaurs, cats, aliens, explorers, dangerologists, art lovers, and Mr. Tweed.

Booklists for children

Want to know what the best books for children aged 6-8 are? Looking for books about going to school for the first time? Or do you need some inspiration for a new detective story? Browse our booklists for new ideas on what to read.

How many have you read?

With your help we made a list of the 100 best children's books from the past 100 years. Take the quizzes below to see how many you've read!

Malorie Blackman is the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman has been appointed as the eighth Children's Laureate, taking over from Julia Donaldson. Find out about what Malorie has been doing during her time in the role so far.

Philip Ardagh - Writer in Residence

Every Monday Philip Ardagh will be blogging on the Booktrust website. He will bring lots of laughs, as well as a particular focus on his love for libraries and the importance of the place of disability in children's books. 

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