Raymond Briggs has just won our Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 - and with very good reason.
He's been writing and illustrating for decades and has won over legions of fans with his ability to be outrageously funny but also moving and reflective. He's unafraid to steer children and adults through some of life's big themes, but always in a way that's completely engaging. His stories and drawings live long in the mind.
Below are some of our favourites, covering a wide range of reading ages - from teeny tots to reluctant grown-ups. If you only know a couple of Raymond Briggs' works, you're in for a treat...
Help teenagers to explore diversity, identity and love with this selection of some favourite books below. They include lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters and relationships.
These are the perfect reads for LGBT History Month, which takes place every February: a month-long celebration of LGBT rights and role models.
Now the nights are dark and long, there's a definite chill in the air. But is that shiver down your spine caused by the cold weather or something else?
If you like to spook yourself silly, prepare to be scared with these enjoyably eerie books about ghosts, gods, nightmares and monsters. Don't say we didn't warn you...
The lives of a huge proportion of children and young people will be touched by mental health issues, whether directly or indirectly. As many as one in ten children and young people aged five to 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is three in any one classroom.
By adulthood, the figure rises to one in four, meaning many children will come into contact with relatives or other adults who are affected.
Books that acknowledge and explore mental health problems can help to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, reduce stigma and develop real understanding. Such books are still fairly rare, but the following teen/young adult reads offer a range of different perspectives and are well worth seeking out.
Love is a classic theme in teen and Young Adult fiction, so here are our top 10 romances from the last year or so.
CAUTION: MAY INCLUDE hot graffiti artists, sexy surfers, reincarnation, gangster families, hilarious, three-dimensional characters and a truckload of simmering chemistry…
We're thrilled to announce that Children's Laureate Chris Riddell will be releasing a fun picture/activity book. Chris's Doodle-a-Day diary will be great for doodlers and features step-by-step guides, colouring in and story starters.
The book's publisher, Macmillan Children's Books, are kindly donating 20p from every copy sold in the UK to Book Trust, which will be available from 22 October.
Since being announced as Children's Laureate back in June, Chris has been doodling every day, and these pictures can be seen on the Children's Laureate site. Chris also kindly made Illustrations in Search of a Story - a fun activity for children and teens - for the Book Trust website.
So, before his Doodle-a-Day diary is released, relive or discover some of Chris's previous books and illustrations.
Try these YA summer reads to get lost in this summer... and if you get started on The Rain or Take Back the Skies, you can go straight to the sequels when you're done!
These are the 100 best children's and teens' books from the past 100 years. To see this list divided into age groups, or to see the nation's top 10 favourite books, visit our 100 best books page.
- Looking for new books? Check out our Great Books Guide 2016
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