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How a cardboard box helped me found Lantana Publishing

A few years ago, I visited a school in Cape Town. The school library was a welcoming place – carpets in warm colours, colourful books on shelves around the walls. I walked along the shelves, reading the spines, and was saddened but not surprised to see that all were by white authors and featured white protagonists.

Dog in Boots: Fall in love with a romantic book with a difference

Get ready to completely fall for Philip the dachshund as he tries to win the heart of his neighbour pooch Penelope.

Dara O'Briain’s ten AMAZING facts about space

With his background in physics, Dara O'Briain is on a (space) mission to get children loving top facts about the the stars and planets and the universe and everything in it.

Meet Sam Wu, the bravest scaredy-cat in the world

Get a sneak peek at Nathan Reed's brilliant illustrations in Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts, the hilarious new book from Katie and Kevin Tsang.

The greatest demons you'll ever see – all made up by children

When our Writer in Residence Taran Matharu launched a "Design a demon" competition for schoolchildren, we didn't know we'd be sent so many brilliantly creepy, freaky monsters. Just take a look at our winner (it won't bite)...

What To Read After... Rainbow Magic

Do you know children who are completely hooked on the Rainbow Magic series? We have some tips about books that they might enjoy next - and we want to hear your ideas too.

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Waterstones Children's Laureate

Lauren Child

Find out everything that's going on with the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child, as she takes on the job from 2017-2019.


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