Read our features from 2017

Here you can find fun and interesting articles about children's books and reading: from why having dyslexia shouldn't stop you from being an author to what our favourite authors and illustrators chose as their best books of the year.

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As we head towards the end of 2017, keep your eyes on our blogs: you'll find find wintry galleries, sneaky book previews and a festive round-up of our favourite books of the year, plus much, much more.


Discover the massive difference that Rhymetime has made to many parents' lives, plus lose yourself in fabulous new illustrations from 101 Dalmatians and a new picture book from Malala Yousafzai.


We gaze at Jim Kay's illustrations for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Cerrie Burnell reveals how her life has been shaped in positive ways by dyslexia, teachers give their top tips about reading for pleasure and Joseph Coelho mounts a passionate defence of libraries.


We meet our brand new Writer in Residence, Michael Rosen makes us hungry talking about chocolate cake, and the creators of The Gruffalo talk about their new book.


Jarvis gives us some ideas of ways to fill the summer holidays, Chris Riddell offers a sneak peek at his gorgeous new book, and we have great ideas about what to read once you've finished the classics.


Learn how to draw Old MacDonald, find out about how disability is being represented in children's books and discover how Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey learnt to love reading.


Meet the books shortlisted for the Lollies Awards, watch Ed Vere reading the brilliant Grumpy Frog, and find out what McFly's Tom Fletcher reads his sons at bedtime.


CBBC's Katie Thistleton explores issues of mental health, David Almond picks his favourite teeny tiny characters, and we celebrate strong women in books.


Authors pick their favourite bedtime stories for Bath, Book, Bed; Rob Biddulph teaches us how to draw a pirate penguin; and Abi Elphinstone talks about writing with dyslexia.


We delve into letters and diaries with some great epistolary novels and a mum writes a book about her daughter and Down's syndrome.


We celebrate Lifetime Achievement Award winner Raymond Briggs and learn how to make a World Book Day outfit... from paper plates.


Fleur Hitchcock discusses being an author with dyslexia and we take some wisdom from the ever-thoughtful Winnie-the-Pooh.