Blog Posts tagged: Book Recommendations

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Bookbug Detective: Picture Books to Help Separation Anxiety

Bookbug Detective is back with advice on picture books that deal with separation anxiety issues

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The Best Teen and Children's Fiction We've Read This Spring

Our Schools team have spent the last few months reading some fantastic books for children and young adults. Discover their top recommendations!

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Why I Love Science and Non-Fiction

Alex Frith, the author of Usborne's fantastic new book, 100 Things to Know About Space, talks about the virtues of non-fiction and his love of reading and writing about science.

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6 amazing facts about the human body

It's British Science Week, and there's no better time to introduce your pupils to some amazing facts about the human body, courtesy of Usborne Publishing's newly released Big Book of the Body!

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Why I Wanted to Write About Disability

Children's writer Nicola Davies discusses the difficult journey towards getting her new picture book, Perfect, published and why she was so passionate about it

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How writing YA helped me make sense of my childhood

We never really leave our childhood completely behind us, and some experiences are so powerful that we reflect on them continually as adults. In this post, debut teen author Kathryn Evans explains how she drew on real life experiences to write her unique novel More of Me, which has been winning rave reviews across the board!

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The best literary love mash-ups for Valentine’s Day

Can you imagine Lizzie Bennet hooking up with Gale Hawthorne, or Daenerys Targaryen with Aragorn? Discover our favourite cross-over literary couples.

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Why The Lie Tree's Costa win is important

Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree recently scooped the top prize at the 2015 Costa Book Awards, becoming the first children's book to bag the honour since Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in 2001. It's an important moment for children's fiction, and here's why!

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Women in picture books: are we there yet?

María Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Ana Albero and Gee Fan Eng's fantastic picture books about the lives of inspiring women will give children a great insight into what's possible when people follow their dreams. In this blog post Katie Cotton, senior editor at Frances Lincoln Children's Books, asks if we are representing women properly in picture books, and shares some aspects of creating the Little People, Big Dreams books.

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Teachers' and Librarians' Favourite Short Stories

In the right hands, a short story can resonate every bit as much as a novel, introducing compelling characters and dilemmas that capture our imagination. In this post, we share some favourites from secondary teachers and librarians across the country. Set in a wide variety of locations and ranging from funny to tragic, these suggestions are sure to yield something for every taste.

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