Blog Posts tagged: Book Recommendations

Lover Books by Hazel Marie

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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Cover of The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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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Cover of Little People, Big Dreams: Coco Chanel

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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Image of a book in a person's hands by Joao Silas on Stocksnap

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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Girl on hospital bed with stethoscope

Bookbug Detective: Books About Going to Hospital

Bookbug Detective is back with books that can help children who are anxious about going to hospital

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Joseph Delaney

5 Tips for Writing Fantasy

Ahead of his special event with Scottish Book Trust, teen sci-fi and fantasy author Joseph Delaney shares his top tips for weaving together imaginary worlds.

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Don’t Stand By: 4 YA Books About Speaking Out

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day here are our top picks of YA books which challenge us to speak out.

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Translating The Gruffalo into Orcadian

Writer and Scots expert Simon Hall recently translated this classic underdog story. In this blog he talks about the process and reveals some fascinating insights into Orcadian language and grammar.

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Forest scene from Follow the Firefly

Bookbug's Book of the Month: Follow The Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run

Win a copy of the book that can be read in both directions, Follow The Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run in our Book of the Month competition

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Cover of The Astronaut's Handbook

5 School Subjects That Can Help You Become an Astronaut

This week Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station as a member of the European Space Agency. His trip is certain to inspire school children up and down the country to become the next generation of space explorers. Luckily, Louie Stowell, author of The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook, knows exactly which school subjects all future astronauts need to get full marks in – including some surprising ones.

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