Imogen Rayfield is the content producer for the Puffin and Ladybird websites. Although passionate about children’s books, in her spare time she is particularly partial to reading horror, mystery and true crime stories.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pratchett’s debut novel The Carpet People, we asked a handful of authors, editors, and fans about the enduring impact of his work and the way it touched their lives.
Poetry can seem intimidating, especially if you feel you’re not as well versed as others. But the world of poetry is vast and diverse! You’ve probably come across lots of different types of poetry without even realising it!
War is a difficult subject, and the atrocities of World War II can be especially hard to broach with younger readers. So, we’ve put together a selection of books, from real-life accounts and essential facts to historical fiction, that will give children helpful insight into what life was like during this pivotal time.
It’s been a world-changing year, one that shaped the meaning of what made a successful children’s book. From empowering journals to diverse and inclusive stories, we’ve rounded up the ones that told the story of 2020.
Fact: grandparents are among the best to read books with. And so, we’ve picked out an extra special selection of stories for you and your grandchildren to enjoy together.
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You can still have a very merry countdown to Christmas without leaving the house or spending the day surrounded by crowds of people.
There's no better gift at Christmas than a great book (ok, we might be biased). We asked some of our authors to share the best book they’ve received, here's what it meant to them.
Although we can’t guarantee you a happily ever after (we’re not fairy godmothers, unfortunately), we can guarantee that whoever your young reader is, there is a fairy tale for them in this selection.
It’s well known that former President Barack Obama and his family are big readers. Whilst in office, both Barack and Michelle would often read picture books out loud to children at events. We’ve rounded up a selection of stories that have received a big thumbs up from the Obamas.
Plush blankets, cute outfits and fluffy toys are all delightful gifts to purchase for loved ones with a new baby. But a book's benefits are twofold – it’s a gift for the parent as well as the baby.