Kids posts

Great books for keeping the kids busy

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If you have children, you may already know the power of a good activity or novelty book to keep small hands and growing minds fully occupied and entertained. Here are some of our best suggestions for keeping the kids busy during the Christmas season – from babies through to tweens. OUR …

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy for hard-to-buy-for children

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky young people in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING

You know they don’t like reading, and you also know that you’re going to buy them a book anyway… We salute you!

Kids who won’t read

My Pictures After the Storm – A hilarious and simpl…

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo No One Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Here We Are: Notes for Livi

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The best middle fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 middle fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, doome…

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The best picture books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 picture books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Triangle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Triangle sets off through a landscape of shapes to play a sneaky t…

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The best junior fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 junior fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale by Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi

Diva and Flea live in Paris, formi…

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley The Very No

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The best picture books to gift at Christmas time

by Bronte Coates

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a collection of our favourite picture books that celebrate Christmas. Dreaming of a White Christmas… From inside Pick a Pine Tree Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis – This book is an ideal read-aloud with rhythmic, rolling text that describes the process of dec…

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We chat with Pilgrim Lee about her gorgeous new picture book

by Leanne Hall

Pilgrim Lee is a super-talented designer and illustrator, and she just happens to work at our Readings Kids shop. We chat to her about her debut picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas. How did you approach presenting a traditional Christmas carol in a modern picture book?

Initially the illustrations were just a fun self-initiated project. I’ve always loved the imagery of the song and it seeme…

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