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The best books to encourage beginner readers

Learning to read is really hard work but it can be made easier – and even fun – with a really engaging book. Here are my best suggestions for simple stories that will entertain, delight and inspire beginner readers. SIMPLE READS FOR TRUE BEGINNERS – 15 WORDS PER PAGE OR LESS

For a funny and manageable read, you can’t go past the Elephant & P

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What we’re reading: Roxane Gay, Paula Fox & G.X. Todd

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is reading Defender by G.X. Todd

A couple of weeks ago I shared my winter reading stack online, and one my friends messaged me saying: “Move Defender onto your currently reading pile NOW'. Those cap…

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What has changed in children’s books over the past 20 years?

Next Monday is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! To mark the occasion, we asked three of our staff members to reflect on what’s changed in children’s books over the past 20 years. Here are their responses.

‘Harry Potter came along at a time when the children’s section of the bookshop I worked a…

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