This issue’s cover illustration is from The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Thanks to Chicken House for their help with this September cover.

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Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Parents (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Lauren Child

(HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)
208pp, 978-0008264086, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


First created by Lauren Child in 2004, that ever-competent child character Hubert Horatio now reappears in the latest instalment of events in the life of the rich but chronically disorganised Bobton-Trent family.


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The Key to Flambards (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Linda Newbery
(David Fickling Books)

310pp, 978-1788450041, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This book is designed as a sequel to the series by K.M.Peyton known as the Flambards novels. The book is set after the end of the final book in the Peyton series.


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How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Jess French
(Nosy Crow)

64pp, INFORMATION BOOK, 978-1788002578, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This is a fascinating guide to different habitats in the world and the richness of the wildlife which can be found there.


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First Prize for the Worst Witch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Jill Murphy
(Puffin)

192pp, 978-0141355092, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


For many years now Murphy has provided excellent read aloud material for teachers, librarians and parents – and this latest book is well up to her distinguished mark.


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A Kid in My Class (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Rachel Rooney
(Otter-Barry Books)

88pp, POETRY, 978-1910959879, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


It is near impossible to over-praise this perfect little anthology. Rachel Rooney’s laconic verses about a typical selection of primary school pupils are at times uproariously funny, elsewhere quizzical, compassionate and occasionally just a bit sad.


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PATRICE LAWRENCE AND DARREN CHETTY TO JUDGE 2019 LITTLE REBELS AWARD

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Award-winning YA author Patrice Lawrence and Books for Keeps contributor Darren Chetty have been named as judges of the 2019 Little Rebels Award.


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SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS

The shortlists have been announced for the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards.


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NOMINATIONS PUBLISHED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE & KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS 2019

Nominations have been published for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the country's oldest children’s book awards. 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal.


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‘SHARE A STORY’ AT THE HEART OF WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

A focus on the benefits of reading at an early age and the importance of sharing stories will form the key message for World Book Day 2019, it is announced today 15th October 2018.


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Refugee Story wins Klaus Flugge Prize for consecutive year

Klaus Flugge Prize winner 2018

Kate Milner has won the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book My Name is Not Refugee (Barrington Stoke), which follows a young boy as he and his mother set out from their home to find somewhere safe to live.


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