Children and teenagers

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Malorie Blackman: ‘Hope is the spark’
Malorie Blackman, the former children’s laureate, talks to Sian Cain about finishing her Noughts & Crosses series after 20 years, being namechecked by Stormzy and what inspired her to keep going through years of rejection

Sian Cain

11, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Chris Riddell: ‘Maurice Sendak taught us playfulness could be profound’
The author-illustrator on being read Tolkien at school, the perfect picture book and struggling to crack The Da Vinci Code

Chris Riddell

27, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Fiction and nonfiction for older children – reviews
The latest instalment of a dystopian saga thrills and Stormzy’s #Merky imprint champions national and unsung stars

Kitty Empire

24, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Jill Murphy obituary
Author and illustrator of relatable yet magical children’s books, including The Worst Witch and Whatever Next!

Julia Eccleshare

22, Aug, 2021 @4:38 PM

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Jill Murphy, children’s author and illustrator, dies aged 72
The writer was best known for the much-loved picture book Peace at Last and the Worst Witch series of novels

Weronika Strzyżyńska

20, Aug, 2021 @3:33 PM

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce: ‘I read Adrian Mole every year, it gets funnier each time’
The author and screenwriter on why Lord of the Flies is overrated, and the most beautiful words ever written

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

20, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The picture book fighting back against Russia’s LGBT+ propaganda law
A story for children about families with same-sex parents has been published in Russia as part of a campaign to have the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law repealed

Alison Flood

17, Aug, 2021 @2:33 PM

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‘I’ll paint you a story about Jackanory…’ TV show’s art up for sale
Lovers of the BBC story slot can recapture their childhood with illustrator’s images for Stig of the Dump and more

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

08, Aug, 2021 @6:45 AM

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‘Thanks for your help, Sticky’: Michael Rosen on learning to walk again after Covid
His traumatic experience with coronavirus inspired Michael Rosen’s new children’s book – about the ‘friend’ he leaned on

Donna Ferguson

07, Aug, 2021 @1:08 PM

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Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels
A zombie thriller, a flooded world, poetry and a very worried pig … plus the best new YA novels

Imogen Russell Williams

31, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Picture books for children – reviews
From a giggly desert island to the humble hero of the Titanic, these illustrated tales will buoy up young minds

Imogen Carter

27, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben Jenkins
Living in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insane

Ben Jenkins

23, Jul, 2021 @2:42 AM

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