Theodore Boone is back

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are even higher. When his best friend, April Finnemore, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo—who knows April better than anyone—has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. => http://bit.ly/NKdLjh

A bestselling Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are even higher. When his best friend, April Finnemore, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo—who knows April better than anyone—has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. => http://bit.ly/NKdLjh

Children’s authors rail against Michael Gove’s reading lists

Children’s authors rail against Michael Gove’s reading lists
Michael Rosen and Alan Gibbons line up to reject proposal for primary schools floated by national curriculum panel

Michael Rosen has said he would profoundly distrust prescribed reading lists for primary school children. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
Children’s authors are gearing up for a fight over whether schools should be given government-approved lists of books that children should have read by the time they reach a certain age. => http://bit.ly/lXMPKh

Charles Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men books

Charles Roger Hargreaves was born on this day in 1935!

“What does a tickle look like?”
This was the question asked by a six year-old boy of his father, one morning in 1971 that inspired Roger Hargreaves to create a little orange man with a big toothy grin, a blue hat and extraordinarily long arms. And so, Mr. Tickle, the first of the Mr. Men, was born!

Amazon has a range of collections and the individual books here => http://amzn.to/jpoVXA

Allan Ahlberg – a life in writing

“If I get stuck for an answer, I can just start reading the walls,” Ahlberg says, and although he’s rarely lost for words, he is constantly reaching for evidence to illustrate what he is saying – reading out poems-in-progress to reinforce an anecdote about his home town, or showing a page of intricate early drawings for his 1981 story Peepo!, to explain how he and his late wife, Janet, worked together on picture books.

Read the whole article => http://bit.ly/k6nFyC

A new life for Shaun Tan’s lovable lost thing

– An odd but hopeful picture book about a lovable lost creature has a new life in the United States to go with its Oscar-winning, 15-minute movie.
The Academy Award victory in the short animated film category for Australian Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing” coincides with its release this month in “Lost & Found,” a collection of three stories primarily by Tan from the Scholastic imprint Arthur A. Levine Books. => http://yhoo.it/fnQtUk

Delight as ‘lost’ Enid Blyton book is discovered

By Jonathan Brown

Crikey! Lovers of Enid Blyton can look forward to lashings of words from the pen of their favourite writer after the discovery of a previously unknown book, written at the height of her imaginative powers.

Mr Tumpy’s Caravan was discovered among works and manuscripts belonging to the late author’s eldest daughter when it was purchased by the Seven Stories children’s archive and gallery in Newcastle last year.

Read more … => http://ind.pn/fZ4NAV

Author Interview: Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia’s best-loved children’s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children’s books including the Boyz Rule series, the Girlz Rock series, Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Dolphin Boy Blue, Mission Buffalo, the Farticus Maximus books and, of course, the Specky Magee books.

Felice is the co-author of the hugely successful Specky Magee books, which, as we all know, I went to an event for them last week.

Felice recently answered the following question for Lit Life: http://bit.ly/gZNT8A

Today’s read – The Boy and His Toy (with teachers notes)

The Boy and the Toy
by Sonya Hartnett (illustrated by Masciullo Lucia)

One day a man invented the best toy in the world.

He gave the toy to his son. The boy thought the toy was marvellous. It could do anything!

But as time passed, the boy started to wonder about the toy. Was it really the best toy in the world?

You can buy the book here => http://bit.ly/bcXI4Q

Download teachers notes here => http://bit.ly/cxcEqB

Always a great book to share – Spot

Spot’s Birthday Balloon

by Eric Hill

Spot and his friends are going to Grandma’s birthday party and Spot is taking her a special balloon. But a strong gust of wind whisks the balloon away and Spot, Tom and Helen have quite a chase before help comes from an unexpected quarter. This book has gatefolds on every spread which open out to reveal the next stage in Spot’s balloon hunt. Young children will love lifting the page flaps to discover how the story progresses.

http://bit.ly/92tLlW