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Katie & Kevin are the authors of the bestselling Dragon Realm series and one of this year's fantastic £1/€1.50 World Book Day books, A Dragon Realm Adventure. They've picked seven questions to answer – sent in by readers just like you – and each person will receive a £15/€20 National Book Token, so their young booklover can choose some new reads.We're also giving you the chance to win the series, a £30/€30 National Book Token in our fantastic Dragon Realm design, a copy of this year's World Book Day book, and a build-your-own floating dragon!
Reading aloud is a wonderful family tradition – and one that you can keep even as children grow older. Katie's mum still read out loud to her before bed until she was in her early teens, and we still love to read out loud to each other before bed. Not only is reading aloud together special bonding time, it can be a great way to give young readers a 'starter' push – you can start out reading a familiar book, and then they can try to read the rest themselves. Three is still very young to be reading independently, so keep reading them picture books! In our house we love reading rhyming picture books by classic children's authors like Dr Seuss and Julia Donaldson but we're also big fans of Lu Fraser and Chris Haughton. And as your granddaughters get a bit older, some great 'first' chapter books are Claude by Alex T. Smith, Rabbit&Bear written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field, Amelia Fang by Laura Ellen Andersen, and our own Sam Wu is Not Afraid series.
We recommend anything by Elle McNicoll. Elle is neurodivergent, and autistic herself, so her books are informed by her own experience which make them authentic. She writes with humour and charm and across a variety of genres. Her books are wonderful for anyone, but especially relatable for neurodivergent authors.
We are living in a fantastic time for diverse adventure stories! We recommend Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston, The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton, and our own Dragon Realm series.
Rereading old favourites is a great way to reignite a love for reading. Or try buddy reading with a friend – this is a fun way to engage in a story.
We would love to recommend our series Space Busters about a young girl who gets sucked into her favourite space-set TV show and they need her help to save the universe! It is a wild and whacky adventure but full of real space facts as well.
There are so many excellent crime novels for children out right now! We love all of the ones you mentioned, but we’d also like to suggest The Adventures on Trains series by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, The Sinclair's Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine, and High-Rise Mysteries by Sharna Jackson.
We really relate to this question! We also love to read but sometimes struggle to find the time. We try to read for just ten minutes before bed, it helps us have a moment of calm after a long day, helps us sleep better, and means we are sneaking in some more reading time! Audiobooks are also a great way to read more while still doing other things (commuting, cooking, etc).
An exclusive £1/€1.50 book for World Book Day 2023.Twelve-year-old Billy Chan and his friends each share a bond with a dragon. When new dragons fall from the sky into the Human Realm, the group join forces to reunite them with their lost egg. But the Dragon Realm is filled with dangerous golden elixir, magical creatures and threats lurking round every corner. Can our heroes accomplish their mission, or will they fall at the last hurdle?
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