Caboodlers' Corner: Discover children's books

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All you need to know about everything that matters

All you need to know about everything that matters

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We're giving two Caboodlers the chance to win a year's subscription (that's 52 issues!) to both The Week and The Week Junior magazines.

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Vi Spy's here to save the day!

Vi's here to save her family – and the world!

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Win a signed copy of Vi Spy: Licence to Chill and Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans, a £40 National Book Token, and a mini library of Chicken House books.

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Send a question in for our Book Doctors

Book Doctor: Send your questions in!

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In a reading rut? Want to health-check your reading habits? Send questions in for our future Book Doctors and you could get a £15/€20 National Book Token!

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Book Doctor: Sophie Kirtley

Book Doctor: Sophie Kirtley answers your questions

 

Sophie Kirtley, author of The Wild Way Home and The Way to Impossible Island, has joined us as Book Doctor. 

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Book Doctor: Darling Reads answers your questions

Book Doctor: Darling Reads answers your questions

 

Asher Woolford from Darling Reads bookshop in West Yorkshire joins us as Book Doctor for Independent Bookshop Week.

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Book Doctor: Tamara MacFarlane

Book Doctor: Tamara MacFarlane

Book Doctor: Tamara MacFarlane
 

Owner of Tales On Moon Lane bookshop and author of Dragon World, Tamara, prescribes the best reads for young bookworms on World Book Day. 

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Book Doctor: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book Doctor: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

 

Kiran Millwood Hargrave tackles your bookish dilemmas – and five Caboodlers have won a signed copy of her book and a £15/€20 National Book Token!

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Book Doctor: Jasbinder Bilan

Book Doctor: Jasbinder Bilan answers your questions

 

Author of Asha & the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan, prescribes the best reads for young booklovers.

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Book Doctor: Robin Steven

Book Doctor: Robin Stevens answers your questions

 

Author of Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens, prescribes the best reads for young bookworms on World Book Day. 

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Book Doctors: Cressida Cowell and Francesca Simon

Book Doctors: Cressida Cowell and Francesca Simon

 

Cressida Cowell and Francesca Simon prescribe the best reads for young booklovers.

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Book Doctor: Abi Elphinstone answers your questions

Book Doctor: Abi Elphinstone answers your questions

 

Abi Elphinstone, author of Rumblestar and The Dreamsnatcher series, prescribes the best reads for young booklovers.

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Book Doctor: Juno Dawson

Book Doctor: Juno Dawson answers your questions

 

Juno Dawson, editor of LGBTQ+ anthology for teens, Proud, prescribes the best books to read with pride.

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Book Doctor: Jeff Kinney answers your questions

Book Doctor: Jeff Kinney answers your questions

 

Jeff Kinney is our Book Doctor for World Book Day, prescribing the best reads for young booklovers. 

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Book Doctor - Chloe Coles

Book Doctor: Chloe Coles answers your questions

Book Doctor: Chloe Coles
 

Chloe Coles, author of Bookshop Girl (and real-life children's bookseller extraordinaire), prescribes just the right read for book-loving children and teens.

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Book Doctor: Andy Griffiths

Book Doctor: Andy Griffiths answers your questions

 

Andy Griffiths, co-author of the hilarious Treehouse series, prescribes the best reads for junior bookworms.

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7 illustrated children's books about disability

7 illustrated children's books about disability

Guest author James Catchpole
 

James Catchpole, author of the brilliant picture book What Happened to You?, shares his top illustrated books for young booklovers that feature characters with disabilities or are true stories about famous disabled people.

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21 children's books to look out for in 2021

21 children's books to look out for in 2021

 

We've picked 21 highly anticipated books children's published in the first half of the year. 

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10 brilliant books to read by Black writers

10 brilliant books to read by Black writers

Guest bookseller Round Table Books
 

Layla – expert bookseller at the fantastic Round Table Books – recommends 10 brilliant books for both children and adults written by Black authors.

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10 ways to celebrate children's love of books at home

10 ways to celebrate children's love of books at home

 

We've created a list of ways to help children explore their love of books at home, from drawing book characters and sharing stories to virtual storytimes and free activities.

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10 armchair adventures for junior bookworms

10 armchair adventures for junior bookworms

Guest author Katherine Rundell
 

Author Katherine Rundell recommends her favourite adventure stories.

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Winners: Create a National Book Token

Winners: Create a National Book Token 2021

 

We asked children everywhere to create their own dazzling National Book Token designs for a chance to win a £10/€10 gift card – featuring their own artwork – for themselves and everyone in their class.

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Winner: Design a National Book Token 2021

Winner: Design a National Book Token 2021

 

For this year's World Book Day, we challenged children to make their mark on their very own gift card to win National Book Tokens for themselves and their school.

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Played the Book Island Challenge?

Winners: Book Island Challenge 2020

 

We revealed the answers for the latest game. 10 children each won a £10/€10 National Book Token and a bundle of 14 fantastic books from publisher Knights Of.

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Create a National Book Token Design winners!

Winners: Create a National Book Token 2020

 

We received thousands of fantastic designs. The talented winners have won a £10/€10 National Book Token for each of their classmates.

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Winners: £5,000 Schools Prize 2020

Winners: £5,000 Schools Prize 2020

 

See which school received £5,000 of National Book Tokens – that's enough to buy hundreds of new books for their library and encourage a lifelong love of reading. 

And the winner is...
*drum roll* And the winners are...

Winners: Big Dreamers Writing competition

 

See which talented young writers won our short story competition – and a £200 National Book Token each!

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Play the Book Island Challenge

Play the Book Island Challenge for junior bookworms

 

Help young readers guess which book characters live on the islands in our fun games.

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Find the missing book titles

Help us find the missing book titles

 

Our bookshelves have fallen down and we've lost some of our books titles! Can you help us find the missing words?

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10 locations in children's books

10 locations in children's books – guess them all!

10 locations in children's books
 

From Hogsmead to Treasure Island, take our fun quiz on 10 locations in children's literature.

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20 years of World Book Day

20 questions for 20 years of World Book Day

 

Play our quiz feauring 20 questions about 20 World Book Day authors to celebrate 20 years.

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Calling all junior bookworms!

Calling all junior bookworms!

Guess which characters live on the islands in our Book Island Challenge.

Book Island Challenge
Win £5,000 for your school

Fill the library with new books!

Win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for your chosen school's library, plus £100/€120 to spend on yourself.

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