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June 13, 2014
The Dinosaurs are Roaring for Dads on Father’s day!

By Julie Middleton

Are The Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?  is a story of a Dad and his son on a day out together with some surprising consequences.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 28, 2014
RHCP Hay Festival

Hay Fever Festival Season 

22nd May to 1st June 2014

Calling all book worms! It’s getting to that time of year again. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting brighter, and Hay Fever Festival is almost here. Come along and witness some of Random House Children’s Publishers wonderful authors and illustrators.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
February 21, 2014
Raking over the Past
By Nick Ward
“Please could you write about any family secrets that have influenced or featured in your work?”

 

I try not to deal in the real world too much, either in my stories or in life if I can get away with it! And family secrets are usually secret for a very good reason, so even if I discover any recent ones they might be too close to be used in a book. Apart from the fact that I suppose everything we write is a result of who we are and what has happened to us, I don’t think I have used a specific event from family life in one of my books.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
December 12, 2013
Secrets and Shame

By Eleanor Updale

We’ve been asked to write about a family secret that has influenced our work….

My father was born 100 years ago, into a very different world.  His mother was unmarried, and so he was taken, as a baby, to the Foundling Hospital: the oldest children’s charity in the country.  He lived there till he was sent out to work as a trainee electrician when he was 13.  In all that time, he hardly ever handled money, went in a shop, or crossed a road.  It was tough life in many ways, but in others he was lucky. 

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December 6, 2013
Guest post from Nicola Davies about the Blue Peter Award-nominated Whale Boy!

The title of Whale Boy tells you pretty much what this book is about – a whale, in this case a young, wild, male sperm whale, and a boy, Michael, who lives on a fictionalized Caribbean island. I’ve spent some of the happiest times of my life on board small boats in tropical seas watching whales, and I wanted to put the delight of those experiences and close encounters into the book.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
December 5, 2013
Guest Post by Richard Collingridge

It’s December and Christmas is coming so I feel like I can talk about my book, When it Snows again!

As some of you may know, the hardback was released last year to much critical acclaim (thanks for that :)).

– The book was shortlisted for the V&A best illustrated book award and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway award.

This year sees the release of the US Edition, a French Edition and an Estonian edition (which I don’t know much about).
But I thought I’d talk about the UK paperback edition.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
November 28, 2013
Guest Author Blog Post – Tim Hopgood

So what have you learnt this week that you didn’t know before? Well, as it happens quite  a lot!Last week was Week ONE of the Northern Childrens Book Festival. This year  the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary, which is quite an achievement  considering the political backdrop of major spending cuts throughout the North East.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
November 14, 2013
David Wyatt – ‘Not So Secrets’

By David Wyatt

I’ve always avoided using family members as characters in my work for fear of being found out; it would be awkward (for example) if uncle Derek discovered the evil Goblin king in a particularly grotesque illustration was based on him.

Friends, on the other hand, are fair game.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
November 4, 2013
Everything Matters – SF Said

By SF Said

For this round of storyblogs, we’ve been asked to respond to Siobhan Dowd’s novella THE RANSOM OF DOND.  Given that Siobhan died so tragically young, and the book deals with the subject of death, I thought I’d use this post to talk about that subject – though it’s one people don’t normally like to talk about.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
October 3, 2013
Why Nina is Visiting China by Madhvi Ramani

Books as a way of travelling

One of the reasons I love reading is that books transport me to other worlds, and introduce me to new people and places. In my children’s series, my character Nina can travel to anywhere in the world in her magical shed. And the great thing is that we all get to journey along with her!

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