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Get the latest news with our Children’s Book Blog. We’re sharing our thoughts on the latest trends in publishing and children and YA books, along with odd musing and update from our award-winning author, Robin Bennett.

What Have We Been Up To At Monster Books This Month?

This month has been quite a busy one over here at Monster Books... A new release Firstly, this month we’ve been getting properly excited about the upcoming release of ‘Buk’, Robin’s quirky reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, which is such an intriguing story and ideal...

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How to raise a reader

There are only two things that qualify me to write on how to raise a reader. I was raised a reader, and I was a children’s bookseller for a while - a large part of which was convincing children that reading was, in fact, worthwhile. I experienced varying degrees of...

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The Delights Of E-Publishing

Following on from last week’s thoughts on the difference between reading on a screen and reading in print, we thought this week we’d take a gander at digital publishing’s place in the landscape. It has its critics, but e-publishing is a billion-dollar industry and...

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Therapy For Dreamers, Philosophy For Fantasy: Buk

“If you love what you have, the world belongs to you.” - Buk Loafing about in pubs can still be an educational way to spend time. I remember once we were talking about how many British fantasy authors there were. It seemed odd that, for a fairly restrained nation, we...

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Print vs Screen: is there a real difference?

In this modern age, the humble book can take many forms. You can carry around an entire library in your pocket, read war and peace without feeling like you’re holding a weapon in your hands, and take the entire Discworld series with you on your holidays. But is...

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The Magic of Myths and Folklore

Being based in the south-east, it’s no surprise that Monster Books has a penchant for bizarre and fantastical stories. Narnia, Middle Earth, and Wonderland were all invented in nearby Oxford, and the river that runs through the inventively named Henley-on-Thames is...

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How to get a child interested in reading

Some children seem to have been born with their noses stuck in books. I was one such child, exhausted every day at school because I had stayed up late reading Molly Moon or My Secret Unicorn - or whatever I was obsessed with at the time. In an act of desperation, my...

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Fantastic Fantasy: The best YA fantasy reads for right now

After the frankly unbelievable plot of the past 12 months in real life, it’s hard not to wonder if we’re going to have to rethink the definition of fantasy fiction. When reality has had you suspending your disbelief for an extended amount of time, you have to choose...

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What makes a children’s bestseller?

Observations of a Children’s Bookseller World Book Day is about getting children interested in books - and that’s the job of a children’s bookseller all year round. So as the day approaches once again, I find myself thinking - what is it that makes the popular books...

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Funny February: The Lifeline of Funny Books

The world is throwing us many challenges at the moment, one of them being exactly how to keep kids engaged with learning while they’re stuck at home, missing their friends and teachers. It’s not easy - but funny books might just come to the rescue. The role of funny...

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