A baby girl is found in a shipwrecked cello case and the fairytale begins
Children's books have been getting longer since the Harry Potter series but there are ways to make them less daunting for less able readers
Gillian Cross's seamlessly-plotted page-turner takes place in a dystopian world so plausible you can smell it, says Linda Buckley-Archer
Alison Flood: Sylvia received a remarkable bit of post from an author. Have you received replies to fan letters?
Anti-censorship campaigners fight parent in Michigan over allegedly graphic passages in Diary of Young Girl
Pushkin Children's Books will bring to UK readers such international hits as Oksa Pollock, the 'French Harry Potter'
This is a crisply written fantasy debut that, for once, justifies the hype. I have a feeling it might do very well, says Tony Bradman
Show devoted to Britain's bestselling author of 20th century attempts to bring her stories to life – and reveals her work ethic
As the Brighton festival gets started in the seaside sunshine, guest director Michael Rosen tells Michelle Pauli about his role and what he's most looking forward to in the children's books programme
Michael Rosen fell for Emil and the Detectives as a child – a dazzling book about burglars and Berlin. He retraces the young sleuth's steps with Kate Connolly, and tells her why he's taking the story to the Brighton festival
Authors welcome David Fickling's decision to launch 'small' independent publishing company