Aimed at children, William Grill's maps, cheerful sketches and illustrations about the day-to-day life of the expedition will appeal to adults too, writes James Smart
Young heroes and heroines include a girl who loses her tongue but finds her voice, and a boy who faces persecution for being a mixed-blood witch, writes Geraldine Brennan
Whether all-action thrillers or tender coming-of-age stories, these novels for older children are packed with complex, chewy themes, writes Kitty Empire
A heroic rabbit, a philosophical goldfish and a gastronomic mouse show how to make the most of life, writes Kate Kellaway
The writer, who died on Thursday, created her teen diarist Adrian Mole while she was a struggling single mother of three. In this Observer article from 1989, she described how the state had left her destitute
Have you ever seen a girl with wings? Not quite angel, and not quite human - this month's top read has turned supernatural!
Alison Flood: Sue Townsend's spotty comic creation was the same age as me – his cul-de-sac growing pains struck a poignant chord
What better way to spend two weeks off school than with a book and a chocolate egg? And our site members have got plenty of small and tall tales to recommend for you this Easter!
25 years after its publication, author Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury shed some light on the origins of We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Free speech organisations step in after The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is pulled from high-school reading lists for 'filthy words' and anti-Christian content
Alison Flood: Postage costs to Lima have not deterred Michael Bond's ursine icon from penning letters to Aunt Lucy relating his London adventures
As the Easter holidays get into in full swing, the Book Doctor suggests some awesome adventures and mischievous exploits that characters in children's fiction have got up to during their holidays
Ali Smith brings Sophocles's tragedy to life in an imaginative reworking for younger readers, writes Marcus Sedgwick