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to help parents on this path and to get books into the hands

of children everywhere. 

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Spilling Ink – A Young Writer’s Handbook

Spilling Ink – A Young Writer’s Handbook

Spilling Ink is one of the best handbooks for young writers you'll find, with everything from finding your writer's voice to plotting what happens, creating your characters, choosing a narrative voice (who is telling your story) and getting into a writing practice.

The authors have put together everything a young writer needs to know.

Guest book reviews

We have a host of people doing reviews, from parents and toddlers to school children, book educators, teachers and librarians.  You can read some of their reviews here.  If you’d like to review a book – join The Book Tree Club.  Find the review format here.

Skin We Are In

Skin We Are In

The Skin We Are In is an exploration of why humans have different colour skin, and how people's thinking about skin colour has changed throughout history.

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Written by Gary D Schmidt (Penguin) Guest reviewed by Aimee (13) Orbiting Jupiter is a heartwarming story about a teenage boy called Joseph, who has a baby. Joseph moves in with a foster family but all he can think about is meeting his daughter. The story is told...

Latest blog posts

Top Tips for Entering Young Writers’ Competitions

You’re ready to get writing but before you do, consider these top tips to give yourself the best chance of success.

KBF Young Writers’ Competition 2022

Kingsmead Book Fair is launching a nationwide Young Writers’ Competition for ages 6 – 18. Enter now and show us your creative spark! Competition closes 16 May 2022.

The eBook Debate

When you’re trying to get your children off screens, eBooks can seem counter-intuitive. Are they good or bad for your children? As with everything to do with the digital age, the answer is not so simple.

The Benefits of Paired Reading

Paired reading is a wonderful reading technique which helps children master the skill of reading. It’s not only for children who are struggling, but also helps any child improve their fluency skills.

Why Children Must Read

Why are we passionate about getting children to read? Beyond the academic reasons, reading is an invitation to think, dream, explore, adventure and become – and it’s available to everyone.

Three Creative Writing Tips

Boost your child’s creative writing skills by following these three tips: get dramatic, write what they know and touch and feel their words.

3 things NOT to tell a child learning to read

Congratulations!  Your child is entering the magical world of books and will hopefully become a lifelong reader.  All children learn at their own pace and encouragement and practice are vital right now. Learn what three things you should NOT say to a child learning to read.

We need free books

A family trip to the bookstore is a joy many families can’t afford. Rising costs, a weakened economy and high unemployment are taking their toll. We have some suggestions for cheap and free books.

Do You Dread Reading To Your Kids?

While the benefits of reading to children are well documented, some parents dread reading time.  Usually it's at the end of a long day and children know how to drag it out until you're crying at the thought of reading one more Disney Princess book.  Or answering...

Kingsmead Bookfair 2019

  Kingsmead Bookfair 2019 is done and dusted.  It was an honour to be the curator of the children's and teen programmes of the fair this year and to get a chance to engage with authors from South Africa and abroad.  While I love any bookish event there were a few...

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Writing skills

The Kingsmead Book Fair Young Writers’ Competition.

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