Archive of ‘children’s books’ category
I was on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row this week, talking about YA books and the new YA Book Prize alongside author Matt Haig! We talked to presenter Kirsty Lang about everything from diversity in YA to the importance of book bloggers.
Although my true radio loyalties will (of course!), always belong to Down the Rabbit Hole, it was so interesting to go to Broadcasting House and pre-record for the programme, and I was delighted to be asked to take part. It’s been great to see children’s and YA books get a bit more coverage in the mainstream media this year – and on Radio 4 in particular – and I really enjoyed the chance to be part of that.
After the pre-record I came home and had a listen to the programme. Even after almost a year of broadcasting, I somehow still can’t get used to the sound of my own voice on the radio, but happily I had a brilliant new YA books to hand to distract myself from cringing too much – Jandy Nelson’s gorgeous I’ll Give You the Sun, coming from Walker Books next year.
If you want to have a listen, you can hear the Front Row programme on catch-up here.
OK, so it’s not quite Christmas yet, but this week we broadcast our Down the Rabbit Hole Christmas special. We were joined by the incredibly talented Chris Riddell for our festive show, which covered everything from our favourite Christmas children’s books (including the lovely Lucy and Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes, pictured above) to answering listeners’ Christmas book shopping dilemmas.
We also found time to chat with Chris about his latest books, including the gorgeous Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death, the second in the Goth Girl series; and two new books he has illustrated – Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: Pied Piper of Hamlin and the extraordinary Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.
All the while we were on air, Chris was doodling away:
You can listen to the show below and find out about all the books we talked about here.
Down The Rabbit Hole – 25th November 2014 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud
For this month’s Down the Rabbit Hole, we were joined in the Resonance studio by special guests Katherine Rundell and Benji Davies. As usual, we talked about three new titles, this time covering a wide span of age ranges – Snow, a wintery picture book from Sam Usher; The Imaginary, a suitably chilling illustrated book for Halloween week from A F Harrold and Emily Gravett; and Lies We Tell Ourselves, a YA novel by Robin Talley.
The episode also included a special feature with author Steve Cole and his son Tobey, who interviewed each other for the programme, focusing on Steve’s new book in the Young Bond series, Shoot to Kill. Plus, of course, a general chat about favourite spooky books for Halloween.
It’s amazing how much more relaxed I feel behind a microphone these days: I really look forward to presenting the show each month, and don’t even mind too much when I make mistakes (like pronouncing characters’ names wrong…oops!) – it all feels like part of the fun of live radio.
I’m especially looking forward to next month’s show (coming up on Tuesday 25 November) which will be a Christmas special. As well as some general festive fun, we’ll be helping listeners with their Christmas book shopping dilemmas – so if you have any questions about what to buy the children in your life this Christmas, do tweet us (@dtrhradio) and let us know – we’ll try to help on the show next month!
Have a listen to DTRH episode 5 here:
Down The Rabbit Hole – 28th October 2014 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud
After a show dedicated to picture books, and a show about YA, we decided to make September’s Down the Rabbit Hole a Middle Grade special. (What exactly is Middle Grade? Have a listen and find out…)
Our guests for the show were Middle Grade authors, SF Said and Emma Carroll, who joined us to talk about three new titles for this age group – Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders, and The Mountwood School for Ghosts by Toby Ibbotson (son of Eva Ibbotson).
The programme also featured an interview with Johnny Duddle, the illustrator responsible for the new look Harry Potter editions, in which he talked about how he approached the daunting task of reimagining Harry Potter for a new generation of young readers.
Have a listen below, or check out the Down the Rabbit Hole Tumblr for a list of all the books we discussed in the show.
Down The Rabbit Hole – 23rd September 2014 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud
Following YALC, what else could July’s Down the Rabbit Hole be but a YA special?
We were joined in the studio by YA authors Sarra Manning and James Dawson (the newly appointed UK ‘Queen of Teen’) and Sarra’s dog, the divine Miss Betsy, to discuss three new books for teenagers – Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan, She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick and City of Halves by Lucy Inglis.
The episode also featured an interview with the amazing Rainbow Rowell and of course, a report from YALC, featuring author Matt Haig.
Listen below, check out the Down the Rabbit Hole Tumblr for a list of all the books we discussed, or take a look at the Down the Rabbit Hole Twitter feed for some gratuitous pictures of the dog.
Down The Rabbit Hole – 29th July 2014 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud
And here’s the full version of Melissa’s interview with Rainbow Rowell, which features such delights as cheese, Tunnocks teacakes, and why she envies our ‘melancholy British lifestyles’:
Down the Rabbit Hole is taking a break in August but we’ll be back in September for our next show!