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Children's books website ReadingZone launches online bookclub

17 June 2020 Share

Bookclub will run on YouTube

We're excited to share that children's books website ReadingZone (www.ReadingZone.com) has launched an online bookclub for children and teenagers to share information about new books and developing authors, supported by a grant from Arts Council England.

The ReadingZone Bookclub will run on YouTube, with author videos, book trailers, children's and teenagers' book reviews and recommendations from specialists. The bookclub will give particular focus to supporting debut and BAME authors and illustrators.

www.youtube.com/channel/UCz2PCm7k6LH_2qaKwFAkVFg/videos

Editor Caroline Horn said, "The past few months have been – and will continue to be – a very challenging time for authors and illustrators trying to get word out about their new books, without being able to physically visit schools, bookshops and festivals. In some small way we hope our new ReadingZone Bookclub can help by providing an entertaining destination for young bookworms."

As well as supporting readers, the bookclub will share book recommendations from reading specialists including librarians, teachers and booksellers to help guide parents and carers. Video recommendations can be sent to info@readingzone.com.

Horn added, "We are also continuing our work on the main ReadingZone website, www.ReadingZone.com, to support authors and illustrators as much as we can and to provide information for families, schools and young readers themselves about books, authors and reading for pleasure.

"It's early days for us, but we aim to make the bookclub a thriving area of ReadingZone's work this summer and autumn, where children and young people will be able to see their favourite authors and illustrators, and discover books from authors they might not yet have come across."

Footage from the bookclub will also be shared on the main ReadingZone website as part of its planned relaunch this September, with a range of new features for schools and families. Further details will be made available nearer the launch date.

As part of the ReadingZone Bookclub grant, funds were also made available by the Arts Council to support the organisation during lockdown.