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Scholastic and Red House have launched the Big Book Babble . They’re going to be bringing top children’s authors straight to the classroom or library – LIVE!Big_Book_Babble_logo

The aim of Big Book Babble is to encourage children to enjoy reading, so each programme will feature popular children’s authors interviewed by comedian James Campbell. The programmes will also highlight work submitted by children and include a profile of a second author, illustrator or poet, plus a Q&A session involving both the live and the virtual audience.

Andy Stanton, author of the hit Mr Gum series, was featured in their first show on Tuesday 24th January. He was joined by Liz Pichon, author of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Interviews with Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt and Charlie Higson are also up online. Authors scheduled for the coming months include Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz and Steve Cole.

It’s a great opportunity for children to see books come to life with their favourite authors. You can prepare them in advance with free teacher resources or even submit questions to the authors! It’s absolutely FREE – all you need to do is register and you’ll be able to watch all the programmes.

 The Big Book Babble show will be streamed live promptly at 11am and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

The programmes are aimed at primary school children aged 7 to 11

You can sign up to the Big Book Babble newsletter and you’ll be kept up-to-date with news of the authors, illustrators and poets who are being featured in each show.

You can submit a question for the live Q&A session by filling  out an online form.

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