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Children's Literature

News and features from the world of books, presented by Mariella Frostrup. Including a new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.

The first edition of The Oxford Companion To Children's Literature was published just over 30 years ago. Now Daniel Hahn has taken on the huge task of updating the book to reflect recent developments - including entries on David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and JK Rowling. He talks to Mariella about how he decided what to put in, and what to leave out, and why he tried to include opinion as well as facts.

Also on the programme, Charlotte Eyre from The Bookseller, and judge of a new YA prize, tells Mariella about trends in Young Adult fiction and why every author wants a film deal.

Award winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce chooses the Book He'd Never Lend, not even to his mother-in-law and two children of novelists- Renny Taylor and Deborah Moggach - celebrate the reissue of their parents' children's books and share memories of growing up with a writer.

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28 minutes


  • Daniel Hahn on Children's Literature

    Duration: 08:32

  • Charlotte Eyre on Young Adult Fiction

    Duration: 05:13

  • Frank Cottrell Boyce on the Book I Never Lend

    Duration: 04:35

  • Deborah Moggach and Renny Taylor

    Duration: 09:21

Read Daniel Hahn's introduction to the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn's introduction to the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature


The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature edited by Daniel Hahn

The Children Who Stayed Behind by Bruce Carter

Mossy Trotter by Elizabeth Taylor

The Wheel on the School by Meindert de Jong

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Y A Book Prize for fiction books for teenagers and young adults


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Eyre
Interviewed Guest Daniel Hahn
Interviewed Guest Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interviewed Guest Deborah Moggach
Interviewed Guest Renny Taylor


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