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Imagine Children’s Festival 2015, Southbank Centre, London – buy tickets now!

Imagine Children's Festival

Sponsored by the Book People, Imagine Children’s Festival  takes place at London’s iconic Southbank Centre from Monday 9 February to Sunday 22 February – and we just can’t wait! Two weeks of books, music, shows, activities and events that are sure to bring a smile to any child’s face, it’s one of the highlights of the February half-term.

Run by children for children, not only does the festival play host to the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Awards ceremony (hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton) but the likes of Russell Brand, Ruby Redfort author Lauren Child and Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz will all be making appearances to discuss their popular books. There will also be a very special appearance from The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr – a must-see for anyone who loves classic children’s books.

Imagine Festival 2015

Other must-see events include child-friendly classical concerts by world-famous orchestras, a children’s opera and even a live performance by Charlie and Lola! There are specially tailored events for those children under 5, too – no one misses out on the fun at Imagine Children’s Festival!

A huge part of 2015’s Imagine is the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the special anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic – the Imaginarium of Alice will provide children with a great dance adventure, fancy dress will be encouraged, interactive installations will be displayed and kids will even be able to try their hand at Flamingo Croquet!

In fact, there’s so much to see and enjoy during the two weeks of Imagine we’re running out of space to list them all here. Head over to Southbank Centre’s site today to buy your tickets and see the free events you’ll also be able to enjoy!

Who is A. A. Milne?

Best known as the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, A. A. Milne is surely one of Britain’s most respected children’s authors.



When was A. A. Milne born?

A. A. Milne was born in Hampstead on 18 January, 1882. He died on 31 January, 1956 at the age of 74.


What books did A. A. Milne write?

A. A. Milne was the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and also wrote a number of children’s poems and the famous novels Once on a Time and The Red House Mystery.


Who was A. A. Milne inspired/influenced by?

AA Milne
A. A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin Milne’s teddy bear inspired the character of Winnie-the-Pooh, while Christopher Robin also made appearances in the book. All of Christopher’s soft toys were included in the stories!

Oscars 2015: Academy Award-nominated films inspired by books

Let’s forget the snub of The LEGO Movie (we’re pretty angry too!), the 2015 Oscar nominations are now in and we thought it’d be great to take a look at this year’s shortlist and highlight the films and performances that have been inspired by fiction and non-fiction books.

Oscars 2015

Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture | The Book People

American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking


Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees

Best Actor | The Book People

Steve Carell as John du Pont in Foxcatcher – based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Eddie Redmayne as Prof. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking


Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominees

Best Actress | The Book People

Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl – based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild – based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Have you read any books that have inspired the Academy Award-nominated films in 2015? If not, visit and shop for books that films are based on today.

Oscars 2015: The books that inspired the films

As we eagerly await the Oscar nominations here at the Book People, we thought we’d credit those books that have inspired the films likely to be vying for the biggest honour in the film industry.

Jane HawkingTravelling to Infinity (The Theory of Everything)

Travelling to Infinity

We reckon both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones might be in with a shout for Best Actor and Best Actress for their portrayal of Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane in The Theory of Everything. Based on Jane’s bestselling memoir Travelling to Infinity, the film follows Jane’s wonderful, heartbreaking and tough experiences as she first falls in love with Stephen while studying at Cambridge and then cares for him as he battles motor neurone disease. The film made you laugh and cry – and you’ll need those tissues once more when you read through Jane’s open, honest and funny real-life experiences.

Gillian FlynnGone Girl

Gone Girl book

When Gone Girl was first published in 2012 it quickly became one of the most talked-about thrillers of recent times. A dark, twisting tale of the lies and paranoia that engulfed the desperately unhappy-in-love Amy and Nick Dunne, it arrived on the big screen in late 2014 in a film directed by David Fincher with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (in scintillating form – she could be our favourite for Best Actress) playing the couple. If anything, the book is even more gripping and we highly recommend you read (or re-read!) it to see if you can catch the clues…

Cheryl StrayedWild

Wild book

Arriving in cinemas this weekend, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by the Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallée. Based on an extraordinary true story from Cheryl Strayed, it follows Cheryl as she decides to embark on a journey of redemption at the age of 26 when her life begins to fall apart. Walking 1100 miles along the West Coast of America – from the Mojave Desert to Washington State – alone, the book captures the extraordinary nature of Cheryl’s quest and how she began to enjoy life again. We recommend you read it and watch the film.

Andrew HodgesAlan Turing: The Enigma (The Imitation Game)

Benedict Cumberbatch

One of the surprise hits of the year, The Imitation Game starred Benedict Cumberbatch as code-breaker Alan Turing and told the true story of how he broke the German Enigma code and helped bring an end to World War II. Set around Bletchley Park – Britain’s best code-breaking centre – the film celebrated Turing’s achievements and we expect Sherlock star Benedict to be in with a chance of Best Actor. The book the film was based on – Alan Turing: The Enigma – shows how Turing’s work and legacy lives on and covers the appalling treatment he faced after the end of the War.

Mark Schultz Foxcatcher

Starring Steve Carell in a truly career-defining role, Foxcatcher tells the true story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal-winning brothers who are invited to train at billionaire John du Pont’s state-of-the-art Foxcatcher ranch. Supported by mesmerizing performances from both Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher explores the relationships the Schultz brothers had with du Pont and cleverly presents du Pont’s catastrophic break from reality – which led to tragedy. Written by Mark Schultz himself, the man who knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than anyone else, the book must be read!

Why not let us know which film adaptations you have enjoyed over the past twelve months?

Christmas books for young adults

Young adults (children aged 11+) can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for at Christmas; they’re newly independent, but it is still important to make sure that when you buy a gift for them that it is not only interesting, but appropriate for them as well. Young adult fiction (what the kids call YA fiction) has seen a number of film adaptations over the past few years, most notably The Hunger Games films, so we would recommend some of these books as a good place to start when looking for a Christmas book for young adults. We’ve also added another few books which young adults might be interested in, too…


The Hunger Games Collection – Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy transports readers to a dystopian future, run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village. Young adults have been loving the books and the films for the past few years, so if you know a young adult who is yet to read the books, this collection is an ideal gift for them this Christmas. Plus, it’s three gifts in one!

The Hunger Games Collection | The Book People

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
With a fresh and contemporary voice, John Green, author of Looking for Alaska, tells the story of a cynical teenage cancer sufferer who unexpectedly falls in love. The no-holds barred wit, sensitivity and sharp observations of lead character Hazel mean that The Fault in Our Stars will move young readers to laugh and cry in equal measures. One of the biggest books of the year, this is the perfect Christmas book for young adults.

The Fault in Our Stars | The Book People

The Mortal Instruments Collection – Cassandra Clare
Fans of the Beautiful Creatures, Twilight and The Hunger Games series will be gripped by Cassandra Clare‘s incredible Mortal Instruments novels this Christmas. Sixteen-year-old Clary is a normal teenager who witnesses something horrific and finds her life changed forever as she is dragged deep into a New York underworld she never knew existed… This fantastical series is full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal – flawless young adult fiction!

Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction
Not strictly fiction, but if you know a One Direction fan, Who We Are: The One Direction Autobiography is the book they need this Christmas. From their humble beginnings at a nervous X-Factor audition in 2010 to selling out arenas, releasing their bestselling third album and making their own movie, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis bare all in this 1D autobiography. And now their 4th album, FOUR, is on it’s way, this book will make any young adult’s Christmas.

Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction | The Book People

Scott Westerfeld Collection
Bitingly satirical, Scott Westerfeld‘s sinister yet thrilling quartet of young adult books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras – are full of shocks, surprises and frightening questions about modern world we live in today. The world has been divided into those who are Pretty and those who are Ugly. Tally can’t wait to turn 16 so she can become Pretty – but her new friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. They soon discover the Pretty world is not so pretty after all… Ideal for young adults to curl up with during the festive holidays.

Scott Westerfeld Collection | The Book People

Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
Set to be the next big young adult novel, Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar will appeal to fans of The Bell Jar, The Secret History and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Full of emotion, observations and humour, the surprises will shock and keep young readers intrigued through to the very end. This is a Christmas book for young adults that they may not have heard of before, so you’ll be introducing them to a new favourite read with this one!

Belzhar | The Book People

Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness

Approaching themes of gender politics, redemption, the meaning of war, and good and evil’s unclear distinction, the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness has been heralded as one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years and we can see why! This series has won just about every award in children’s literature, so with it you can’t go wrong in finding a Christmas book for young adults!

Chaos Walking Trilogy | The Book People


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