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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE is a monthly radio show all about children’s books, hosted by Caroline Carpenter, Hannah Love, Charlie Morris and Sam Sedgman. Featuring special guests from the world of children's publishing, join us for wide-ranging chats about our new discoveries and perennial favourites, from picture books to young adult novels and everything in-between.

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE is a monthly radio show all about children’s books, hosted by Caroline Carpenter, Hannah Love, Charlie Morris and Sam Sedgman. Featuring special guests from the world of children's publishing, join us for wide-ranging chats about our new discoveries and perennial favourites, from picture books to young adult novels and everything in-between.

    23 November 2021 | Episode 92: Separated Parents and Blended Families

    23 November 2021 | Episode 92: Separated Parents and Blended Families

    This month Caroline and Charlie are joined by authors Jason Reynolds and Tom Vaughan to talk about children's books featuring separated parents, single parents and blended families. Tom Vaughan's Bin Boy was published earlier this year and Jason Reynolds' Stuntboy, in the Meantime came out this month. Both feature characters with complex families, and they're here to share their thoughts and inspiration about books with families of all shapes and sizes.

    You can buy the books mentioned in today's show from our shelf on Bookshop.org - https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    • 29 min
    26 October 2021 | Episode 91: Vampires

    26 October 2021 | Episode 91: Vampires

    Invite us into your ears this Halloween to hear us sink our teeth into one of the spookiest characters in children's books - vampires! The fangs come out as Hannah and Sam talk with special guests Amy McCaw and Harriet Muncaster about their favourite bloodsucking heroes and villains, what makes a good vampire, and why we seem to be seeing more vampires in books for young readers than ever before.

    You can buy books mentioned in today's show from our shelf on Bookshop.org - https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or on Instagram @DTRHradio. You can find Amy McCaw at @YAundermyskin and Harriet Muncaster at @H_Muncaster.

    • 39 min
    28 September 2021 | Episode 90: Celebrating Black Joy

    28 September 2021 | Episode 90: Celebrating Black Joy

    In honour of the start of Black History Month in the UK, Charlie passes the mic to guest host Aimée Felone, Managing Director of independent children's publisher Knights Of, who is joined by Clare Weze, E. L. Norry, Chanté Timothy and Camilla Ru, four of the contributors to children's anthology Happy Here, a book which champions joy and celebrates the work of Black British authors and illustrators. Down the Rabbit Hole joins them for a candid conversation and a look behind the scenes at the aims and inspiration of the book - copies of which will be delivered to every school in the UK in partnership with Booktrust and CLPE. Plus, we all recommend a book that's been making us happy this month, and our guests share their hopes for the future of publishing, and what legacy they would like to leave with their work.

    You can buy books mentioned in today's show from our new shelf on Bookshop.org - https://bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or on Instagram @DTRHradio. For more information about Happy Here, follow Knights Of at @_KnightsOf or check out their website - knightsof.media.

    • 29 min
    24 August 2021 | Episode 89: The Magic of Debuts

    24 August 2021 | Episode 89: The Magic of Debuts

    Welcome first-timers and seasoned listeners alike! Today we are talking all about the wonder of debuts in children's literature, and finding out what's so special about an author's first piece of published work. Caroline Carpenter and Sam Sedgman are joined by two very special guests: Struan Murray, author of Orphans of the Tide, and his editor at Puffin, Ben Horslen. Struan and Ben join us fresh from winning this year's Branford Boase Award, which honours the author and editor of a debut title in children's fiction.

    Buy all the books mentioned in today's episode from our shelf on Bookshop.org - https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or Instagram at @DTRHradio. Follow Caroline @CarolineC1988, Sam @samuelsedgman, Struan @Struan_Murray, and Ben @BenHorslen.

    • 29 min
    11 August 2021 | Episode 88: Summer Holiday Special

    11 August 2021 | Episode 88: Summer Holiday Special

    Pack your bags and climb aboard this very special bonus edition of Down the Rabbit Hole all about travelling the world by book. Sam Sedgman is joined by special guests Rumena Aktar and Katherine Woodfine (yes, she's back!) to share our favourite children's stories set in other countries, and discuss the joys and perils of writing and reading books set in foreign countries. Plus, we share which books are making us happy.

    Buy all the books mentioned in today's episode from our shelf on Bookshop.org - https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or Instagram at @DTRHradio. Follow Sam @samuelsedgman, Rumena @rumena_aktar and Katherine @Followtheyellow

    • 44 min
    27 July 2021 | Episode 87: Grief

    27 July 2021 | Episode 87: Grief

    In today's episode, presenters Hannah Love and Caroline Carpenter are joined by author Elle McNicoll and Harry Woodgate to discuss the presentation of grief in children's books, and why children's books can be a perfect refuge in difficult time.

    Buy all the books mentioned in today's episode from our new shelf on Bookshop.org - https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/downtherabbithole

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or Instagram at @DTRHradio. Follow Hannah @AitchLove, Caroline @CarolineC1988, Elle @Booksandchokers and Harry @harryewoodgate.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Sarah Lovell Art ,

Brilliant

Love listening in about all the new books , hearing some of our favourite authors and illustrators interviewed and getting ideas for new books for my children .

Todd L ,

The best children’s book podcast!

Always witty, informative and a great way to learn about some great books you may not have come across. A monthly must-listen for book lovers of all ages.

Mark2000 ,

Love this podcast

Have really enjoyed listening to this - particularly as a parent looking for good new books for children.

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