It’s been over a year since we crowned Kerr Thomson’s thrilling and atmospheric THE SOUND OF WHALES the winner of the 2014 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition – and now the 2015 winner has been announced! Head over to our submissions page for more info on how to enter this year’s competition.


If you’re looking to be whisked away to a world where anything is possible, THE BIG WISH and CIRCUS MIRANDUS are perfect reads – or for slightly older readers we have IF YOU WERE ME, a thrilling teen crime mystery which will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. For fans of YA, SALT & STONE is the hotly-anticipated second book in the Fire & Flood series – a gripping and exhilarating must-read!


We’re also very excited about the BIG GAME movie hitting the big screen in May. Have you read the book yet? Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks

26th June 2015

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Harry Potter supporting cast

A Harry Potter play! Philosopher’s Stone’s 18th birthday! Today is a good (read: the best) day for HP fans everywhere. I’ve been planning this week’s top 5 (previously top 5 Parisian stories) for a while, but with all the Potter news I feel this one is much more apt. Also:...

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5th June 2015


There can’t be many kids who don’t, at some point, wish they had a twin – better still, an identical one. A ready-made best friend to share everything with, starting with a womb. Publishing Manager Esther Waller picks five of the best sets of twins in children’s books...

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The Times Childrens Fiction Competition

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2016 ...

... is now open! Visit our submissions page for more information. 

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We no longer accept unsolicited submissions. But do take a look at our submissions page for our top tips on writing for children and for details of our annual children's fiction competition.

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