The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware

A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing the lives of six individuals from Sandy Port, Michigan, published in weekly episodes. This page always shows the latest instalment and a new part appears every Friday. Use the arrows beneath the strip to read previous episodes.Viewing on mobile? Scroll down to the thumbnail image and use the red, touch-controlled...

December 19, 2014, 18:06
Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop

Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report

December 18, 2014, 8:00
Can too much punctuation ruin a book? Amazon certainly thought so Can too much punctuation ruin a book? Amazon certainly thought so

Graeme Reynolds’s novel High Moor 2: Moonstruck was withdrawn when the site decided 100 hyphenated words in 90,000 ‘impacted the readability’ of the bookWhat is your favourite form of punctuation? Mine is the semicolon. It wouldn’t be my desert island choice – that’d have to be something more boringly prosaic, such as the full stop. But a nice semicolon, properly used, is delicious.I...

December 18, 2014, 11:00
Children’s Books: Dave Eggers Illustrates Stories by Elementary Schoolers

Dave Eggers illustrates a collection of stories written by members of a Detroit charter school’s writing club.

December 17, 2014, 18:06
Indian comic creates female superhero to tackle rape Indian comic creates female superhero to tackle rape

Priya’s Shakti will tell story of ‘a new hero for modern India’ who fights with goddess Parvati’s help for education and respect for womenA new superhero has arisen in India in the wake of the brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus two years ago: Priya, a mortal woman who is raped herself, but who fights back against sexual violence with the help of the goddess Parvati - and a tiger.The rape by...

December 18, 2014, 14:31
Children's Books: ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future,’ by A. S. King

A high school senior grappling with her mother’s suicide is suddenly able to envision people’s pasts and futures.

December 19, 2014, 18:05
Bruce Springsteen: How the Boss has evolved Bruce Springsteen: How the Boss has evolved

Bruce Springsteen has changed over five decades in music.

December 18, 2014, 10:42
Snow babies – cutest animals in the snow – in pictures Snow babies – cutest animals in the snow – in pictures

Camilla de la Bedoyere shares some stunning pictures and amazing facts about cute baby animals in the snow! You can find out more in Camilla’s book

December 19, 2014, 9:00
JK Rowling shares her favourite Harry Potter quote JK Rowling shares her favourite Harry Potter quote

JK responds to a fan on Twitter with her favourite quote from the Harry Potter books, now share yours by emailings childrens.books@theguardian.com or on Plus get ready for Harry Potter Night! Sometimes you only have to ask and you get. A teacher from Northern Ireland posted a question to JK Rowling on Twitter and got a response from the great JK herself!. 'Of course it is happening inside your...

December 17, 2014, 15:31
Dick Cavett: By the Book

The author of “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” is a great fan of rereading. “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.”

December 18, 2014, 16:00