Judging for EmpathyLab

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Judging for EmpathyLab

By Nicky Parker, Publisher, Amnesty International UK Today, EmpathyLab announces the 45 books chosen for the 2019 Read for Empathy Guides. I can vouch for them, as I was one of the judges. I have to admit that there were times during the judging process when I wondered why I’d agreed to take it on. […]

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New Ambassador for the Wicked Young Writers Award

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by Chris Routh (Chair) This year’s Wicked Young Writers Awards (WYWA) was launched in October 2018 at the Loogabooga Festival in Loughborough with the help of author Dan Freedman, the new Ambassador for the awards. Over 25,000 entries have been submitted since the first WYWA in 2010, but the organisers are eager to increase the […]

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The Rise of Neurodiversity in Literature and Media

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By Amber Lee Dodd At school, I was plagued with the feeling of being different. As a student with dyslexia and dyspraxia, I struggled with reading and writing, was put into the special needs classes and always seemed to get everything wrong. Like most neurodiverse people, I constantly felt my brain just wasn’t wired up […]

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Meet Rita the Reading Dog

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During a recent trip to the Wirral, FCBG Chair Chris Routh visited Birkenhead High School Academy, an all-through state-funded academy for girls aged 3-19. The school was very keen for Chris to meet Rita their reading dog and see her in action, and Rita’s owner, Assistant Vice Principal Gwen Saccheri, has written this piece about […]

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Bringing Children and Books Together: FCBG History of Special Initiatives

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by Karen Hellewell (National Executive Committee member) Butlins Story Room The FCBG’s mission was first put into action though an early initiative with Butlins, whose Venture Weeks for school children was initiated in 1972 by Paul Winterforde-Young, a senior executive at Butlins, working with David Blanch, now an Honorary Federation President. Book group volunteers manned and […]

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A Rich Legacy: 50 years of Resources

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  by Karen Hellewell (National Executive Committee member) From the early days, the mission of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups has been supported by various resources, many with the children’s voices at the centre – chosen by children, or by children in conjunction with adults, for children. This blog reveals this rich legacy of […]

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Children’s Book Circle Eleanor Farjeon Award and Patrick Hardy Lecture 2018

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by Jayne Gould 28th November at the St Bride Foundation, London This year’s award ceremony and lecture was held in the historic and very apposite surroundings of the St Bride Museum, dedicated to the history of printing. The Eleanor Farjeon Award, established in honour of the writer and poet following her death in 1965, recognises an […]

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Unicorn Girl: A Different Way of Doing Things

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by Anne-Marie Conway I was on my third glass of prosecco at an end-of-year event when I was approached by Lucy, the head teacher of my son’s school. ‘We’re going to start fundraising for our new school library,’ she said. ‘And we’d love you to get involved.’ The original plan was for me to say […]

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Three Laureates: The Festival of Children’s Literature

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by Emma Carpendale, (Secretary, Northamptonshire CBG) The Festival of Children’s Literature was the first FCBG event I’d ever been to, both as a committee member of a local group, and as a member of the public. I’m Secretary of Northamptonshire Children’s Book Group, we formed in the summer of 2018 and are currently planning our […]

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Coming Across the Elephant – a publisher discovers a book

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by Mikka Haugaard, director of Everything with Words Publishing is fun, exciting and scary. You have to be willing to sift through a lot to find something special— and no one has perfect judgement. There’s an element of taste and chance. You don’t have to be long in publishing to know that there are beautiful […]

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