On Being a Non-Fiction Author

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On Being a Non-Fiction Author

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by Susan Martineau I was a nerdy, fact-collecting bookworm from an early age. I can’t quite believe that, as a children’s non-fiction author, I still get to hoover up information and become a temporary expert on anything from earthquakes to earthworms. My first job in publishing was as a dogsbody in the sales department of […]

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One Day So Many Ways

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by Laura Hall What do snails and frogs legs really taste like? Children are famously curious. When it comes to thinking about what other people are eating, what it would taste like to eat a snail or a frog, and what it’s like to try something new, their imaginations run riot! I have to admit, […]

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Food, Festivals and Micro-Publishing

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by Ziggy Hanaor Cicada Books is a small, London-based publishing company specialising in high-end illustrated books. By small I mean very small.  There are two of us doing everything from editing to production to press and PR for ten titles a year. Fortunately, we are distributed by Thames and Hudson, so we don’t have to […]

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Echoes of Friendship: Armistice Special

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by Wendy Worley I listened with enthusiasm to Hilary Mantel explaining the merits of historical novels and their place in the telling of past events in her Reith Lectures broadcast in June 2017, which coincided with the publication of my debut novel Echoes of Friendship. What she said about bridging the gap between past and […]

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On Being a Non-Fiction Illustrator

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by Claire Goble This series of non-fiction books are the first children’s books I have illustrated, but my approach to the illustrations hasn’t been very non-fiction-like at all… ‘Why is art full of naked people?’ wasn’t supposed to have any illustrated characters, but early on it became apparent that a character was needed to guide […]

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Information Book Award 2018

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by Jayne Gould, School Librarian and Judge, IBA Having been involved with the School Library’ Associations Information Book Award since its inception, I was once again privileged to be part of the judging panel to select this year’s winners. The process started in January when the members of the panel received parcels containing the titles […]

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Non-fiction Helps Children Reach for the Stars

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by Anne Harding When Carl Sagan was five he asked his mother what a star was. She gave him a library card and told him to find out. He went on to become a world-famous astronomer and astrophysicist. These are the words of another, even more famous, physicist, Stephen Hawking: ‘Nothing is better than reading […]

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A Sprinkle of Imagination, a Spoonful of Yum and a Pinch of Bonkers – behind the scenes at Bake Me a Celebration Story

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by Emma Goldhawk Since 2016, I’ve been asking Nadiya Hussain and her kids Musa, Dawud and Maryam to climb mountains made of semi-freddo, surf on waves of porridge and run away from loo-roll dragons – or, pretend to, at least. As editor of the Bake Me a Story series, photoshoot days are some of my […]

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Bedtime Reading: Reading Non-Fiction for Pleasure

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by Ben Hoare As a boy I adored non-fiction above all else. My head was swimming with sharks. Then came dinosaurs, trains, aircraft, castles, planets, the Romans, birds. I’m obsessed by birds still. Perhaps, like me, you grew up in a happy home overflowing with books. Like me, you found that reading came early and […]

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Golden National Non-Fiction November

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In just a few days time it will be the first day of National Non-Fiction November. However as it’s FCBG’s fiftieth anniversary this year we’ll be referring to the event as Golden NNFN and using #GNNFN on Twitter. This year the theme is Food and Festivals Around the World. Here are some of the special […]

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