Who are KNIGHTS OF?

Author Archives: Clare Zinkin

Who are KNIGHTS OF?

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Working in children’s publishing is one of the most exciting places to be, with endless authors, illustrators and stories to discover. Take a look at the best children’s books from 2017, a year that needed voices of opposition, and you find rebels, stories in which characters stand up for what they believe in, and others […]

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Toil and Trouble – How do you write about something you don’t believe in?

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by Abie Longstaff I write modern fairy tales. The world of The Fairytale Hairdresser (illustrated by Lauren Beard) is one of diversity and equality. The dwarves, fairies, princes and princesses are from all nations and cultures, and come with all kinds of physical abilities. My royals have jobs and hang out in normal clothes. Girls […]

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Creating a world, not just a book: Look for Ladybird in Plant City.

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In November 2015, I was asked by Rachel Williams and her team at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books to come up with an idea for a book. It was an exciting opportunity, but scary at the same time! As I walked around Islington after the meeting, an idea for a search-and-find book started taking shape: a […]

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Widening the world: expanding children’s knowledge through narrative non-fiction

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by Laura Knowles As a young child, when I imagined flying in an aeroplane to a different country (in my case, to visit my relatives in Canada), I had a very clear image in my head of different countries being on different levels. It seemed perfectly clear to me that if you needed an aeroplane […]

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Winner Announced – Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

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Scientist, TV presenter and author Robert Winston’s book Home Lab has been chosen by young people across the country as the winning book for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2017. The prize was awarded at a ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre on 20 November. This year, more than 2,000 young people from over […]

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The Amazing Animal Atlas by Dr Nick Crumpton and illustrated by Gaia Bordicchia

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After attending the launch of The Amazing Animal Atlas (Flying Eye) in September, NNFN 2017 Coordinator Chris Routh took the opportunity to ask Dr Nick Crumpton (author) and Gaia Bordicchia (illustrator) more about their collaboration. Nick, having worked at the Natural History Museum and as a journalist for the BBC, you’ve been recently working as […]

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Explorers wanted! Create your own Expedition Diaries with Simon Chapman

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What could be more exciting than being an explorer? Simon Chapman is a writer, illustrator and explorer and his appetite for adventure has taken him all over the world, from untravelled corners of the Amazon basin to the treacherous peaks of the Himalayas. However, you don’t have to travel to exotic places to be an […]

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Survivors of the Holocaust Graphic Novel

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The following guest post was written before the School Library Association Information Book Award ceremony took place and we are delighted to announce that Survivors of the Holocaust is in fact this year’s overall winner. Congratulations to authors Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones for creating such moving and very personal account of the Holocaust. We’re […]

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Animal Facts: Blue Wasps to Dog Poo

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Except for wasps, I love pretty much every type of animal on the planet. To be honest, I suspect if I read a bit more about wasps, I’d start liking them too. (In fact, it says here you can get blue wasps, which is pretty awesome). So when I started writing a book of animal […]

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The Importance of Awards for Non-fiction

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Being shortlisted for a prestigious award is always an honour for the book, author and publisher. It is also important that non-fiction is recognised and commended as highly as fiction. It’s even more exciting when people who enjoy DK’s books are involved in the judging including children’s, teachers and librarians, which is why DK is […]

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