The FCBG contribution to children’s literature studies

Author Archives: Clare Zinkin

The FCBG contribution to children’s literature studies

by Professor Kimberley Reynolds, Newcastle University I became professionally involved with the FCBG in the 1980s, when I was a mother of very young children and a doctoral student at the University of Sussex. I was lucky enough to be advised by Nicholas Tucker, who advised me to get involved with the Lewes branch to widen […]

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What is Authorfy?

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by Mel Taylor-Bessent Last year, I launched a campaign called the ‘Literacy Revolution’. With a bold title, backing from the entire children’s publishing industry and the aim of changing the way children interacted with books and authors forever, I knew the project would have to be very special if I was truly going to revolutionise […]

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A Collaborative Story About Inclusion

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Northampton High School joined in with NSSM by telling us about a fascinating e-twinning project they were part of involving pupils from six European countries who joined together to write a collaborative story about inclusion.  Languages teacher Alicia Diez, describes the project – At Northampton High School, we have taken Inclusion into the next level […]

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Target-Aim-Fire

by Ali Sparkes Be honest. There’s a boy in your crosshairs. You want to shoot him right through the heart. With your favourite book. But he’s a gamer. What hope is there..? RBRs. Reluctant Boy Readers; the NEMESIS of any librarian, author, parent or mentor. There he sits; jiggling up and down with unspent tension, […]

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‘Celebrating 50 years of bringing children & books together’ in Reading

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by Chris Routh (Executive Chair) Over the last three months Reading Children’s Book Group has organised three special events to coincide with an exhibition at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), which we co-curated with the University of Reading’s Special Collections. Clucktastic Chicken Quiz  The launch event was designed to be part of our […]

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Writing An Action Adventure for Reluctant Readers

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I love writing fast-paced adventure stories, possibly because I’ve always enjoyed reading them. I adore it when you can’t put a book down because you’re desperate to find out what happens next.  I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that my books are popular with reluctant readers. I’ve been told that once they open the book, they’re […]

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The Doll Who Ate Stories

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by Julia Miller (Lincolnshire CBG, Jean Russell Project Coordinator) ‘The Doll Who Ate Stories’: The 2018 Jean Russell Storyteller Project “FEED ME A STORY” is a clear winner with our groups. Watch the final performance of ‘The Doll Who Ate Stories’ FREE at our Three Laureates event in Birmingham on 3rd November (tickets for the […]

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Author Visits: Alexis Deacon on Behalf of the Children’s Bookshow

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I often joke that the professional author or illustrator is someone who had the time to master their craft because they liked being alone.  Thus, they were able to put in the many hours necessary to hone these innately solitary arts.  And as their reward, what do they receive?  They win the happy chance to […]

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Announcement of the Winner – CLiPPA 2018 (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)

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Hip Hop artist and debut poet Karl Nova announced as the winner of CLiPPA 2018 Rising Stars poetry collection, by poets and performers from under-represented communities, is highly commended Grace Nichols, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2018 judges praised the winning book: “This book really stood out for me with its refreshing use of […]

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Winners Announced For the 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards

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The 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards, presented in association with the National Literacy Trust, announced its winners during a ceremony involving 117 shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical WICKED on Thursday 21 June.  Amongst this year’s finalist entries were stories, poems and non-fiction writing […]

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