National Non-Fiction November 2017 Competition Winner Announced

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National Non-Fiction November 2017 Competition Winner Announced

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To fit in with the ‘The World Around Us’ theme, our poster design competition was inspired by a beautiful picture book called Lots (Walker) written by award-winning Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton. We were absolutely delighted to receive over 470 entries, submitted by book groups, schools and libraries from all over the country. […]

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Why It Took Ten Years To Write My Ghosts of Shanghai Trilogy – and why I’m glad I persevered…

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by Julian Sedgwick It’s often not at all easy to get a story – or a character – up and running. (At least that’s the case for this writer!) Sometimes you get a beautiful idea for a setting, but don’t have the characters yet to dash around in it. Or you dream up a beautiful […]

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CLPE Children’s Poetry Award

Submissions have opened for the CLPE Children’s Poetry Award 2018, the CLiPPA 2018. Publishers are invited to submit books of children’s poetry published in 2017 for the award that celebrates outstanding new children’s poetry. This year the Chair of the Judging panel is poet and first ever CLiPPA winner, Grace Nichols. She is joined by […]

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Fifty Favourite Books from the Last Fifty Years

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The publication of Fifty Favourite Books From the Last Fifty Years, marks the beginning of an exciting year of events designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups founded by Anne Wood in 1968.The idea for the list was first suggested during the Groups Meeting at the annual conference in […]

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50 years of Leading the Way in Bringing Children and Books Together

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   “In their own quiet and single-minded way, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups has done more for literacy, for literature and for reading than almost anyone” (Anthony Horowitz, Past Winner, Children’s Book Award) Throughout 2018 the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be celebrating 50 innovative years of enthusing hundreds of thousands of children […]

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The Unpredictability of Being Human

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by Linni Ingemundsen When I was a child and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I said that I was going to be an author. There was just no doubt in my mind whatsoever. Of course, I still ended up following a lot of different routes, goals and plans […]

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Stratford-Salariya Children’s Book Prize

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2018 sees the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company hold the second annual Stratford-Salariya Children’s Book Prize, to find the next big children’s author/illustrator. The Prize will form part of the Festival’s ongoing Sharing Stories Project, to encourage reluctant readers and parents to read with their children, and the winner will be announced […]

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The role of books in developing empathy and building emotional resilience in children

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by Sam de Lange At the start of 2016 I knew very little about emotional resilience in children. Things changed in November of that year when my friend, children’s author Jonny Zucker, took his own life. Jonny was an inspirational man who worked for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a successful children’s author. Even as an […]

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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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