b small’s Commitment to Language Publishing

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b small’s Commitment to Language Publishing

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by Sam Hutchinson, b small Publisher In a country full of people whose idea of speaking a foreign language is to shout slowly in English, you might think there isn’t a huge market for foreign language learning books for kids. And you’d be right! So why have we published in this area for nearly 30 […]

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Food and Cooking Around the World Quiz

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Test your children’s knowledge about Food and Cooking Around the World with this quiz based on the series of the same name published by Wayland. See below for an opportunity to win a set of the books, as well as the answers! An ideal activity for a book group, club or class. Which ancient civilisation […]

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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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