Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: In Conversation

Author Archives: Clare Zinkin

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: In Conversation

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A Conversation between Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal about Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, published by Chronicle Books.  KATE: Hi, Chris – and happy National Nonfiction November! I was thrilled when Chronicle reached out to talk with us about collaborating on a follow-up to our first picture book together, Over […]

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Learn, Create and Discover with Nosy Crow and the National Trust

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All children love being outside, exploring the natural world and using their creativity. From discovering the bugs that live at the bottom of the garden to learning about birds and animals or going wild in the woods, Nosy Crow’s brilliant collaboration with the National Trust has something for everyone! Why not get creative this winter […]

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Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

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The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people, and aims to inspire under 14’s to get stuck into science and build confidence in their reading. A shortlist of six fantastic books were chosen in May by a panel of adult judges from entries submitted by publishers. […]

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Discover the amazing world of life cycles with Look and Wonder!

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Introduce children to life cycles, a key part of KS1 science curriculum, while encouraging them to explore and enjoy the world around them. This blog post is based on the Look and Wonder series from Wayland – read on for fun activities and a chance to win a set of four books from the series! […]

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Judging the SLA Information Book Award

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by Jayne Gould As well as being the secretary of Ipswich Children’s Book Group, I am also a primary school librarian, and was a children’s bookseller during the 1980’s. Over the past 30 years, there have been huge changes in the development and publishing of information books.  When I started at the bookshop, from what […]

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Lots: a Competition and a Guest Blog by Nicola Davies

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by Nicola Davies What’s the most important thing on Earth, the thing that we simply couldn’t live without? (all those shouting ‘Great British Bake Off’ go to the bottom of the class) Is it water? Is it air? Is it food? Well, it’s true that we couldn’t live without those things, but what I have […]

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Welcome to National Non-Fiction November 2017: The World Around Us

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During the next 30 days we will be celebrating the wealth of beautiful information books available, and the joys of reading non-fiction for pleasure. This year we hope that some of the books encountered by young readers will encourage them to take a closer look at the world around them, to read and find out […]

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Chronicle Books: A History and Top 5s

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Longtime competitors in the US market, Chronicle Books, and New York–based publisher Abrams teamed up in 2010 to expand sales in the United Kingdom and Europe. The idea was to pool resources in order to better penetrate the illustrated book market in Europe and beyond, with English-language titles, particularly in key categories such as lifestyle, […]

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What is it about Vikings? by Lari Don

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I often ask, when I visit schools: “Who likes Vikings? Who wants to hear a Viking story?” And hands shoot up into the air. Kids love Vikings! Why? Why, unlike all the other invaders and traders who came to these shores, do Vikings get that enthusiastic welcome? I doubt I’d get the same reaction if […]

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Publishing Malala, A Guest Blog from Anna Barnes, PRH

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When I meet people for the first time and tell them that I am a picture book editor, I always get a small shiver of pride. I am so lucky to have a job that I love, that is a lot of fun, and that is important, to boot. As children’s publishers, we have a […]

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