Thirteen Eventful Years in the Life of a Children’s Book Group

Author Archives: Clare Zinkin

Thirteen Eventful Years in the Life of a Children’s Book Group

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Three friends from Reading set up the Reading Children’s Book Group as a result of meeting some of the National Executive of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups at the Hay Festival in May 2004. Two of them are still active members but the group has undergone lots of other changes in the intervening years. […]

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The Philippa Pearce Lecture Tenth Anniversary, with Frances Hardinge

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The Philippa Pearce Lecture celebrates its tenth anniversary with a lecture by children’s author Frances Hardinge on Thursday 19th April. Frances’ highly acclaimed children’s novels include Fly By Night, Twilight Robbery, the Carnegie-shortlisted Cuckoo Song and 2015 Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree. Frances’ lecture, entitled  “Peopling the Dark, will explore unseen […]

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Children’s Book Award Younger Children Blog Tour Round-up

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Have you read all the fantastic blogs by our Younger Children Top Ten authors and illustrators? If you missed them – visit childrensbookaward.org.uk for the links, but here is a flavour of some of the fabulous illustrations and stories displayed.  The Secret of Black Rock, written and illustrated by Joe Todd Stanton and published by […]

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Alphabet of Alphabets

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A guest blog from Allan Sanders When Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley approached me with the idea of The Alphabet of Alphabets I knew immediately it would be a fantastic project. It was clear there would be a huge amount of work involved but I knew working with Mandy and Mike would be a great experience. Together […]

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OCBG and the World Story Sack Day 2018

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The OCBG always marks World Book day in a special way. For the last three years, we have donated sets of story books to local Hospitals and Children’s Hospices in Oxford and Banbury. Last year, however, we decided to make and donate 20 Story Sacks to the Children’s Hospital School, at the John Radcliffe Hospital, […]

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Meet the Publishers

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We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the publishers who will be attending our 50th Anniversary Conference in April. The exhibition (Friday-Saturday) is always a highlight for delegates, but this year each of the publishers has also been invited to speak for two minutes about their new titles. Publishers […]

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The Adventures We Go On Through Reading

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by Vashti Hardy, author of Brightstorm What I love most about reading, and the thing that drives me to create fictional worlds, is that the landscape of reading is a place for all – it’s not just for the wealthy or the well-travelled, there’s no entrance fee other than a trip to the library or […]

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Children’s Book Award 2018

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Follow the Children’s Book Award 2018 on @CBACoordinator #FCBGCBA18 and vote online at www.childrensbookaward.org.uk/vote After counting our 93,000 votes we can announce our exciting Top Ten shortlist for the 2018 Children’s Book Award – the only book award voted for entirely by children.  This year we cover a thrilling range of books, from the wacky […]

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Write What You Know?

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by Stella Tarakson There’s an old writers’ dictum: only write what you know. When I first started writing fiction seriously, I took it to heart. I’m a lawyer, so I should write a legal thriller, right? I tried. It didn’t work for me. Writing one didn’t excite me the way it should. Needless to say, […]

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Meet the Authors

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Two of this year’s esteemed conference speakers are not only past Children’s Laureates but between them they have also been overall winners of the Children’s Book Award six times! It therefore seems entirely fitting that Sir Michael Morpurgo and Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be helping us to celebrate the Federation of Children’s Book Groups 50th […]

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