Shortlist announced for the UK’s only award for creative educational writing

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Shortlist announced for the UK’s only award for creative educational writing

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The ALCS Educational Writers’ Award celebrates the best of non-fiction that stimulates or enhances learning. This award was established in 2008 by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA) “to celebrate educational writing that inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely and build up their understanding of a […]

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NNFN: A Plea for Narratives – a guest post by Nicola Davies

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Continuing our discussion of what is or isn’t non-fiction, and how we might (or might not) distinguish it from other books, today we’ve a guest post from Nicola Davies about the role of narrative, and the type of boundary there is (or isn’t) between books shelved as fiction or instead with the fact books. ************************** […]

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NNFN: A giveaway – My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things

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Thanks to DK Childrens Books we’ve a giveaway today, of three copies of My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things. This book is full of fun facts, colourful illustrations, and games that will feed a child’s imagination and quench their thirst for knowledge, whilst supporting the National Curriculum. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is the […]

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NNFN: Defining Non-fiction – a guest post by Andy Seed

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We’re well in to National Non-Fiction November now, so perhaps its time to take stock and ask some tricky questions: What counts as non-fiction? Where do its boundaries lie? Why does this matter? And do we need a name to replace “non-fiction”? We’ve a guest post today by award winning non-fiction author Andy Seed to […]

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NNFN: On illustrating non-fiction – a guest post by Anna Wright

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The last few years have seen an increasing trend to move away from using photos to illustrate non-fiction for children and young people, using instead the beauty of the hand-drawn and painted to bring an extra dimension to exploring the world. In Magnificent Creatures: Animals on the Move, Anna Wright creates a visually stunning and […]

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NNFN: Win a copy of Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition

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The Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition is jam packed with incredible new and updated records and fascinating feats recognised from the entire gamut of gaming. From You Tube gamer, Ali-A, via Star Wars and space-simulation games including No Man’s Sky to eSports, Super Mario, Pokémon and more, this will be a sure-fire hit for […]

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SLA Information Book Award 2016 winners

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The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books. It is designed to support school libraries, reinforce the importance of non-fiction and highlight the high standard of resources available and yesterday, the winners of the School Library Association 2016 Information Book Award were announced: 0-7 Winner: Judges Choice Fabulous Frogs by Martin […]

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NNFN: Biographies and Diaries – a guest post by Gaby Morgan, Editorial Director 6+, Macmillan Children’s Books

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“At the start of his Weird World of Wonders books, Sir Tony Robinson says, ‘How do you know who you are if you don’t know where you came from?’ Non-fiction texts, especially biographies and diaries, tell us where we came from.   History is a vast and complicated business, and many of the events, regimes […]

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NNFN: The delights and perils of writing and illustrating Non Fiction – a guest post by Yuval Zommer

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The Big Book Of Bugs by Yuval Zommer (@yuvalzommer) and Barbara Taylor is an incredibly beautiful example of engaging non-fiction. Yuval Zommer studied at the Royal College of Art, London and today we have a guest post by Yuval on the delights and perils of writing and illustration non-fiction. ******************** “I have always loved non-fiction […]

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NNFN: It’s always been non-fiction – a guest post by Martin Brown

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Today’s guest post comes from Martin Brown, the cartoonist illustrator of the hugely successful Horrible Histories series. Martin originally trained to be an art teacher back in Australia, where he grew up, but his life course changed and he ended up in London working on magazines and greetings cards before finding work illustrating children’s books […]

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