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Three Laureates Event

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The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Festival of Children’s Literature to be held at the fantastic new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The day will include performances by three past Children’s Laureates: Julia Donaldson, with a guest appearance from the Gruffalo, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris […]

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Drawing the Characters

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by Claire Powell I grew up as an only child and reading was one of my favourite things to do. I was fortunate that my parents read to me every night and enjoyed it as much, if not more, than I did and I have vivid memories of being snuggled up in bed, with my […]

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Have you heard? September is #WorldKidLitMonth!

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by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp It’s started small, but there’s growing support for the #WorldKidLit hashtag on Twitter: a ground-roots campaign to raise the profile of global literature for kids. We’re celebrating books that take children beyond their own environment to experience different perspectives and cultures from beyond their shores. Two years ago, a small group […]

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Salariya/Stratford Literary Festival Children’s Book Prize 2019

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The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2019 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions. The competition, which launched in 2017, is open to unpublished writers and illustrators, with a prize value of £1000. The winner will receive career advice from a leading literary agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary […]

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SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2018

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The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. Four exciting and innovative librarians have made it onto to the Honour List for the […]

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A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories

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by Angela McAllister In early 2017 I was at an award ceremony with my editor, Jenny Broom from Quarto, when she asked whether I’d like to write a collection of stories from Shakespeare. I didn’t need to think twice; what a gift, the opportunity to plunge into some of the greatest works written in the […]

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Droning On

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by Andy Briggs As a children’s author, I travel across the country between schools like a literary hobo, hoping to inspire children into reading more and maybe, just maybe, actually reading one of my own books. When I started out I went to see other authors, stole tips and hints and prepared myself. The most […]

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Celebrate 10 Years of International Dot Day

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The 15th-ish of September is International Dot Day.  It all started ten years ago, when a teacher and his students in Iowa celebrated the themes of creativity and courage in Peter H. Reynolds’s The Dot. Now, every 15-ish September, more than 10 million teachers, librarians, and children in 170 countries participate in International Dot Day, […]

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Why We Imbibe Lessons From the Stories We Read at a Young Age

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by Naomi Howarth The meanings of stories can far outlast the ritual of bedtime and lights out. When the bedside lamp is switched off, and the door closed, stories can linger like fireflies and nestle comfortably in our memories – the generosity of the Rainbow Fish, the inner strength of the gentle BFG, the reckless […]

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3000 Chairs

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The #3000 Chairs campaign first started in 2016 when author Nicola Davies wanted to highlight the plight of unaccompanied child refugees attempting to settle in the UK. Nicola subsequently wrote a poem about the situation these children found themselves in which has now been published by Walker Books as a picture book called The Day […]

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