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Writing An Action Adventure for Reluctant Readers

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I love writing fast-paced adventure stories, possibly because I’ve always enjoyed reading them. I adore it when you can’t put a book down because you’re desperate to find out what happens next.  I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that my books are popular with reluctant readers. I’ve been told that once they open the book, they’re […]

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The Doll Who Ate Stories

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by Julia Miller (Lincolnshire CBG, Jean Russell Project Coordinator) ‘The Doll Who Ate Stories’: The 2018 Jean Russell Storyteller Project “FEED ME A STORY” is a clear winner with our groups. Watch the final performance of ‘The Doll Who Ate Stories’ FREE at our Three Laureates event in Birmingham on 3rd November (tickets for the […]

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Author Visits: Alexis Deacon on Behalf of the Children’s Bookshow

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I often joke that the professional author or illustrator is someone who had the time to master their craft because they liked being alone.  Thus, they were able to put in the many hours necessary to hone these innately solitary arts.  And as their reward, what do they receive?  They win the happy chance to […]

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Announcement of the Winner – CLiPPA 2018 (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)

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Hip Hop artist and debut poet Karl Nova announced as the winner of CLiPPA 2018 Rising Stars poetry collection, by poets and performers from under-represented communities, is highly commended Grace Nichols, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2018 judges praised the winning book: “This book really stood out for me with its refreshing use of […]

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Winners Announced For the 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards

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The 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards, presented in association with the National Literacy Trust, announced its winners during a ceremony involving 117 shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical WICKED on Thursday 21 June.  Amongst this year’s finalist entries were stories, poems and non-fiction writing […]

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The Joy of Reading by Lavie Tidhar

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Reading is up against a lot of competition these days. There’s more TV than ever and it’s better than ever. More computer games. There’s the lure of swiping endlessly on a mobile phone or a tablet. Some people would no doubt rage at this takeover of technology. Not me! I’ve waited nearly my entire life […]

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Book Island: On Publishing Up

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by Greet Pauwelijn  E.B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Web, once said: ‘Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth…’ At publishing house Book Island, we aim […]

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CLiPPA Shortlisted Sue Hardy-Dawson

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The CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2018 shortlist was announced in April. This year’s shortlist celebrates and highlights the diversity of voices in the UK poetry scene, from debut collections, such as Sue Hardy-Dawson’s Where Do Zebra’s Go to legendary John Agard’s The Rainmaker Danced. Here, Sue Hardy-Dawson shares her delight on being shortlisted.  It […]

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Children’s Book Award Results and Report

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Saturday 9th June saw the Union Jack Club in London buzzing with excitement as authors, children, friends and members of the FCBG came to celebrate the Children’s Book Award ceremony 2018. Sadly four of our shortlisted authors were in far corners of the globe and so were unable to attend but it was wonderful to […]

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50th Anniversary Celebration of FCBG in London

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by Julia Miller (Exec and Lincolnshire CBG) Thriving imaginations, nurtured through a love of storytelling, are vital for children’s development. A flourishing imagination fosters resilience and empathy, it encourages children to soar beyond the every day and helps them to reach for possibilities. This was one of the key messages of Anne Wood’s speech on […]

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