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SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist has been announced today, Wednesday 2nd September, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. The shortlist, featuring nine books which will be read and voted on by tens of thousands of Scottish children, includes one debut author, two former SCBA winners, five […]

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The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture 2015

The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children. The 2015 lecture entitled “Do Not Be Afraid to be Afraid ” will be given by Meg Rosoff at 5.00 pm on 10th of September at Homerton College, Cambridge. Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art […]

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Fabulous free comics: Moose Kid Comics

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Earlier this year we launched the latest FCBG book list, dedicated to highlighting fabulous comics and graphic novels for kids and young people of all ages. We couldn’t include Moose Kid Comics because it is only available online (though some of the strips now feature in The Phoenix Comic), but with their second issue now […]

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The Big Readcycle

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Marie Curie, a charity supporting people living with a terminal illness, and WHSmith are running a joint national campaign throughout August: The Big Readcycle. The Big Readcycle is asking people across the UK to donate their pre-loved books at WHSmith stores, which will then be taken to be sold in Marie Curie shops and also […]

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Invitation to join us on Twitter!

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Chris Routh, who is a member of Reading CBG and of the national executive committee, would like to invite all book groups to join Twitter:   Twitter is one of a range of social media options available for Children’s Books Groups and their members to exchange news, information and ideas. I have been tweeting on […]

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North Somerset CBG launches its own teachers’ book awards

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  On 31st July, North Somerset Children’s Book Group launched its own teachers’ book awards! You can check out the website by clicking on the image below. Make sure you check out the nominations. Sue Wilsher, founder of North Somerset CBG and organiser of the award, explains: Our teachers’ book group has been meeting for several years now, reading and […]

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Joseph Coelho announced as the CLiPPA 2015 winner

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Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho has been awarded £1,000 as winner of the CLiPPA 2015 for his first solo collection of poems Werewolf Club Rules!, illustrated by John O’Leary, published by Frances Lincoln. Joseph will also receive a specially bound copy of Werewolf Club Rules! designed and hand bound by bookbinder Mark Cockram. Roger […]

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Save the Date! FCBG Conference 2016

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 conference of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, ‘Building Bridges – Forging connections and growing readers‘, will take place at the Telford Innovation Campus, University of Wolverhampton, on 1st to 3rd April 2016 More details about the programme will follow over the summer. For more details about […]

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And the winner of this year’s Branford Boase Award is…

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…Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas, published by Hot Key Books. This is the 16th year of the Branford Boase Award, which has an extremely successful record in picking out future stars. Previous winning and shortlisted writers include Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, William Nicholson and Annabel Pitcher, as well as Carnegie Medal […]

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On compiling the Caribbean Poetry Anthology Give the Ball to the Poet – A guest post by Morag Styles

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Established in 2003, the annual CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. The winner of the 2015 award will be announced next week. Today we’re delighted to bring you a guest post by Morag Styles, an editor of one of the shortlisted titles, ‘Give the Ball to the Poet […]

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