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Picture a Story – An author’s story about letting go

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by Anna McQuinn from Alanna Books One of the hardest things you do, as a writer, is to hand over your story to be illustrated by someone else. Likely you’ve been working on it for months and already have a picture of the story in your head. Likely you have a very definite idea of […]

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Using Picturebooks for Discussion and Critical Thinking

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A longtime advocate for using picture books to create discussions with children, Mary Roche‘s key text, Developing Critical Thinking through Picturebooks (Routledge 2015) explores the use of picturebooks to develop language, comprehension, a love of reading, critical and visual literacy. Here, in an article, she explains the usefulness of read-alouds in the classroom.  Note: parts of […]

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A Celebration of Illustration, Picture Books, Drawing and Comic Making! by Marcia Williams

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  To celebrate picturing of stories is to mark a tradition that goes back more than 100,000 years to the Stone Age.  While creating my book, The Stone Age – Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths, I realised that our amazing Stone Age ancestors could  be considered the very first comic-strip artists! Their wonderful cave paintings […]

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Chris Riddell to become President of the School Library Association

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The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is delighted to join in with the excitement of today’s announcement (below) that outgoing Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell is to become the next President of the School Library Association in June. His passion about the importance of libraries and librarians in the lives of children has been a key […]

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Graphic Novels by Paul Register

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My name is Paul Register. I am a highly experienced school librarian. I also work freelance as the Bloke of Steel (www.blokeofsteel.co.uk) and am the founder and organiser of the Excelsior Award and Excelsior Award Junior. I am 46 years old. Why am I telling you this? Because I’m putting my teen years in historical […]

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Bookbug Week

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Bookbug Week, an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book gifting programme, will take place between 15 and 21 May, with hundreds of free events for children and babies held across the country. This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Big Giggle – a fun and playful theme that encourages parents and carers to share playful songs and […]

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Picture a Story Guest Blog by Elena Mannion, Pikku Publishing

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Elena Mannion, founder and publisher at independent children’s publisher, Pikku, is passionate about books that are visually rich, strong on story and beautifully produced – and perfect for sharing aloud. Here she talks more about how she chooses books for her list, and her aims of bringing more authors in translation to UK readers, and republishing […]

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Picture Book Club

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It can feel a bit like being in a AA meeting when you stand up and say, ‘I’m an adult and I love picture books!’ I’m definitely not ashamed to say it, and through making contact with inspiring people on Twitter such as @pbooksblogger, @playbythebook, @ReadItDaddy, @minervamoan, @maybeswabey, @BookMonsterAlly, @BookLoverJo and @BookBairn, I discovered I […]

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The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

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Amanda Brettargh, founder and director of London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, on the rewards of bringing stories alive and engaging children through live events. Last year we had to call the fire brigade down to Barnes Pond to rescue a boy from one of our ancient plane trees. Happily, the child together with a […]

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NSSM Children’s Book Award Blog

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Illustrations are part and parcel of storytelling for children of all ages, and publishing in the UK showcases the fantastic range of book artists currently at work. Take a look at our past winners poster for the Children’s Book Award (CBA) and you will see just how many illustrators have been loved and honoured by […]

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