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#NSSM15 Guest blog by Neil Griffiths

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Neil Griffiths is passionate about the importance and power of sharing stories both at home and in school – and particularly in the early stages of literacy development. Some of you may even think of him as ‘Mr Story Sacks’ – because it was Neil who invented this creative approach to storytelling and he has […]

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#NSSM15 Guest blog by John Kirk

Storyteller John Kirk specialises in creating stories, storytelling and leading drama workshops for schools, libraries and museums. We invited him to tell us about how he approached retelling George and the Dragon which is just one of the many stories in his wide-ranging repertoire. For further information see http://www.john-kirk.co.uk/ ************** Go Go Dragons! In March […]

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#NSSM15 Guest blog from Karen Goulding

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The third blog in the National Share-a-Story Month series has been written by Karen Goulding, the Director of the Learning Hub at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. For those who remember, this is also the home of the exhibition of publishers’ resources designed to support the teaching of reading, formerly known as The […]

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Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist announced

The Royal Society has today announced the six inspiring science books that make up this year’s Young People’s Book Prize shortlist. Publishers across the UK have submitted their best recent science books for young people to the 2015 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and now an expert adult judging panel has narrowed them down […]

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YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy for schools!

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Walker Books have partnered with the brilliant YHA (England and Wales) to bring Alex Rider’s adventures to life with the YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy, a brand new Action Adventure Package for schools in 2015! YHA Alex Rider spy training camps are launching in selected youth hostels nationwide. Now’s your chance to try out life […]

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And the winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2015 is…

…Gill Lewis for her book Scarlet Ibis. The Little Rebels Award is designed to recognise a rich tradition of radical publishing (publishing which promotes social justice, social equality or which is informed by inclusive/anti-discriminatory concerns) for children in the UK. The winner was announced on Saturday at the London Radical Book Fair, following a panel […]

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#NSSM15 Guest blog by Margaret Bateson-Hill

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Margaret Bateson-Hill has been telling and writing stories about dragons for some time now. The beautiful dual-language picture book she describes below was originally published under the Zero to Ten imprint of De Agostini Editions Ltd in 1996, resulting from the close collaboration of English and Chinese authors, the illustrator and a paper-cut artist, the […]

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Branford boase award SHORTLIST 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award has been announced today. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent. The number of books submitted […]

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Don’t forget to submit your bid for an NNFN event!

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As you’ll know by now the theme for National Non-Fiction November is MAPS, and all groups will be getting a “session in a box” pack of materials to help them run events during November, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Lonely Planet Kids . Whilst every group will receive everything they need to run their […]

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Shortlist for School Library Association Information Book Award 2015 announced

The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available. The 2015 award ceremony will take place in November but the shortlist was announced earlier this week. The School Library Association […]

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