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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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Shirley Hughes Wins Inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award

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The first ever Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award winner is the author and illustrator of more than 200 cherished children’s books, Shirley Hughes OBE. The prize, which celebrates the body of work of an author or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children’s literature, is being presented to Shirley during Book Trust’s Children’s […]

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The Wicked Young Writer’s Award winners announced!

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On Monday 29th June in London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the hit musical Wicked, the 2015 Wicked Young Writers Award winners were announced. The ceremony involved 120 shortlisted finalists all aged between 5 and 25. This is the fifth year the award has run, and sets out to encourage young people to express themselves, […]

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Creative Writing Classes – a guest post by Jon Walter

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Jon Walter’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Close to the Wind (published by David Fickling Books) was longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal. Walter’s second novel, My Name’s Not Friday will be published on the 2nd of July, and in celebration of this, today we have a guest post from Jon Walter about the role Malorie […]

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Shh! Can your class keep quiet for the National Literacy Trust?

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Want a bit of piece and quiet as you head towards the end of the school year? On Friday 10 July 2015, schools all around the country will be taking part in a sponsored silence to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. The challenge will be to stay as quiet as possible for 20 […]

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Don’t forget to bid for your NNFN author event!

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Don’t forget to get your group’s bid in by 15th of June to have Lonely Planet Kids‘ author and publisher Jen Feroze facilitate an event for your book group in November, based on map drawing and country designing activities to fit in with this year’s National Non-Fiction November theme of MAPS. Jen has authored and […]

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