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Echoes of Friendship: Armistice Special

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by Wendy Worley I listened with enthusiasm to Hilary Mantel explaining the merits of historical novels and their place in the telling of past events in her Reith Lectures broadcast in June 2017, which coincided with the publication of my debut novel Echoes of Friendship. What she said about bridging the gap between past and […]

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On Being a Non-Fiction Illustrator

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by Claire Goble This series of non-fiction books are the first children’s books I have illustrated, but my approach to the illustrations hasn’t been very non-fiction-like at all… ‘Why is art full of naked people?’ wasn’t supposed to have any illustrated characters, but early on it became apparent that a character was needed to guide […]

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Information Book Award 2018

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by Jayne Gould, School Librarian and Judge, IBA Having been involved with the School Library’ Associations Information Book Award since its inception, I was once again privileged to be part of the judging panel to select this year’s winners. The process started in January when the members of the panel received parcels containing the titles […]

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Non-fiction Helps Children Reach for the Stars

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by Anne Harding When Carl Sagan was five he asked his mother what a star was. She gave him a library card and told him to find out. He went on to become a world-famous astronomer and astrophysicist. These are the words of another, even more famous, physicist, Stephen Hawking: ‘Nothing is better than reading […]

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A Sprinkle of Imagination, a Spoonful of Yum and a Pinch of Bonkers – behind the scenes at Bake Me a Celebration Story

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by Emma Goldhawk Since 2016, I’ve been asking Nadiya Hussain and her kids Musa, Dawud and Maryam to climb mountains made of semi-freddo, surf on waves of porridge and run away from loo-roll dragons – or, pretend to, at least. As editor of the Bake Me a Story series, photoshoot days are some of my […]

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Bedtime Reading: Reading Non-Fiction for Pleasure

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by Ben Hoare As a boy I adored non-fiction above all else. My head was swimming with sharks. Then came dinosaurs, trains, aircraft, castles, planets, the Romans, birds. I’m obsessed by birds still. Perhaps, like me, you grew up in a happy home overflowing with books. Like me, you found that reading came early and […]

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Golden National Non-Fiction November

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In just a few days time it will be the first day of National Non-Fiction November. However as it’s FCBG’s fiftieth anniversary this year we’ll be referring to the event as Golden NNFN and using #GNNFN on Twitter. This year the theme is Food and Festivals Around the World. Here are some of the special […]

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Young Palestinians Speak

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Anthony Robinson is the author of the Refugee Diaries series, and Street Children (Frances Lincoln). Annemarie Young is co-author with Michael Rosen of Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave Their Homes? And Other Big Questions (Wayland) which was shortlisted for the School Library Association’s Information Book Award in 2017. This is one of a series for […]

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World Book Day 2019

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by Chris Routh (Chair, FCBG) World Book Day has just revealed next year’s twelve £1 books, which will be available in participating book shops and can be purchased using WBD £1 book tokens issued to coincide with this annual event. What a fantastic way to ensure that every child can enjoy owning a book – […]

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Creating Toppsta

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Mum of two, Georgina Atwell, tells us why she created Toppsta – the UK’s largest online community reviewing children’s books – and her inspiration for the Toppsta Reading Record. We recently ran our first online book club on Twitter with the brilliant Adam Baron, author of Boy Underwater. Adam talked about how the story and […]

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