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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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#NSSM15 Sharing stories in secondary schools

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Today we’ve a post from FCBG Executive member and school librarian Chris Routh, in which she explores the different ways of sharing stories in secondary schools. “Last year was the first year that I attempted to make a focus of National Share-a-Story Month in the secondary school where I work. I presented a whole school […]

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A special event in your school or library to celebrate the final Horrid Henry storybook?

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2015 sees the publication of the final brand new collection of Horrid Henry stories: Horrid Henry’s Cannibal Curse, by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross, after 21 years, and sales exceeding 21 million copies. The four brand new utterly horrid stories involve Henry triumphantly revealing his guide to perfect parents, an interesting book about Evil […]

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#NSSM15 Guest blog by Ann Lazim

The penultimate blog our series for National Share-a-Story Month is by Ann Lazim who is the Library and Development Manager at the Centre for Language in Primary Education where she has been advising teachers and parents about children’s books for over twenty years. Ann has trawled some of the treasures from CLPE’s library and beyond […]

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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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