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Alex Rider Secret Mission launches across the UK – sign up today and bring your pupils a unique writing challenge

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s action-packed Alex Rider series and to engage children in creative writing and reading for pleasure, the National Literacy Trust and Walker Books are hosting the Alex Rider Secret Mission for the spring 2015 term. Using the popularity of MI6’s youngest recruit Alex Rider, teachers will have the […]

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A guest post from Andrew Norriss and your chance to read the 1st chapter from his new novel for free

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Andrew Norriss has written many books for children; he is perhaps best known for AQUILA, a novel that won the Whitbread Award and a Smarties Prize, and was made into a BBC television series. His latest book, Jessica’s Ghost, is published on World Book Day, March 5th. Francis has never had a friend like Jessica […]

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The winners of the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award have been announced!

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The Children’s Laureate and other stars of children’s literature have come out at London’s Southbank Centre to celebrate the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award winners – chosen and voted for entirely by children. In a lavishly literary awards ceremony in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, this year’s winders were named: Internationally […]

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Sita Brahmachari named Booktrust’s new Writer in Residence

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Award-winning author Sita Brahmachari has been appointed the new online writer in residence for British literary charity Booktrust. Sita, who is well known for addressing topical issues in the literary world, will take on the role for six months. She recently wrote an article on what books children can read after the terrorist attacks in […]

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Dick King-Smith: a new website and a giveaway

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Dick King-Smith’s books have always been firm favourites with children, families, teachers, librarians and members of the FCBG. A brand new website has launched celebrating the work of this much-loved author, www.dickkingsmith.com. The site is packed full of information about Dick, his time as a soldier and farmer before he started writing, the menagerie of […]

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The SLA Information Book Award – helping highlight excellent information books for children

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Today we bring you a guest post by Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association, who would like to invite all FCBG groups to take part in the SLA Information Book Award. “This is the fifth year that we have been running the SLA Information Book Award with the generous support of our sponsors […]

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How your bookgroup can take part in judging the UK’s biggest children‘s science book prize

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The Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – is inviting FCBG groups to join its collection of Judging Panels across the UK for its Young People’s Book Prize 2015. Seventy-five Judging Panels will receive a free set of shortlisted books, so this is a great opportunity to get your hands on six […]

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Longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award announced

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Today sees the publication of the longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award. This 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. Once again, more than 60 books […]

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The 500 words competition is back!

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Calling all budding writers aged between 5 and 13! Have you written a super fantastic short story? Do you want to enter the Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 WORDS competition and win hundreds of books? Brilliant! Just follow the steps on the 500 words official website, where teachers can also find lesson plans, loads of […]

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Keeping fit this New Year? Sign up for Where’s Wally? 2015 and have fun on the run!

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The National Literacy Trust’s Where’s Wally? themed fun run is back and bigger than ever! The charity is calling on everyone to don bobble hats, glasses and stripy tops in the style of Where’s Wally? and walk, jog or run either 5K or 10K on Sunday 22 March 2015 to raise vital funds to improve […]

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