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Write What You Know?

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by Stella Tarakson There’s an old writers’ dictum: only write what you know. When I first started writing fiction seriously, I took it to heart. I’m a lawyer, so I should write a legal thriller, right? I tried. It didn’t work for me. Writing one didn’t excite me the way it should. Needless to say, […]

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Meet the Authors

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Two of this year’s esteemed conference speakers are not only past Children’s Laureates but between them they have also been overall winners of the Children’s Book Award six times! It therefore seems entirely fitting that Sir Michael Morpurgo and Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be helping us to celebrate the Federation of Children’s Book Groups 50th […]

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Children’s Book Awards: A Golden Anniversary Celebration

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‘I treasure my Children’s Book Awards….it is the children who have done the choosing and that means so much to me, to know that a book has been that much loved’ Sir Michael Morpurgo, four times Overall Winner and former Children’s Laureate Each year, the FCBG holds the Children’s Book Awards, inaugurated in 1980, and […]

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Read for Empathy

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On Monday 4 February, the EmpathyLab announced a new children’s collection of books for 2018, which all boost empathy. Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy-draining effect of social media on children, and new pressures caused by societal divisions and the rise in hate crimes. To combat this, EmpathyLab is harnessing the […]

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A Golden Treasury: Hidden Gems Bright Futures

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If you haven’t already booked for our special 50th Anniversary Conference – it’s not too late as booking remains open until Friday 9th March 2018. Although we have very few full weekend places left, we still have plenty of spaces for day delegates. See here for the most up-to-date programme and booking details. This year, […]

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Anne Wood’s Book Group Memories

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We are delighted that Anne Wood, the founder of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, has written about her earliest memories of the first Children’s Book Group for us. You will be able to read much more about the history of FCBG in a book due for publication in April. I sit here contemplating the […]

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The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards

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Throughout the year we will be reporting on the variety of work being done by our local Children’s Book Groups. All of the FCBG Book groups are passionate about bringing children and books together and each have developed their own way of doing this. In the first of the series, FCBG member Sue Wilsher explains […]

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Children’s Books in Translation

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When I launched Wacky Bee Books in 2015 I never thought I would be publishing books in translation. In fact there were quite a lot of books I didn’t think I would be publishing, including picture books (we now have five) and board books (we now have two). But books in translation never even crossed […]

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Zenith: Love for Space and Science Fiction

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Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings are the two authors of Zenith, a New York Times bestselling ebook that’s now in print and published by HarperCollins. Sasha is one of the world’s biggest ‘booktubers’ on her channel A Book Utopia. She wrote Zenith with established YA author, Lindsay Cummings. Below, they explore what it means to […]

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Golden National Share a Story May 2018

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As 2018 is the Federation’s 50th Birthday we are aiming to make National Share a Story Month a special golden event!  Plans for GSSM in May are on well on their way with lots of exciting ideas for sharing stories. The theme for 2018 is ‘’Celebrating A World of Stories’ and we have a whole […]

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