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The Children’s Bookshow 2014

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The Children’s Bookshow, a national tour of the best children’s writers and illustrators from around the world, travels this year across the country to 15 cities ranging from London to Newcastle, Plymouth to Leicester. Made up of 12 wonderful writers and illustrators in 16 performances across England together with 55 free workshops in schools it’s […]

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The Largest reading lesson world record attempt with Michael Rosen

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On July 15th 2014, 1,438 children broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Reading Lesson, celebrating 25 years of the classic picture book We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Here’s a video of record breaking lesson!

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Don’t miss this Saturday’s Guardian with a special children’s book supplement

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Just to let you know: This Saturday (June 28) The Guardian newspaper is being published with a special children’s book supplement featuring picture book reviews from Plymouth Children’s Book Group (amongst others) and information about the Federation!

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Klassen in your classroom!

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Canadian author and illustrator Jon Klassen (‘I Want My Hat Back’, ‘This is Not My Hat’ and ‘The Dark’ amongst others) is coming to Authors Live to tell you some of his best and most mischievous stories! Jon will also give viewers an insight into how he creates his stunning artwork for his award-winning picture […]

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Win a family ticket to see stage adaptation of The Elephantom By Ross Collins

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Ross Collins’ wonderful picture book ‘The Elephantom’ (which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal) has been turned into a theatre piece by the same puppeteers behind the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’ and at the end of this month it opens at the New London Theatre (Drury Lane, London). We’re delighted that we’ve […]

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Celebrating Non-Fiction for Children and Young People – FCBG plans for the future

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Last month the National Executive agreed to a change in the way in which the FCBG celebrates non-fiction for children and young people. From this year instead of focussing on a single day, we shall be celebrating ‘National Non-Fiction November’, hoping to emulate the success of National Share-a-Story Month. In other words we are encouraging […]

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Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens

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Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens is one of many books being published this year as part of the commemorations of the start of First World War. This novel, ideal for children 10+, is inspired by the real life story of Valentine Joe Strudwick, one of the youngest Tommies to die on the Western Front of […]

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Watch out! Jonathan Meres could be beaming into your school!

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Jonathan Meres will be celebrating the publication of the sixth title in his hilarious World of Norm series – May Need Rebooting – with a free virtual event streamed into your classroom on Thursday 05 June 2014 at 10:30am GMT. Ideal for for KS2! And… the first 500 schools to sign up by 31 May […]

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Magic Breakfast Book Clubs

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Today’s post is a little different: I recently came across Magic Breakfast Book Clubs, a brilliant project giving free breakfasts and books to kids at schools and so I asked Give A Book, the charity which is donating the books to the scheme, to tell us a little more about it. “Give a Book is […]

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Readaxation? Free stress relief? Prove it! By Nicola Morgan

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For many children and young people this time of year is one full of stress – whether its SATS, GSCEs or A levels, at exam time it can be tricky to relax. So today I’m really delighted to have a post all about the link between reading for pleasure and relaxation from Nicola Morgan, author […]

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