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Is your book group looking for another children’s book award to be involved with?

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Each year the Royal Society awards a prize to the best book that communicates science to young people. The prize, the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the best science writing for the under-14s. All of the entries for the 2014 prize have now […]

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Why a scrapbook? Marcia Williams on pushing the boundaries of book formats

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Many wonderful new books for children and young people are being published this year as part of the commemoration of 100 years since the start of the First World War. But some authors and illustrators, including Marcia Williams, were ahead of the curve. Back in 2007 Walker books published Marcia’s Archie’s War. It went on […]

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Anthony Horowitz to be Live-Streamed into schools for the 1st time

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On Monday 16 June, Anthony Horowitz ‒ creator of the bestselling Alex Rider series as well as the mastermind behind Midsomer Murders ‒ will be live-streamed into schools in an event with Walker Books, in association with National Literacy Trust. The event, hosted by TV presenter Barney Harwood will see Anthony discuss Russian Roulette, the […]

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Happy Memories of Conference 2014 part 3

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Anne Cassidy Ian Beck Sarah Crossan Justin Somper Lauren Child Mick Inkpen Guy Parker-Rees James Mayhew Alex Milway As I think these photos have shown, conference this year was really a great deal of fun! Don’t forget that next year, the dates are April 10-12. We’re really looking forward to being hosted by Barrowby and […]

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Happy memories of Conference 2014 Part 2

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Lyn Gardner Cate Cain Damian Kelleher Damian Dibben Juliian Sedgwick Abie Longstaff Stewart Ross Megan Rix Justin Somper, Ruta Sepetys, Ros Bartlett Once again, thanks to David Bartlett for taking this lovely photos. One last lot to go up on the blog tomorrow!

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Happy memories of Conference 2014 Part 1

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The Publishers’ Hall A surprise visitor Cressida Cowell Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre A sea of Seawigs! Meg Rosoff Helen Oxenbury Anthony Browne Many thanks to David Bartlett for these great photos from this weekend’s conference. More photos will be up on the blog on Monday and Tuesday.

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Hoo’s Kids Book Fest!

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A month today sees the third Hoo’s Kids Book Fest (11th May, 2014) at the magical Luton Hoo Walled Garden (just north of London). Authors and illustrators running sessions include Robert Muchamore, author of the bestselling Cherub series Richard and Judy Book Club winner Sophie McKenzie Jim Smith, author of the rib-tickling Barry Loser and […]

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A Silent Auction of jam-packed autograph book to raise funds for FCBG

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Over the past year we’ve been collecting autographs from authors and illustrators for children and young people in a lovely autograph book. The autograph book is now full and we are hosting a silent auction of it this weekend to raise funds for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. The autograph book contains signatures from […]

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A report by two Year 6 children on this year’s Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony

Two Year 6 pupils from Rye St Anthony’s School were among the many children who attended this year’s Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony. They had such a great time that they went back to their school and did an assembly about their experience. Here is their report – I’m sure you’ll agree it give […]

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An interview with Ruta Sepetys

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Ruta Sepetys is the Gala Dinner speaker at our conference this coming weekend. She was born in America to a Lithuanian refugee (her father’s escape from Russian occupied Lithuania is what inspired her debut novel, Between Shades of Gray) and as a child she was convinced she was going to marry Roald Dahl. At college […]

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