A Rich Legacy: 50 years of Resources

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  by Karen Hellewell (National Executive Committee member) From the early days, the mission of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups has been supported by various resources, many with the children’s voices at the centre – chosen by children, or by children in conjunction with adults, for children. This blog reveals this rich legacy of […]

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Children’s Book Circle Eleanor Farjeon Award and Patrick Hardy Lecture 2018

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by Jayne Gould 28th November at the St Bride Foundation, London This year’s award ceremony and lecture was held in the historic and very apposite surroundings of the St Bride Museum, dedicated to the history of printing. The Eleanor Farjeon Award, established in honour of the writer and poet following her death in 1965, recognises an […]

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Unicorn Girl: A Different Way of Doing Things

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by Anne-Marie Conway I was on my third glass of prosecco at an end-of-year event when I was approached by Lucy, the head teacher of my son’s school. ‘We’re going to start fundraising for our new school library,’ she said. ‘And we’d love you to get involved.’ The original plan was for me to say […]

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Three Laureates: The Festival of Children’s Literature

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by Emma Carpendale, (Secretary, Northamptonshire CBG) The Festival of Children’s Literature was the first FCBG event I’d ever been to, both as a committee member of a local group, and as a member of the public. I’m Secretary of Northamptonshire Children’s Book Group, we formed in the summer of 2018 and are currently planning our […]

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Coming Across the Elephant – a publisher discovers a book

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by Mikka Haugaard, director of Everything with Words Publishing is fun, exciting and scary. You have to be willing to sift through a lot to find something special— and no one has perfect judgement. There’s an element of taste and chance. You don’t have to be long in publishing to know that there are beautiful […]

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Writing and illustrating WELCOME TO OUR WORLD

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The author Moira Butterfield and illustrator Harriet Lynas are the team behind WELCOME TO OUR WORLD: A Celebration of Children Everywhere, published by Nosy Crow. They have been thinking about what it takes to create a non-fiction book for a younger age-group. How did the book begin? Moira: I began Welcome to Our World because […]

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A New Magazine that makes Sense of the Universe

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by Dan Green Science+Nature is an exciting new monthly magazine designed to unlock the fascinating world of STEM subjects for all curious kids. We kicked off in September and we’re currently working on the Christmas issue. Conceiving the idea for the new magazine couldn’t have been easier. Readers of The Week Junior consistently report that […]

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Q&A with MG Leonard

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M G Leonard, the author of the best-selling Beetle Boy series, has also written a companion guide Beetle Boy: The Beetle Collector’s Handbook (Scholastic, 2018), which is designed to provide the facts behind the stories. We are delighted that M G kindly agreed to answer our questions about this beautifully illustrated non-fiction title: When did […]

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101 Small Ways to Change the World

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by Simon Hoskins Lonely Planet Kids is supporting National Non-Fiction November with our new book: 101 Small Ways to Change the World. This fun and practical guide is packed with good deeds and thoughtful, kind-hearted activities to help make the world a better place.   In this blog post, we’ve pulled out eight ideas from […]

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b small’s Commitment to Language Publishing

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by Sam Hutchinson, b small Publisher In a country full of people whose idea of speaking a foreign language is to shout slowly in English, you might think there isn’t a huge market for foreign language learning books for kids. And you’d be right! So why have we published in this area for nearly 30 […]

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