Creating Toppsta

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Mum of two, Georgina Atwell, tells us why she created Toppsta – the UK’s largest online community reviewing children’s books – and her inspiration for the Toppsta Reading Record. We recently ran our first online book club on Twitter with the brilliant Adam Baron, author of Boy Underwater. Adam talked about how the story and […]

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Sign Here

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by Gabrielle Djangoly Ways in which we can encourage children to talk about and share their emotions, how this inspired Sign Here and where the inspiration came from. Aside from my tax return there are very few forms in adulthood that have (reliably) evoked any modicum of emotion. However, as a child, I was probably at my […]

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Nicola Davies visits NNFN competition winner’s school

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by Chris Routh To fit in with last year’s National Non-Fiction November’s ‘The World Around Us’ theme, our poster design competition was inspired by Lots (Walker), a beautiful picture book written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton. The winning entry was created by Thomas – then in Year 2 at Loddon Primary School in […]

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Changes: National Poetry Day

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by Matt Goodfellow I always enjoy the challenge of writing a poem for a particular theme, and as one of the National Poetry Day ambassadors, I know that every year there will be something new to write about for the celebrations that take place on National Poetry Day (Thursday 4th October). This year, the theme is […]

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Writing for Children is a Mammoth Task

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by Paola Peretti Clichés are to be avoided, simplicity recommended. I do believe, though, that gently nudging children in a natural way towards knowledge and understanding is a good thing. For this reason, I don’t purposely keep difficult words out of my writing. When readers encounter something they don’t understand, they can simply look it […]

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Three Laureates Event

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The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Festival of Children’s Literature to be held at the fantastic new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The day will include performances by three past Children’s Laureates: Julia Donaldson, with a guest appearance from the Gruffalo, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris […]

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Drawing the Characters

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by Claire Powell I grew up as an only child and reading was one of my favourite things to do. I was fortunate that my parents read to me every night and enjoyed it as much, if not more, than I did and I have vivid memories of being snuggled up in bed, with my […]

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Have you heard? September is #WorldKidLitMonth!

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by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp It’s started small, but there’s growing support for the #WorldKidLit hashtag on Twitter: a ground-roots campaign to raise the profile of global literature for kids. We’re celebrating books that take children beyond their own environment to experience different perspectives and cultures from beyond their shores. Two years ago, a small group […]

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Salariya/Stratford Literary Festival Children’s Book Prize 2019

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The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2019 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions. The competition, which launched in 2017, is open to unpublished writers and illustrators, with a prize value of £1000. The winner will receive career advice from a leading literary agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary […]

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SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2018

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The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. Four exciting and innovative librarians have made it onto to the Honour List for the […]

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