The Importance of Fairy Tales, and Five Top Tips for Sharing Them

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A Guest Post for NSSM from Sophie Anderson I have always loved fairy tales. They burst with wonder and enchantment; and contain a wealth of information about the world. As a child, I enjoyed them as short, fun stories, but they also made me think deeply about life and what it means to be human. […]

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Good Literature for Children – A Mission

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by Eloise Greenfield Why is it important to see positive portrayals in literature of black culture and family life? The simple answer is because the positive aspects exist. As with all other cultures and races, there are various ways of life, some positive, some negative. The problem is that, in portrayals of black life in […]

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Translating Non-Fiction from Russia

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by Sam Hutchinson, Publisher, b small publishing Our book, How Does A Lighthouse Work? by Roman Belyaev, was published this March to rave reviews. Books for Topics named it one of their March ‘Books of the Month’ and one reading consultant predicated it would ‘sweep the awards’. Cross your fingers for us! The book started […]

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Children’s Book Award – Blog tour round-up

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What a couple of months we have had since we first announced the top ten shortlisted books in this year’s FCBG Children’s Book Award. An enormous thanks must go to the utterly brilliant bloggers who have pulled out all the stops to make the blog tour such a success. Also thank you to all the […]

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Children’s Book Award Books for Older Readers Blog Tour Round-up

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The blog posts to highlight the three books in the ‘older reader’ category have all been amazing thanks to the brilliant bloggers who agreed to help celebrate the top 10 this year. You can take a look at any you might have missed by visiting childrensbookaward.org.uk for links to all three blogs.  Here is a […]

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Twelve Nights: A Glossary

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Kay’s father is working late – as usual. Fed up, her mother bundles her daughters into the car and drives to her husband’s Cambridge college to collect him herself. When they arrive, the staff claim that nobody by his name has ever worked there… That night, Kay is woken by voices at her window: the […]

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UKLA shortlists chosen by classroom teachers

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After an intense session involving teachers from Cardiff and surrounding areas, the shortlists for the UK Literacy Association Book Awards 2018 were announced last week. The awards seek to celebrate children’s books in order to: encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children’s books promote the place of […]

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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

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In just four years, Barnes Children’s Literature Festival (BCLF) has become London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival. Festival founder and director Amanda Brettargh attributes this success not just to innovative programming but also to the transformative effect that books and storytelling have on us all, regardless of age or ability. The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival […]

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The Great Birmingham CBG Book Swap

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Saturday 17th March 2018 As one of the oldest Children’s Book Groups – we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2019- we wanted to celebrate the Federation’s Anniversary in some way. We decided to participate in a local event where we could have the opportunity to talk about the group and the Federation. Over the […]

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Children’s Book Award Books for Younger Readers Blog Tour Round-up

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We’ve been so lucky to have three fantastic bloggers to help us celebrate the shortlisted books in the younger reader category this year. You can take a look at any you might have missed by visiting www.childrensbookaward.org.uk for links to all three blogs.  Here is a round-up of what they had to say.   The […]

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