Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens

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The last in the CBA Books for Younger Children shortlist category, here Helen Stephens tell us about the making of Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger. Click to discover more about the Children’s Book Award. When I was a little girl, my dad was a small time rebel, not a robber like Bobby Grabbit, but a bit naughty, nonetheless. […]

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Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field

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Today, a guest blogpost on the Children’s Book Award from Kes Gray and Jim Field. They have been shortlisted for Oi Dog in the Books for Younger Children category, and here give a taster for their rhyming picture book series.           Kes Gray: I tend to leave the blogging to Jim, […]

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Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

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The second in our series of guest blogposts for the Children’s Book Award is from Benji Davies. He has been shortlisted for Grandad’s Island in the Books for Younger Children category, and here explains how he finds inspiration.  When I’m writing, ideas bubble up. As they surface, and without delay, I must grab hold of […]

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Chicken Nugget by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

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The first of our series of guest blogposts today highlighting our Top Ten Shortlist for the Children’s Book Award. Michelle Robinson has been shortlisted in the Books for Younger Children category for Chicken Nugget, and explains why she too sometimes feels like Chicken Nugget. For the first ten years of my life, I was the smallest […]

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A Guest Blogpost from CLPE

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At the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education we’ve just held a conference.  Curated by Farrah Serroukh and coming from the perspectives she has set out in her article about the importance of seeing oneself in literature, we decided we would use this conference to discuss how ‘British Values’ can be explored through children’s literature […]

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Science and Fiction: A guest post from author Christopher Edge

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Children are natural-born scientists, brimming with questions and an insatiable urge to find out more about the strange and wonderful universe around them. I’ve seen this first-hand as a parent, where the need to find answers to my son’s and daughter’s questions about life, the universe and everything, has led me to brilliant TV series […]

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Passing on Stories: A Guest Post from Alice Broadway, the author of Ink

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I’ve started to forget things. How many days did I pine for that boy after my first kiss? Did I send that email? Which sister put soap on my toothbrush when I was six? They don’t really matter, these lost memories. Most of them have been shunted to a hidden place in my brain to […]

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Publishers at the Write Around the World conference: Part 6

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In this, the last of our series about the publishers who will be at this year’s FCBG annual conference, we are revealing the full list of exhibitors, plus a selection of additional highlights. With so many publishers under one roof, we highly recommend that local teachers, librarians and children’s book enthusiasts consider joining us for […]

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Publishers at the Write Around the World conference: Part 5

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        There will be 15 publishers’ stands at this year’s annual conference in Reading. Several stands will be representing a range of publishers (Bounce, Hachette and Kid Gloves). This means that delegates attending on Friday and Saturday can be certain of getting a really good impression  of current publishing for children and […]

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Waiting for Callback Writing Competition

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                To celebrate the publication of Waiting for Callback: Take Two – the second title in the fun series from mother and daughter duo, Perdita and Honor Cargill, the publisher Simon & Schuster is launching a writing competition for ages 10-13 yrs and 14-16 yrs (judged in two […]

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