An Interview with Francesca Sanna

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An incredibly exciting children’s book awards season continues after our own CBA awards, with the CKG17 awards announced yesterday, 19th June. The Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to Francesca Sanna for her debut, The Journey, a picture book depicting a family fleeing their war-torn country in search of refuge, and we […]

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CBA Award Ceremony : The Children Report

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On Saturday 10 June, a small group of Kesteven & Grantham Girls‘ School students travelled up to London with Mrs Day (School Librarian) and Mrs Sanderson (Chair of the Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group), to attend the Childrens Book Award Ceremony 2017. We had won our place on the trip by reading the shortlisted books and […]

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Bloomsbury and National Book Tokens launch poll to find favourite HARRY POTTER character

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As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury Publishing and National Book Tokens have launched a huge search to find the nation’s favourite character from the Harry Potter books. Voting takes place on the National Book Tokens website.  The poll closes at 11am on Friday 23rd June and the most […]

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Join Anthony Horowitz Live

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Walker Books have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust and Facebook to celebrate the release of Anthony Horowitz’s 11th Alex Rider book, Never Say Die, with an exciting live event and teaching resource for schools. Anthony Horowitz Live will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 14.00-15.00 BST and will be broadcast in […]

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And the winner is

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We are delighted to announce the winners of the Children’s Book Award 2017, a national award chosen and voted for entirely by children.  The winner is Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman’s An Eagle in the Snow. Congratulations. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman are named overall winners of The Children’s Book Award 2017. […]

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Brian Alderson and Seven Stories

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Brian Alderson, respected author, editor and critic, and the former children’s books editor of The Times (1967-1996) is donating his extraordinary collection of children’s books to Newcastle University and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books.  The collection, believed to be the largest privately-owned collection of children’s literature in the UK, is made up […]

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The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017

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The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) is one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators. The FCBG is delighted to hear the news that IBBY UK and The International Centre for the Picture Book in Society based at Worcester University (ICPBS) have announced a collaboration to select UK illustrators for the award.  BIB is […]

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Looking Back at a Full Month of NSSM

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NSSM has been great fun this May with many youngsters engaging with the theme of celebrating the power of pictures and stories.  Many Federation Book Groups, as well as schools, libraries, families and community groups, have organised events and festivals, sharing stories on riverbanks and in nursing homes, community centres and conservatories.  The Wild life […]

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Wordless Picture Books

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The delight of wordless picture books is that they can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age, reading ability or first language. At the simplest level they can tell a story in a sequence of images which might stimulate youngsters to point at and name familiar things, or encourage toddlers to talk about what they […]

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Picture a Story – An author’s story about letting go

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by Anna McQuinn from Alanna Books One of the hardest things you do, as a writer, is to hand over your story to be illustrated by someone else. Likely you’ve been working on it for months and already have a picture of the story in your head. Likely you have a very definite idea of […]

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