CLiPPA: Celebrating Poetry for Young People

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The fantastic child-centred award ceremony for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award (known as CLIPPA), took place in the spacious Olivier Theatre on Friday 14th July this year. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the event is a showcase for the best poetry anthologies for young people aged 0-12, involving enthusiastic performances by primary […]

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CITV Share-A-Story 2017: Finalists Announced!

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Over the past four weeks, CITV’s Share a Story 2017 judging panels have had a thrilling time reading every one of this year’s entries and have now announced this year’s finalists. The panels, made up of animators, TV professionals, authors, and representatives from FCBG, have been meeting across various locations to help draw up a […]

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Writing Chase: A Guest Post by Author Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is a renowned thriller writer for adults, but this year publishes his first book for children. Here he explains how it came about. The first question seems to be: Why a book for children? For nearly a decade and a half, I’ve been writing slightly more than one thriller per year for adult […]

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The CBA 2017 Video

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Written by Julia Miller, CBA Co-ordinator A ‘grim, harrowing page-turner of a book’: Michael Foreman shares with us some of his stunning illustrations and his thoughts about the ‘impressive’ choice of our testers for our Children’s Book Award Winner of 2017, An Eagle in the Snow, written by Michael Morpurgo. See his interview and the […]

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The Children’s Bookshow

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The Children’s Bookshow is an increasingly popular travelling festival that brings authors and schools together in a celebration of children’s literature. Last year over 11,000 children attended the events. The Children’s Bookshow 2017 tour details have just been announced and run from Friday 22nd September with Michael Rosen at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, to Friday […]

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A celebration of Chris Riddell’s journey as Children’s Laureate 2015- 2017

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At an event on Wednesday 28th June at Waterstones Piccadilly to toast the publication of Travels with My Sketchbook (the last book to be written by Chris Riddell as Children’s Laureate) the much-loved author/illustrator recounted seven of the golden moments from the past two years: One memorable meeting was with Tom Hiddleston when he shared […]

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The Demon Headmaster: Total Control

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OUP publishers are offering schools the opportunity to be first to hear Gillian Cross read from her much-awaited new book in the Demon Headmaster series, The Demon Headmaster: Total Control. The series was made into a successful TV series for the BBC in the 1990’s and the books sold over one million copies.  On Monday […]

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Comics and Falling in Love with Nobrow

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A guest blog by Matt Imrie Nobrow came into my life with all the subtlety of a punch to the stomach! I was peacefully minding my own business wandering through a bookshop when I stumbled over Nobrow 6 – one of their eponymous magazines. It is safe to say that it blew my mind, it […]

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The Wicked Young Writer Awards

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In more awards’ news, today came the announcement of the 2017 Wicked Young Writer Awards. It’s always lovely to see reading and writing intersect, and many of our young readers will want to show their talent at writing too. With new research from the National Literary Trust showing that children who write for pleasure achieve […]

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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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