Book Island: On Publishing Up

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by Greet Pauwelijn  E.B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Web, once said: ‘Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth…’ At publishing house Book Island, we aim […]

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CLiPPA Shortlisted Sue Hardy-Dawson

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The CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2018 shortlist was announced in April. This year’s shortlist celebrates and highlights the diversity of voices in the UK poetry scene, from debut collections, such as Sue Hardy-Dawson’s Where Do Zebra’s Go to legendary John Agard’s The Rainmaker Danced. Here, Sue Hardy-Dawson shares her delight on being shortlisted.  It […]

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Children’s Book Award Results and Report

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Saturday 9th June saw the Union Jack Club in London buzzing with excitement as authors, children, friends and members of the FCBG came to celebrate the Children’s Book Award ceremony 2018. Sadly four of our shortlisted authors were in far corners of the globe and so were unable to attend but it was wonderful to […]

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50th Anniversary Celebration of FCBG in London

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by Julia Miller (Exec and Lincolnshire CBG) Thriving imaginations, nurtured through a love of storytelling, are vital for children’s development. A flourishing imagination fosters resilience and empathy, it encourages children to soar beyond the every day and helps them to reach for possibilities. This was one of the key messages of Anne Wood’s speech on […]

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Children’s Book Award History

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by Julia Miller (Lincolnshire CBG and Exec) “Special beyond words” – so one of the Overall Winners described the Children’s Book Award, one of the Federation’s significant national initiatives that was developed in the early days. In 1980, Pat Thomson, creator of the Children’s Book Award (CBA), said: ‘The Federation only exists to bring children […]

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Empathy Day with Kate Milner

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by Kate Milner I was once asked what I consider to be the most important human quality. My answer was: imagination. I did not mean the sort of wild and wonderful imagination a writer uses to come up with new stories and characters, though I certainly value that too. I meant the ordinary, everyday imagination […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Bringing Children and Books Together

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by Chris Routh (Reading CBG) Over two years ago, we began to explore how our group could mark the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. As the University of Reading is the home of a Special Collection of Children’s Books, we had the idea for a joint exhibition; and after a couple […]

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World Environment Day: The Global Plastic Problem and How To Help

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On Tuesday 5 June, it’s ‘World Environment Day’ – the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the planet. This year’s theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and focuses on how we can reduce plastic waste. This article explains where plastic comes from, how its production and use damages […]

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New Zealand publishing and current trends in children’s books

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Gecko Press, based in Wellington, is an oddity in New Zealand children’s publishing. While we take enormous pride in being part of the fabric of New Zealand publishing, we purposefully stand outside local and even international trends, selecting books we think are curiously good, that children and adults will want to read hundreds of times. […]

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The Stuff of Future Legends

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by Marcia Williams I was put off myths and legends at a young age when I was taught that they came under the forbidding heading of ‘Classics’.   When I was at school, Greek myths were presented alongside black and white images of classical Greek statues, fig leaves and all.  Probably unintentionally these exciting, funny, naughty […]

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