Judging the SLA Information Book Award

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by Jayne Gould As well as being the secretary of Ipswich Children’s Book Group, I am also a primary school librarian, and was a children’s bookseller during the 1980’s. Over the past 30 years, there have been huge changes in the development and publishing of information books.  When I started at the bookshop, from what […]

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Lots: a Competition and a Guest Blog by Nicola Davies

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by Nicola Davies What’s the most important thing on Earth, the thing that we simply couldn’t live without? (all those shouting ‘Great British Bake Off’ go to the bottom of the class) Is it water? Is it air? Is it food? Well, it’s true that we couldn’t live without those things, but what I have […]

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Welcome to National Non-Fiction November 2017: The World Around Us

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During the next 30 days we will be celebrating the wealth of beautiful information books available, and the joys of reading non-fiction for pleasure. This year we hope that some of the books encountered by young readers will encourage them to take a closer look at the world around them, to read and find out […]

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Chronicle Books: A History and Top 5s

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Longtime competitors in the US market, Chronicle Books, and New York–based publisher Abrams teamed up in 2010 to expand sales in the United Kingdom and Europe. The idea was to pool resources in order to better penetrate the illustrated book market in Europe and beyond, with English-language titles, particularly in key categories such as lifestyle, […]

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What is it about Vikings? by Lari Don

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I often ask, when I visit schools: “Who likes Vikings? Who wants to hear a Viking story?” And hands shoot up into the air. Kids love Vikings! Why? Why, unlike all the other invaders and traders who came to these shores, do Vikings get that enthusiastic welcome? I doubt I’d get the same reaction if […]

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Publishing Malala, A Guest Blog from Anna Barnes, PRH

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When I meet people for the first time and tell them that I am a picture book editor, I always get a small shiver of pride. I am so lucky to have a job that I love, that is a lot of fun, and that is important, to boot. As children’s publishers, we have a […]

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From Adult to Young Adult: A Guest Blog from CL Taylor

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An Insight into the Writing Process  I’m often asked whether I found it difficult, transitioning from writing adult psychological thrillers to writing young adult thrillers. The short – and possibly irritating–  answer is no!  When I started plotting The Treatment I approached it in the same way as one of my adult books – by […]

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Dinosaurs: A precursor to Non-Fiction November

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Aren’t the best stories always the ones you don’t even need to make up? When it comes to telling stories that engage and excite children, what could be more exciting than the history of the world and life on our planet? A mad English King who married six wives and created a new religion in […]

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Nevermoor: Q&A with Jessica Townsend

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This October, a fantastical and much-anticipated debut novel bursts onto the scene: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, (published by Hachette). Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, […]

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Em Lynas’ Top Five Witches: A guest blog

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The FCBG is delighted to host author Em Lynas on the blog today, celebrating the publication of her debut novel for children, You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School, illustrated by Jamie Littler (Nosy Crow). Staring Daisy Wart, a reluctant trainee witch, who’d much rather be acting Bottom on stage than learning how to […]

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