A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories

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by Angela McAllister In early 2017 I was at an award ceremony with my editor, Jenny Broom from Quarto, when she asked whether I’d like to write a collection of stories from Shakespeare. I didn’t need to think twice; what a gift, the opportunity to plunge into some of the greatest works written in the […]

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Droning On

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by Andy Briggs As a children’s author, I travel across the country between schools like a literary hobo, hoping to inspire children into reading more and maybe, just maybe, actually reading one of my own books. When I started out I went to see other authors, stole tips and hints and prepared myself. The most […]

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Celebrate 10 Years of International Dot Day

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The 15th-ish of September is International Dot Day.  It all started ten years ago, when a teacher and his students in Iowa celebrated the themes of creativity and courage in Peter H. Reynolds’s The Dot. Now, every 15-ish September, more than 10 million teachers, librarians, and children in 170 countries participate in International Dot Day, […]

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Why We Imbibe Lessons From the Stories We Read at a Young Age

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by Naomi Howarth The meanings of stories can far outlast the ritual of bedtime and lights out. When the bedside lamp is switched off, and the door closed, stories can linger like fireflies and nestle comfortably in our memories – the generosity of the Rainbow Fish, the inner strength of the gentle BFG, the reckless […]

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3000 Chairs

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The #3000 Chairs campaign first started in 2016 when author Nicola Davies wanted to highlight the plight of unaccompanied child refugees attempting to settle in the UK. Nicola subsequently wrote a poem about the situation these children found themselves in which has now been published by Walker Books as a picture book called The Day […]

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The FCBG contribution to children’s literature studies

by Professor Kimberley Reynolds, Newcastle University I became professionally involved with the FCBG in the 1980s, when I was a mother of very young children and a doctoral student at the University of Sussex. I was lucky enough to be advised by Nicholas Tucker, who advised me to get involved with the Lewes branch to widen […]

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What is Authorfy?

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by Mel Taylor-Bessent Last year, I launched a campaign called the ‘Literacy Revolution’. With a bold title, backing from the entire children’s publishing industry and the aim of changing the way children interacted with books and authors forever, I knew the project would have to be very special if I was truly going to revolutionise […]

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A Collaborative Story About Inclusion

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Northampton High School joined in with NSSM by telling us about a fascinating e-twinning project they were part of involving pupils from six European countries who joined together to write a collaborative story about inclusion.  Languages teacher Alicia Diez, describes the project – At Northampton High School, we have taken Inclusion into the next level […]

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Target-Aim-Fire

by Ali Sparkes Be honest. There’s a boy in your crosshairs. You want to shoot him right through the heart. With your favourite book. But he’s a gamer. What hope is there..? RBRs. Reluctant Boy Readers; the NEMESIS of any librarian, author, parent or mentor. There he sits; jiggling up and down with unspent tension, […]

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‘Celebrating 50 years of bringing children & books together’ in Reading

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by Chris Routh (Executive Chair) Over the last three months Reading Children’s Book Group has organised three special events to coincide with an exhibition at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), which we co-curated with the University of Reading’s Special Collections. Clucktastic Chicken Quiz  The launch event was designed to be part of our […]

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