Celebrating A Golden Age for Books in Translation?

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by Joy Court FCBG has chosen a marvellous theme for their National Share-a- Story Month- Celebrating a World of Stories, and books in translation absolutely have to be a big part of that. To quote translator Daniel Hahn: ‘Books in translation’ can sound like a rather niche interest, can’t it? But try thinking about it […]

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Klaus Flugge Prize Shortlist And Giveaway

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Last night the shortlist for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize was revealed by Lauren Child, the current Children’s Laureate, at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross. Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and a key figure in children’s picture books, this important new award, now in its third year, […]

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Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester

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How a piece of chocolate overcame the language barrier to friendship.  Never underestimate the power of chocolate!  Do You Speak Chocolate? is about two Year 7 girls who are determined to become friends even though they don’t speak the same language. One of the girls, Nadima, is a newly arrived Kurdish speaking refugee from Syria. […]

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OCBG 25th Birthday Party

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Last Saturday at the Story museum in Oxford, the OCBG committee turned up wearing silver, to celebrate the Oxford Children’s Book Group’s 25th anniversary. There was also a lot of gold to mark the FCGB’s 50th, so we had a ‘double whammy’ and twice-as-blingy reason to party! There were all the ingredients needed for a […]

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Sharing Children’s Books in Translation

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a literary translator who brings books into English that were originally written in Arabic, German or Russian. Here she talks to FCBG about translating Yulia Yakovleva’s The Raven’s Children and Kathrin Rohmann’s Apple Cake and Baklava, two children’s novels (9+) that touch on traumatic events in history from a child’s perspective. […]

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The Story of a Tiny Owl

by Dalaram Ghanimifard I came to the UK with my family in 2010 to start my PhD studies is sociology. The first months of our immigration were difficult. Even before we came here, I worried about every simple thing, like where we were going to live, children’s school, the weather, money, and the different language […]

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NSSM History

With National Share-A-Story Month fast approaching, we thought it would be inspiring to review how an initiative conceived in 1976 as a celebration of the essential magic of the human contact between reader and listener, storyteller and audience, has taken on a life of its own.  Hundreds of thousands of children within and beyond the […]

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Announcement of the Shortlist for 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize

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The shortlist for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced live at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road on the evening of Wednesday 16 May. Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of […]

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How Being An Assistant School Librarian Has Changed My Writing

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A guest blog by Sue Wallman I’ve been an assistant librarian in a state secondary school for fifteen months. My previous background was in magazine journalism. When I started the job in the library, my first young adult book, Lying About Last Summer, was already published, and my second, See How They Lie, was about […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Bringing Children and Books Together

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It was very fitting that Queenswood School in Hertfordshire was bathed in sunshine throughout the weekend of the 13th – 15th April 2018 for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Golden Anniversary Conference. The annual conference is always an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues – and this year was particularly special as […]

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