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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The Importance of Fairy Tales, and Five Top Tips for Sharing Them

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A Guest Post for NSSM from Sophie Anderson I have always loved fairy tales. They burst with wonder and enchantment; and contain a wealth of information about the world. As a child, I enjoyed them as short, fun stories, but they also made me think deeply about life and what it means to be human. […]

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Good Literature for Children – A Mission

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by Eloise Greenfield Why is it important to see positive portrayals in literature of black culture and family life? The simple answer is because the positive aspects exist. As with all other cultures and races, there are various ways of life, some positive, some negative. The problem is that, in portrayals of black life in […]

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Translating Non-Fiction from Russia

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by Sam Hutchinson, Publisher, b small publishing Our book, How Does A Lighthouse Work? by Roman Belyaev, was published this March to rave reviews. Books for Topics named it one of their March ‘Books of the Month’ and one reading consultant predicated it would ‘sweep the awards’. Cross your fingers for us! The book started […]

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Children’s Book Award – Blog tour round-up

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What a couple of months we have had since we first announced the top ten shortlisted books in this year’s FCBG Children’s Book Award. An enormous thanks must go to the utterly brilliant bloggers who have pulled out all the stops to make the blog tour such a success. Also thank you to all the […]

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