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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Growing Up a Reader: A Guest Blog from Steve Antony

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For the publication of Tim Minchin’s and Steve Antony’s book, When I Grow Up, inspired by the song from the musical Matilda, we invited illustrator and author Steve Antony to share some thoughts with us. A much-loved author and illustrator, Steve Antony kindly agreed to write on the theme, ‘growing up a reader’ – something […]

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A Guest Post from Prue Goodwin: The O’Brien Press

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We are lucky in the British Isles to have a thriving children’s publishing industry. So plentiful is the annual trawl for award-winning children’s titles published in the UK, that we may forget to look across the sea to Ireland. The O’Brien Press, based in Dublin, has been producing excellent books for children for over forty […]

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Through the Eyes of Me: A Guest Post from Jon Roberts

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Through the eyes of me was written to capture our beautiful daughter’s development after being diagnosed with autism at the age of three.  After the initial shock of Kya’s diagnosis, and our worries of what this all means to her future had sunk in, we sought advice from professionals to see how we could help make […]

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Winning the Klaus Flugge Prize: One Year On. A Guest Post from Nicholas John Frith

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So I’m told you’d like to hear a little about the Klaus Flugge Prize and what difference winning the (inaugural) prize with my book Hector and Hummingbird has made to me? Okay, well, the short answer is, both a good fair bit, and also none at all.  Winning the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, as I […]

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Molly Mischief Q&A and Resources

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Molly Mischief (Pavilion Children’s Books) is the new creation from Mr Men author and illustrator, Adam Hargreaves. Molly is a little cheeky. In the first book in the series, Molly wants a new pet. But finding the right type is going to be tricky…and mischief ensures when Molly, inspired by a trip to the zoo, […]

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Hearing Poetry: A Guest Blog from Rachel Rooney

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From the heartbeat heard in the womb, the bedtime lullaby sung to soothe us and the nursery rhyme chanted to amuse and entertain, we are innately programmed to tune into the rhythms and cadences around us. And in doing so, we lay down solid foundations for both language and literacy development. Poetry is a form […]

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The Philippa Pearce Lecture 2017

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This Friday 8th September Chris Riddell will be giving the Philippa Pearce Lecture in Cambridge. His chosen theme is ‘The Age of the Beautiful Book’, and in this golden era of children’s literature, he is certainly on topic. As we know, Chris Riddell was not only the prior Children’s Laureate, but has also illustrated over […]

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Being an Agent, and a Debut Author: A Guest Post from Chloe Seager

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People often ask me whether being an agent has helped with becoming/being an author, and my answer is usually a vague, unhelpful ‘yes and no,’ so I was really pleased when I was asked to write about this topic. Hopefully, I can give a little more insight here than I can when drunkenly garbling at […]

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