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That Library Feeling

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Guest Post by Chris Riddell I got to the Millennium Library in Norwich early. For some inexplicable reason, the trains from Liverpool Street were running on time – no points failure at Bishops Stortford, slow running stopping service in front, or even leaves on the line. So I arrived at this magnificent public library with […]

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Writing ‘Rise Up – Ordinary Kid with Extraordinary Stories’

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Guest Post by Amanda Li Being a non-fiction author for kids is a fantastic job and I often remind myself how lucky I am. Every day is different and I’m always learning something new about the world as I sit at my desk, tapping away, trying to think up imaginative and new ways to present […]

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Tin Boy

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Guest Q&A with Steve Cole. The unforgettable new story from Steve Cole Tin Boy is published on 15th September and to celebrate it’s publication from Barrington Stoke we asked Steve questions about where he got inspiration for the book and a variety of other questions. 1. Describe your book in 5 words.‘Miracles need people to […]

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Klaus Flugge Prize 2019

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Judges former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne and 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Kate Milner make the announcement Jessica Love was announced winner of the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize on Wednesday 11th September. Set up in honour of veteran publisher, founder of Andersen Press Klaus Flugge, the prize is for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture […]

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The Time of Green Magic

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Guest Q&A with Hilary McKay Hilary Mckay’s latest title The Time of Green Magic published on the 5th September and we at FCBG were keen to discuss Hilary’s amazing new title with her, and talk all things book related. We are delighted to share the questions we put to Hilary with you, alongside a fantastic […]

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The Golden Acorn

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Guest Post by Katy Hudson The Golden Acorn was inspired by an inquisitive squirrel that lives in my back garden. Every morning she would scurry along the full length of the fence, absently dig up the soil in my recently potted plants, have a sudden epiphany and move onto the next pot before scampering off […]

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The Folklore that inspired The Girl Who Speaks Bear

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Guest Post by Sophie Anderson In my debut novel, The House with Chicken Legs, I reimagined the Russian folklore character of Baba Yaga. For my second book, I wanted to reimagine another character from Russian folklore, but I wasn’t sure which one.  Russian folklore is brimming with fascinating, vivid characters. Should I reimagine Koschei the […]

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National Non-Fiction November 2019

Post by Chris Routh National Non-Fiction November is one of four national initiatives organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. This year’s theme is Transport and Travel Around the World. Having a theme provides a focus and a hook to hang related events & activities from, but every year the main aim is to […]

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The Stories That Shape Us

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Guest post by Hollie Hughes Back when my first book was published, I could easily foresee a future where my work as a children’s author would take me into schools.  What I could not have guessed was, just over a year later, my work would begin to take me into prisons too. One of the […]

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Reading Aloud Or ‘How to Become a Classicist’

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Guest post by Dr Steven Kershaw It was a joyous moment. I’m a Classicist, a person who spends his life in the world of dead languages and the people who don’t speak them anymore, when, out of the blue, a fantastic opportunity came my way. Wide Eyed Editions, who produce utterly gorgeous children’s books, invited […]

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