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Where Once We Stood

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The 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moonGuest Post by Christopher Riley From the moment I first saw artist Martin Impey’s paintings of the Apollo astronauts in 2009, I dreamed of finding a way to collaborate with him on a book. I loved how his artwork brought a new dimension to the […]

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The long and winding road… to becoming a children’s book author/illustrator

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Guest Post by Daniel Gray-Barnett When I finished high-school, I had a big dilemma. Science vs Art. The problem was that I really enjoyed and was good at both, but which to follow as a career? I was ignorant and didn’t know that there were viable careers in the arts (other than being an art […]

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Little Rebels Children’s Book Award Winner 2019 Announced

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The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Radical Fiction is Catherine Johnson for her book, Freedom (Scholastic 2018). The winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2019 was announced at an event held in the CLPE (Centre for Literacy […]

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Waterstones New Children’s Laureate Annouced

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On Tuesday 9th July Cressida Cowell, the international bestselling author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series and the author of the Emily Brown picture books was crowned the Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2019–2021. Cowell was presented with the iconic silver Laureate medal by the outgoing Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, at a ceremony […]

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The Importance of Fostering Imagination in People

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Written by Juliette Forrest I’ve just finished as Writer in Residence at a primary school in Glasgow. I was there to assist a P7 class with their stories and encourage a culture of reading. The very first thing I wanted the children to know was that the room was a safe space where all thoughts […]

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The Characters Of Dragon Daughter

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Written by Liz Flanagan When I do school visits, I often get asked, ‘How do you come up with your characters?’ I would love to say Milla was like me. In fact, I wish I was more like her! She’s cheerful, practical, loyal, has great ideas and is very resilient. However, in that first scene, […]

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SLA School Librarian of the Year Award

Giving school library staff the recognition they deserve The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.  This year Ros Harding at The King’s […]

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The Branford Boase Award

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The winner of the 2019 Branford Boase Award for outstanding debut novel for children is Muhammad Khan for his YA novel I Am Thunder.  I Am Thunder chronicles the radicalisation of a young Muslim girl growing up in London, the choices she is presented with, and how she develops the confidence to make her own […]

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Interview with Anne Duvoisin, granddaughter of Roger and Louise Duvoisin

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How did Roger and Louise (aka Loulou) meet, and what made them leave Europe to live in America in the late 1920s? Both of my grandparents were born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland.  My grandfather met my grandmother when they were both painting ceramics in a factory in  Geneva. Along with friends, they moved to […]

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Wicked Young Writers Award

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THE 2019 WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, presented in association with the National Literacy Trust, last Thursday (20 June 2019) announced its winners during a ceremony involving 120 shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical WICKED. Amongst this year’s finalist entries were stories, poems and non-fiction […]

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