The healing power of Nature

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By Sarah Ann Juckes A powerful blog post from Sarah Ann Juckes about her book, The Hunt for the Nightingale, “a love letter to the natural world”. Beautifully written! Thank you Sarah for this piece! The natural world holds beautiful, wondrous things that can teach us all about kindness, love and joy. It can also […]

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FCBG Asks Tom Palmer

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Our FCBG Asks feature is a great way for us to catch up with an author or illustrator from the world of children’s books. This month we were lucky enough to catch up with Tom Palmer. Tom will be attending our Annual Conference later this year and we are looking forward to seeing him there! […]

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On Writing a Portal Fantasy for Early Readers

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by Candy Gourlay Candy Gourlay’s new book Mike Falls Up takes the beginning reader through a portal to the other side of the world. We were fascinated by Candy’s post about writing for such a young audience. It is an excellent read! When I visit schools, I like to show children a picture of the […]

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Making Poetry Fun by Roger Stevens

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A brilliant blog post from poet Roger Stevens about developing a love of poetry and maintaining that love into adulthood! Children love poetry, why don’t adults? A truly interesting read! There were three questions relating to poetry on Pointless last night. Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman spent a couple of minutes discussing how their generation […]

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The Spots and The Dots by Helen Baugh

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We are so pleased to share this fantastic blog post sharing some insight into the amazing book, The Spots and the Dots by author Helen Baugh! I haven’t written many books, but The Spots and the Dots means the most to me by far. The book is unusual, in that it has two covers and […]

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Q&A with Katherine Webber

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The Revelry published on the 6th of January with much fanfare and anticipation. We are so excited to share a Q&A with Katherine Webber. It begs the question, How do you “friend”? Thank you to Katherine and Walker Books for this interview! The Revelry has an incredibly powerful message about friendship. Were you inspired by […]

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Q&A with Jack Noel

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Comic Classics is an excellent, accessible way to bring the Classics to a younger audience. Jack Noel kindly took the time to answer our questions and we think his replies, as well as his books, are brilliant! How did you get your start in children’s books and publishing? At the very start of my career […]

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Worlds within Worlds by Amy Sparkes

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The Tower at the End of Time is the sequel to The House at the Edge of Magic, and from Amy’s blog post, you can truly sense her enthusiasm for writing. This is a delightful post to read. One of my favourite things about The House at The Edge Of Magic series is creating the […]

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From the Windowsill to the Bookshelf by Lesley Parr

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A wonderfully honest piece from Lesley Parr about the beginnings of her becoming an author. When I was a child, I often sat on my bedroom windowsill writing stories and poems. As a teen, I wrote many letters but, as I got older, life took over and the writing got a bit…lost. But, in 2011, […]

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Fossil Research by Amy Raphael

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A brilliant blog post from author Amy Raphael about researching fossils for her latest novel, The Ship of Cloud and Stars. When I started to write my second middle-grade novel, The Ship of Cloud and Stars, I had a vague notion of the story I hoped to tell. There would be a 12-year-old girl who […]

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