Wild Cities by Ben Lerwill and Harriet Hobday

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When an opportunity comes along to chat with an author or illustrator about their work, we always say yes and their answers to our questions are amazing everytime. Ben Lerwill and Harriet Hobday have created an enticing book aptly named Wild Cities. Opening the book will take readers around the world, visiting the wildlife that […]

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Loving Non-Fiction

Guest Post by Marcia Williams The final blog for this year’s National Non-Fiction November has been written by award- winning author/illustrator Marcia Williams, who looks back at the non-fiction books she loved as a child and considers the role of non-fiction for young readers in the future.   I think my passion for writing non-fiction goes […]

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123 Seriously Smart Things You Need to Know about the Climate

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This new book from Thames & Hudson was originally written in Dutch by Belgian author Matilda Masters, translated by English translator Lorna Dale and illustrated by Louize Perdieus. In this blog Mathilda introduces herself, her writing and the inspiration behind her latest the book. Who am I? What kind of work do I do? How […]

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7 Things I Learned from writing “Generation Hope”

by Kimberlie Hamilton I wrote Generation Hope (Scholastic) as a call to arms for young activists. It covers all sorts of timely issues – including climate change, mental health, animal welfare, pollution and homelessness – and features dozens of change-agents around the world, ranging in age from 7 to 19 years old. I learn a […]

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Darwin’s Rival

NNFN coordinator, Chris Routh recently had the opportunity to interview non-fiction author Christiane Dorion about her latest book Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution illustrated by Harry Tennant and published by Walker Books. Can you tell us about yourself and how you came to be a writer of books for children? […]

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100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet

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How could plastic-eating bacteria help reduce waste? Could we generate all the power we need from the sun and wind? Would building a giant sunshade in space stop the world from overheating? Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers, the Usborne Fact Force are the go-to people to ask for top tips on saving […]

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Of Course, I’m Biased

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by Steve Cole Here’s a confession. I rarely read contemporary fiction. As a professional novel editor as well as a writer, it’s an instinct to make changes in the margin as I go – which is as frustrating as it is pointless. So, my reading material tends to be nonfiction. Not a studying of dry facts, […]

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The Tale of a Toothbrush

by M.G.Leonard One of this year’s National Non-Fiction November competitions is inspired by The Tale of a Toothbrush: A Story of Plastic in Our Oceans written by M G Leonard and illustrated by Daniel Rieley. NNFN’s coordinator, Chris Routh, was given the opportunity to ask the book’s creators a few questions about its inspiration, development […]

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Judging the 2020 School Library Association Information Book Award

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Charlotte Taylor-Smith is the senior librarian at Colston’s School in Bristol. This year she joined the panel of judges for the SLA Information Book Award and accepted our invitation to write about her experience to coincide with the announcement of the award winners. As I recommend books for all ages from 3 years old to […]

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The Magic of Reality

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Non-fiction author and publisher Christopher Lloyd explains why non-fiction matters today more than ever Over the last 15 years I must have given more than 1,000 lectures in different schools and I can’t tell you the number of times the librarian or teacher who has kindly invited me has told me, with gleeful smile, that […]

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