As well as the regular celebration of some of the best current publishing for children and young adults, this year’s conference will be focusing on writing that reflects the wider world, including great books in translation. Joy Court and Daniel Hahn will be discussing A World of Books in Translation, the latest (and very timely) title in the School Library Association’s Riveting Reads series. They plan to highlight some of their favourite titles from the list, all of which will be on sale in the conference book shop.
Other recent SLA publications of interest are Amazing Apps for Primary Schools by Bev Humphrey who is one of the conference workshop leaders; and Graphic Novels: for the 8-16 Age Range by Paul Register, founder of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award. Annotated lists like these provide invaluable guides and help to broaden the ‘reading’ horizons of even the most well-read (but busy) librarians and teachers. Conference delegates will be able visit the SLA stand to find out about their full range of publications.
It is also well documented that books can open windows on the world beyond the everyday experiences of young readers and help to develop their knowledge, understanding and empathy. Books also challenge stereotypes and preconceived ideas. And for this reason, another of the exhibiting publishers at the conference is very aptly named Rock the Boat. Launched as an imprint of Oneworld Publications in 2014, this relatively new publisher draws books from America, Australia and the UK which ‘entertain, challenge and enlighten’, and aims to ‘bring the best from around the world to readers’ and not be ‘shy of pushing boundaries and breaking out of traditional ideas.’
Look out for Birdy Flynn by debut author Helen Donohoe and later in the year, The Circus by Olivia Levez, author of The Island. Rock the Boat’s list also includes beautiful new editions of classic titles by recently departed author Richard Adams.
The Publishers’ Exhibition will be open from 4.30pm, Friday 7th April – 4.30pm, Saturday 8th April. Booking for weekend and day delegates is open until Friday 10th March.