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A taste of what's happening around the country.


Latest trends in children's publishing

18/04/2018

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Children's sales have remained steady during 2017 but low literacy levels, the continued closures of public libraries and a steep decline in parents reading to their children are all expected to impact on children's reading.

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Picture book shortlist

14/04/2018

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The English Association has announced the shortlist for the 2018 English 4-11 Best Picture Book Awards with a strong showing for non-fiction illustrated books as well as more traditional picture books.

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Teachers choose their favourite books

26/03/2018

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The shortlist for the UKLA Book Awards has been announced. This is the only award judged by teachers, and it highlights books for children aged three to 16 years that "enhance all aspects of literacy learning".

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Waterstone's Children's Book Prize winner

22/03/2018

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The winner of the 2018 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize has been announced with Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give (Walker Books) winning the Older Fiction and Overall Winner awards.

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Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists announced

15/03/2018

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Patrick Ness is up for a hat-trick for the Carnegie Medal with other shortlisted authors for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals - announced today - including Geraldine McCaughrean, Angie Thomas, Levi Penfold and Teckentrup.

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Scottish school is 'Literacy school of the year'

09/03/2018

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A primary school in Renfrewshire where all teachers attend a month children's book club and most have studied children's literature to masters level has won the UKLA's Literacy school of the year award.

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Books in translation shortlisted

09/03/2018

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The shortlist for the In Other Words award, which recognises outstanding books for children in translation, has been announced and includes eight stories with settings ranging from Iceland to Switzerland.

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Wizards of Once wins Blue Peter Book Award

01/03/2018

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Cressida Cowell's book about wizards, warriors and magic has won the Blue Peter Book Award 2018 for the Best Story. The winners are announced today, World Book Day, and will be featured in a special Blue Peter programme tonight.

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