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Branford Boase Award

29/01/2020

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We’re announcing the longlist for the Branford Boase Award,Awarded to the author of the outstanding debut novel for children the award has had an extraordinary impact.The BBA winners and shortlisted authors list reads like a who’s who of contemporary children’s literature: Patrick Ness, Frances Hardinge, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Siobhan Dowd and recently M G Leonard, Jason Wallace and Annabel Pitcher to name but a few.

This year’s longlist includes Costa winner Jasbinder Bilan and demonstrates the exciting breadth of talent in contemporary children’s books.

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ReadingZone Festival 2020 line-up

29/01/2020

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Next month ReadingZone will be visiting schools across Surrey for this year's ReadingZone Festival, with a fantastic line-up of author events!

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Finish this story

24/01/2020

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Aged under 19? Enjoy writing longer stories of up to 1,000 words? Then why not enter the 2020 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition?

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WICKED Young Writers Awards

11/01/2020

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Young writers aged 5-25 years have until 2nd March to submit stories of up to 750 words for the Wicked Young Writers Awards, and to enter the non-fiction award For Good.

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500 Words 2020

11/01/2020

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The BBC's 500 Words 2020 writing competition for children aged 5-13 years opens for entries on 16th January and will run through to 27th February.

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2020 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

11/01/2020

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, which runs alongside the Branford Boase Award, is now open to anyone aged under 19. Closing date is Friday 24th April.

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Booktrust Storytime Prize

23/11/2019

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Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett has won the 'BookTrust Storytime Prize', a new award to celebrate the best books for sharing with babies and children aged 0-5. It is run in partnership with the Youth Library Group.

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Elmer helps raise thousands for charity

16/11/2019

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The auction of hundreds of hand painted 'Elmer elephants' around the country has helped to raise £765,000 for Hospice Charities.

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Book of the week

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

~ Babies & Toddlers
~ Pre School
~ Early Readers
~ Confident Readers
~ Young Adult

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THE BOOKWORM by DEBBIE GLIORI is a gorgeous treat of a story about a boy, Max, and his search for the perfect pet. When Max finds a baby worm that seems to be 'just right', little does he know what the worm will grow up into...

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