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The Heartbreak Cafe returns on Valentine's Day

21/01/2021

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The hit eighties series Heartbreak Cafe will republish in print for the first time in 30 years this Valentine's day.

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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021

16/01/2021

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We're challenging children and young people aged 4-18 years to create a picture book on or around World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021! Author and illustrator Mini Grey (The Last Wolf, Traction Man) will judge this year's competition!

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Harry Potter Book Night moves to June

14/01/2021

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The annual Harry Potter Book Night, which usually takes place in February, will move to June this year, although publisher Bloomsbury will still provide free digital activities for teachers planning Harry Potter activities in February.

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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021

14/01/2021

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We're thrilled to announce that Mini Grey (The Last Wolf, Traction Man) will judge the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021, where we challenge children and young people aged 4-18 years to create a picture book on or around World Book Day.

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Costa 2021 children's winner

04/01/2021

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Natasha Farrant has won the Costa Children's Book Award with her 12th book, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, which the judges called 'pure heavenly escapism'. All the Costa category winners were announced this evening.

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Costa Book Awards shortlists announced

24/11/2020

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The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson; Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant; Wranglestone by Darren Charlton and The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff have been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

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Representation in Children's Books

11/11/2020

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Research into representation in children's books has found that there is still some way to go before books fully reflect society, with just 10% of children's books published in 2019 featuring characters of colour.

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Online storytimes

10/11/2020

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Publisher Andersen Press and the Seven Stories centre are collaborating on weekly digital storytimes to share on the centre's Facebook page, where stories will be read and available to share for free during the latest lockdown in England.

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I'm Thinking of a Farm Animal

Lucia Gaggiotti

I'm Thinking of a Farm Animal

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