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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021

25/11/2020

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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 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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Information Book Award winner

06/11/2020

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Africa, Amazing Africa by Atinuke and illustrated by Mouni Feddag (Walker Books) is the overall winner of the School Library Association Information Book Award 2020.

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Carnegie & Greenaway nominations announced

02/11/2020

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Nominations have been published for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, with 152 books nominated for the 2021 Medals.

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Create a Comic with Gary Northfield

22/10/2020

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We were thrilled to have some 900 children join us for a Create a Comic workshop with Gary Northfield, creator of the Julius Zebra books. If you weren't able to join us, you can still catch up with Gary's comic strip workshop online.

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Astrid Lindgren nominations announced

21/10/2020

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Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake, David Almond, Juno Dawson, Malorie Blackman and Emily Gravett are among the UK authors and illustrators nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2021,the world's largest children's literature award (worth over USD 500k).

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Book of the week

Meet the Twitches

Hayley Scott

Meet the Twitches

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

Meet the Author


In this stunning illustrated version of JK Rowling's QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES, illustrator EMILY GRAVETT brings to life the history of the sport, from its medieval inception through to the modern day version that occupies so much of Harry Potter's time

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