This issue’s cover illustration is from Elmer’s Little Library by David McKee. Thanks to Andersen Press for their help with this cover.

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Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

A video of illustrator Sarah Dennis using papercutting to create the cover for Animal Camouflage.

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Book of the week

Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Jane Hewitt and Cathy Cross

(Crown House Publishing)
144pp, INFORMATION BOOK, 978-1845909529, RRP £9.99, Paperback

Here is a truly exciting and comprehensive book about building all kinds of den. These authors think of a den as ‘a space where you and your friends can play and be creative’.

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Waiting for Callback (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Perdita Cargill and Honor Cargill
(Simon & Schuster Children's UK)

352pp, 978-1471144837, RRP £6.99, Paperback

The dialogue finds its high-tension comic voice at once and never relents; it’s somewhere on the sitcom/romcom spectrum with maybe a touch of Outnumbered or a scaled-down British version of Fame or Glee without the pretension.

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Never Evers (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
(Chicken House Ltd)

336pp, 978-1910002360, RRP £6.99, Paperback

School trips can provide memories to last a lifetime, and some of the defining moments of our teenage years. Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison capture all of that in their sweet and funny story of teenagers whose relationship develops, despite the requisite obstacles, on the ski and snow-board slopes of a school trip to France.

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Deep in the Woods (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Christopher Corr
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

32pp, 978-1847807267, RRP £11.99, Hardcover

This stunningly beautiful book is a twist on a Russian traditional folk tale, Teremok. With its red front door and nine neat windows, a small white house stands deep in the wood. Nobody lives in it until that is along comes a little mouse. Just the place for a home, he decides and sets about making it nice and clean.

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Lockwood and Co The Hollow Boy (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jonathan Stroud
(Corgi Childrens)

448pp, 978-0552573146, RRP £7.99, Paperback

Lockwood and Co. face their greatest challenge yet as Chelsea is engulfed in a plague of ghostly attacks. Can they cope?

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National Libraries Day logo

Today 6 February is National Libraries Day, a chance for us all to celebrate libraries and their vitally important role. Books for Keeps editor Ferelith Hordon, herself a librarian for many years, considers what libraries mean to us all.

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The longlist for the 2016 Branford Boase Award has been announced. In what chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare describes as ‘an extraordinary year for debuts’, 23 books have made it onto the longlist.

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The Lie Tree

For only the second time ever, a children’s book has been named winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award.

Frances Hardinge was announced the winner at a ceremony in London on 26 January for her novel The Lie Tree.

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Klaus Flugge by Tony Ross

Andersen Press have announced the foundation of a new award in children’s books: the Klaus Flugge Prize will be awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, and founder of Andersen Press.

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