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Cover storyOur cover illustration this issue is by Tomie de Paola from The Night Before Christmas (Oxford University Press). See Seasonal Stories (page 28).
News and comment from the Editor.
Six pages of books for giving chosen some of our regular reviewers and contributors.
For Jan Needle Treasure Island has always been a very special book, one which he returns to often. Here he makes us a present of his thoughts about why it fascinates him and why he believes it has much to teach us about writing for children.
Robert Crowther talks to Pat Triggs.
Willie Rushton, cartoonist, illustrator, writer, actor and all-round humourist, writes about getting involved with children and books.
Jan Pienkowski interviewed by Pat Triggs.
Shirley Bushdescribes how she got going.
News of the Other Award and the Whitbread Award for Children's Books.
A traditional message in a novel form from Jane Walmsley.
The winners of the Lloyds Bank competition for Children's Book Week.
News of books on television.
Neville Kirby on choosing books to celebrate a Christian festival.
Chris Powling considers three books which encourage children to `put on a play' in the light of developing views on the role of drama in education.
Suggestions for additions to your Christmas storytime.
Tony Bradman meets Laurent de Brunhoff and talks about his association with the famous elephant.
News about what's happening in the children's book world.