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BfK No. 142 - September 2003
Cover Story This issue's cover illustration is from David Almond's The Fire Eaters. Cover photograph is by Getty Images. David Almond is interviewed by Peter Hollindale. Thanks to Hodder Children's Books for their help with this September cover.
Sumptuously produced, this landscape format picture book begins with endpapers in a soft green. We graduate to dusty pink and then to cream as we reach the title page and onwards, Voake's scratchily expressive pen illustrations with hints of wash...
After a long journey from Rome with their mother Claudia, Marcus and Telemachus rejoin their father Gaius, the commander of a fort on Hadrian's wall. The local tribe, the Brigante, appears to be friendly but the feelings of the conquered are not...
The International Board on Books for Young People, UK section (IBBY UK) has announced the three British children’s books that it is nominating for the prestigious 2014 IBBY international Honour List. The nominations highlight the lives of today’s young asylum seekers and are:
The countdown to the announcement of the winners of the children’s book prizes ‘authors really want to win’ begins today. CILIP have revealed the list of books that have been nominated for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.
All categories of books for young children are eligible for the awards, and nominations are made not by publishers but by members of CILIP – this accounts for the length and welcome variety of books on the nominations list.
Books about yetis, weasels, geeks and losers are all on the shortlist for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which celebrates the funniest books for children.
Six books have been selected for each of two categories, Children aged Six and Under and Children aged Seven to Fourteen. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, on Tuesday 10 December.
The countdown to the announcement of the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction prize is underway. The winner will be announced this evening, Wednesday 23 October, in a ceremony in the Guardian’s London office.
Four authors are in the running for the prize: two Americans; one of the UK’s most respected authors; and a rising star in children’s books.
Julia Donaldson, Eoin Colfer and Jeanne Willis are some of the favourite authors shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children themselves.
The nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award2014 were announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday 10 October. The list includes 238 candidates from 68 countries. Of this year’s candidates, 54 are first-time nominees.
On School Libraries Celebrations Day, Monday 7th October, two librarians were named SLA School Librarian of the Year at a celebration in London, on 7th October. Candy Gourlay, author of the award-wining Tall Story and The Shine