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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 longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Tuesday 27th January 2015). The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
Books for Keeps is saddened to hear of the death of Gene Kemp. Best known for The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler, which won both the Other Award and the Carnegie Medal, she wrote over 30 books for children. A full obituary appears in issue 210.
Six books are on the 2015 shortlist for The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. Awarded biennially since 1996, the Award was initiated by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University and founded by the Marsh Christian Trust to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English.
A new World Book Day Award launches today, Friday 9January 2015, offering schools the chance to win money to spend on books for their libraries. Bestselling author and philanthropist James Patterson has donated £50,000 to fund the prize over two years.
Kate Saunders has won the 2014 Costa Children’s Book Award for her novel Five Children on the Western Front, a moving sequel to E Nesbit’s Five Children and It, which transplants the main characters into the trenches of World War I.
For each Window into Illustration feature, Books for Keeps asks an artist to choose one or two illustrations from one of their books and then to provide 500 words to explain their technique and, most importantly, to discuss the purpose and thinking behind the illustration, and the influences on style.
Each issue of Books for Keeps carries a variety of articles, regular features, interviews and one offs. Here are ten of the year’s most popular articles, a small selection of the wealth of subjects and topics covered.