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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...
Earlier this year, Hodder Children’s Books launched a digital only list, featuring top works of speculative fiction. Called Hodder Silver, the list now features 21 books, by authors such as Jean Ure, Jan Mark and Adele Geras.
The 2014 honour list has been announced for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award. The School Library Association launched the award in 2005 to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.
A new UK project will aim to identify some of the very best children’s books from around the world and bring them to the attention of UK audiences. Books will be selected based on their ability to engage ALL children, including those with additional needs.
The project is the brainchild of Outside In World, the UK organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring children’s literature from around the world, particularly books in translation.
Tony Mitton has won the 2014 CLPE Poetry Award for his book Wayland, illustrated by John Lawrence and published by David Fickling Books. Mitton, who has been shortlisted for the award twice before, joins a group of highly regarded previous winners including Jackie Kay, John Agard, George Szirtes and Rachel Rooney.
James Dawson has beaten John Green to be crowned the first ever male Queen of Teen. Dawson was announced as the winner of the award at a ceremony on Friday 11th July 2014 surrounded by fans, invited journalists and five out of nine of the other shortlisted authors: Cathy Cassidy, Beth Reekles, Natasha Farrant, Holly Smale, Cassandra Clare, S.C.
C. J. (Chelsey) Flood and her editor Venetia Gosling have won the 2014 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Infinite Sky published by Simon & Schuster.
Author and editor were presented with their awards by former Children’s Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE at a ceremony at Walker Books.
Walker Books and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are celebrating 25 years of We're Going On A Bear Hunt by attempting to break a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Reading Lesson, to raise money for Read for RNIB Day: At 10am on Tuesday 15July 2014 Walker Books will host a giant reading lesson starring Michael Rosen.
Booktrust have announced the winners of the first ever Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle from a party-style awards ceremony in central London, attended by authors and some 300 children who had taken part in the judging. The event is part of Children’s Book Week 2014.
12,000 schoolchildren nationwide voted, selecting the winners in six different categories.