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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...
David Almond has won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2015 for his book A Song for Ella Grey. It’s a case of sixth time lucky for Almond, who was shortlisted for the Prize in 2013, 2011, 2006, 2003 and 2000.
Five books are on the shortlist for the 2015 Educational Writers’ Award, the only UK award for educational writing. Described as outstanding examples of non-fiction books which broaden the horizons of readers aged 5-11 years, as they cover topics as varied as animal food chains, the intricacies of maths, the First World War, the vastness of space and our own wide world.
The 2015 Award focused on books for 5-11 year olds, published in 2013 and 2014 and the shortlist is:
Researcher, doctor, writer and broadcaster, Robert Winston has won the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for a third time with Utterly Amazing Science.Winston also won the prize in 2012 with Science Experiments and 2005 with What makes me me?
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is now open for submissions. The Little Rebels Award recognises children’s fiction which promotes social justice and social equality.
Jan Pieńkowski has produced a beautiful and timely design for this year’s IBBY UK Christmas card. Entitled I Saw Three Ships, his illustration marries the traditional carol with Jan’s own experience as a refugee coming to the UK after the Second World War.
The shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016 has been announced. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham - who were shortlisted last year - and debut author Kim Slater.
The South Ken Kids Festival returns to the Institut français this November for a week of live workshops, drawing events, talks and films. From the 16th to the 22nd of November children’s authors and illustrators from both side of the Channel will be taking part in special events.