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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 Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) has named Gill Lewis winner of this year’s Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Radical Fiction for her book, Scarlet Ibis, which raises awareness of the care system, mental health issues and the challenges facing young carers. Lewis was shortlisted last year for her book Moon Bear.
The School Library Association has announced the short list for the 2015 Information Book Award. The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.
The shortlist for the 2015 CLPE Children’s Poetry Award has been announced. Run by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and established in 2003, it is the only award in the UK for published children’s poetry.
The shortlist for the 2015 Little Rebel’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction has been announced. Eight books are shortlisted this year including two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes.
PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), the Cape Town based organisation that has worked to promote reading and literature for children and young people in South Africa since 1992, has been awarded the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Observer Magazine Art Director Rob Biddulph has been named as the overall winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, with his book Blown Away. It is only the second picture book to win the Prize. For the first time since the Prize was split into three categories in 2012, all the winners are debuts.