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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 shortlist for the 2016 Branford Boase Award has been announced. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children and also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
The shortlist for the SLA Information Book Award has been announced.
Commenting on the standard of entry this year, Chair of the Judges Chris Brown said 'Each year the task gets more
difficult for the judging panel simply because year on year we seem to
be receiving more and more brilliant books. The long-lists featured
terrific Information Books and this 2016 shortlist highlights the very
best out of many superb titles and each book can be very highly
Author Meg Rosoff has been awarded the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is highly prestigious and has cash prize of SEK 5 million making it the largest international children's and young adult literature award in the world.
David Solomons has been named overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 for his novel My Brother is a Superhero. He was announced winner by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell at a ceremony at Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly bookshop in London.
The shortlists for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. The two lists are dominated by familiar names with no less than four authors - Anthony Browne, Patrick Ness, Helen Oxenbury and Chris Riddell - all in with a chance of taking home a third Medal, unprecedented in the awards’ history.