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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 list of nominees for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) has been announced. The list includes 50 first-time nominees among a total of 197 candidates from 61 countries. The candidates – authors, illustrators, oral storytellers, and individuals and organisations involved in reading promotion work – have been nominated by over 100 organisations worldwide. The nominating bodies, with expertise in children’s and young adult literature, are allowed to nominate candidates from their own country or region and from other countries as well.
Liz Millett, Teaching Assistant/Library Co-ordinator at Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, has been named SLA School Librarian of the Year 2014 at a celebration in London on 6 October. Award-winning author and artist Chris Riddell presented her with the award.
Following the hit movie of the summer How to Train Your Dragon 2, joinCressida Cowell theauthor-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon book series for a brand new, never-been-seen-before FREE virtual event broadcast LIVE to your classroom on Thursday 2 October, 10.30am GMT.
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.