Books for Keeps 148 - the children's book magazine online
Digital version – browse, print or download
Receive the latest news & reviews direct to your inbox!
BfK No. 148 - September 2004
Cover Story This issue's cover illustration is from Martin Jenkins' retelling of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Chris Riddell is interviewed by Joanna Carey. Thanks to Walker Books for their help with this September cover.
Practising a 'deadly difficult, quadruple, headfirst flip', the Great Elastic Marvel (five times World Trampolining Champion) misses his trampoline and plunges out of a high storey window. Absorbed in a TV cartoon, his son Felix does not notice...
In the 1980s in the USA Paddock's sister was sent to a private rehabilitation centre for young drug users. This facility misapplied philosophies borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous and mixed them with extreme forms of peer group pressure including...
Sarah Garland has won the first Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Azzi in Between, which tells the story of a family forced to fell their homeland and settle in a strange and unfamiliar country. The book is based on the author’s own experience of working among refugee families and is endorsed by Amnesty International.
The shortlist for the 2013 Branford Boase Award has been announced. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
The 2013 CLPE Poetry Award has been won by George Szirtes for In the Land of the Giants, illustrated by Helen Szirtes (Salt Publishing). Szirtes was presented with the award by last year’s winner Rachel Rooney at a ceremony at CLPE on the evening of Tuesday 30 April.
The winners of the 2013 English 4 – 11 Picture Book Awards have been announced. Established in 1995, the awards are presented annually to the best picture books of the previous year, in four categories, Fiction 4 – 7 and 7 – 11 years, and Non-Fiction 4 – 7 and 7 – 11 years.
From a 15 strong shortlist, the winners are:
Fiction 4 – 7 years
Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press)
The nominees for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award have been announced.
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children's books. Awarded every other year by IBBY, the award recognizes lifelong achievement and is given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature.
For the 2014 Awards 29 authors and 31 illustrators have been nominated from 34 countries. They are:
The shortlist has been announced for The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, a new award for radical children’s fiction.
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises fiction for ages 0-12 which promotes or celebrates social justice and equality. It is awarded by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and administered by Letterbox Library. Wendy Cooling, Bookstart co-founder & editor and author Elizabeth Laird are both judges.
The School Library Association has announce the shortlist for the 2013 prize. The Information Book Award is an annual event, in its third year its aim is to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.
The judges - a panel of experienced librarians, SLA board members and a member of Peters Bookselling Services - have produced what they describe as ‘a strong and very varied selection of titles for the shortlist’. These are