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BfK No. 180 - January 2010
Cover Story This issue’s cover illustration is from Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. Cressida Cowell is interviewed by Clive Barnes. Thanks to Hodder Children’s Books for their help with this January cover.
This small format picture book takes the form of a graphic novel. Red Ted has been left behind on the train and is taken to lost property where he is placed on a shelf beside Crocodile. After initial despair Red Ted is determined to be reunited...
A palette of Autumnal browns and greys characterises the exquisite collage forest landscapes in this stylish pop-up version of the Grimms’ tale. Leaves, branches, the wolf’s fur, grandmother’s cottage are all rendered in warm sepia tones and rich...
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.
James Dawson has beaten John Green to be crowned the first ever male Queen of Teen. Dawson was announced as the winner of the award at a ceremony on Friday 11th July 2014 surrounded by fans, invited journalists and five out of nine of the other shortlisted authors: Cathy Cassidy, Beth Reekles, Natasha Farrant, Holly Smale, Cassandra Clare, S.C.
C. J. (Chelsey) Flood and her editor Venetia Gosling have won the 2014 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Infinite Sky published by Simon & Schuster.
Author and editor were presented with their awards by former Children’s Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE at a ceremony at Walker Books.
Walker Books and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are celebrating 25 years of We're Going On A Bear Hunt by attempting to break a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Reading Lesson, to raise money for Read for RNIB Day: At 10am on Tuesday 15July 2014 Walker Books will host a giant reading lesson starring Michael Rosen.
Booktrust have announced the winners of the first ever Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle from a party-style awards ceremony in central London, attended by authors and some 300 children who had taken part in the judging. The event is part of Children’s Book Week 2014.
12,000 schoolchildren nationwide voted, selecting the winners in six different categories.
Kevin Brooks and Jon Klassen have been announced as the winners of the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the awards that authors and illustrators say that they ‘most want to win’. Brooks was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for The Bunker Diary, a fictional diary of a kidnapped boy held hostage in a bunker.
The SHOUTWEST! Festival of creative writing for children has taken place at Brunel University where, for three days, students from 10 Hillingdon schools joined 20 children’s authors to explore creating stories - from the initial spark, playing with words to bring ideas alive and create rich meaning, to thinking about plot and character and even body language, explored through drama.