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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...
Books for Keeps is saddened to hear of the death of Gene Kemp. Best known for The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler, which won both the Other Award and the Carnegie Medal, she wrote over 30 books for children. A full obituary will appear in our next issue.
Six books are on the 2015 shortlist for The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. Awarded biennially since 1996, the Award was initiated by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University and founded by the Marsh Christian Trust to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English.
A new World Book Day Award launches today, Friday 9January 2015, offering schools the chance to win money to spend on books for their libraries. Bestselling author and philanthropist James Patterson has donated £50,000 to fund the prize over two years.
Kate Saunders has won the 2014 Costa Children’s Book Award for her novel Five Children on the Western Front, a moving sequel to E Nesbit’s Five Children and It, which transplants the main characters into the trenches of World War I.
For each Window into Illustration feature, Books for Keeps asks an artist to choose one or two illustrations from one of their books and then to provide 500 words to explain their technique and, most importantly, to discuss the purpose and thinking behind the illustration, and the influences on style.
Each issue of Books for Keeps carries a variety of articles, regular features, interviews and one offs. Here are ten of the year’s most popular articles, a small selection of the wealth of subjects and topics covered.
The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 3rd year. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers, Letterbox Library.