Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award
The Award for 1991 went to Harvey Angell by Diana Hendry, published by Julia MacRae (1 85681061 5) at. £7.99. It’s good to see recognition of a title for children in the 8-12 age range, with a strong plot, a read-aloud rhythm and larger than life-size characters (especially Harvey Angell himself). Why it’s actually a book for children! Congratulations to the Whitbread Committee … not to mention Diana Hendry.
The Pan Macmillan School Library Award 1992
The 1992 search is on for the best school library – and it could be yours! Enter NOW and you could win first prize of £5,000 worth of books of your choice from the Pan Macmillan children’s list which includes authors such as Jill Murphy, Graham Oakley, Terence Blacker, Mary Wesley, Rumer Godden, Charles Keeping and many more. In addition there are four ‘runner-up’ prizes of £500 worth of books for each category winner.
There’s a full account of the 1990 Award in BfK No.64 (Sept 90) and an entry form for 1992 was enclosed with our last issue including all the information you need to get going on this year’s entry.
The closing date is 30 April 1992 and if you have any queries contact Anne Sarrag at The Pan Macmillan School Library Award, Pan Macmillan Children’s Books, Cavaye Place, London SW10 9PG (tel: 071373 6070).
From Camden Leisure Services in conjunction with Morley Books … a full-colour booklet describing ways in which parents can help children learn to read. Lively, beautifully produced and above all accessible, it brings much needed flair to a well-tried formula … with a Bengali translation also available. For a copy, enclose £1.99 (which includes postage and packing) to Morley Books, Elmfield Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 OX1 or phone 0532 538811.
Seven to Nine
From Buckinghamshire County Library Service … a list of stories for that crucial stage ‘in between picture books and novels’. And well-judged they are, too – with sharp comment and full publication details. Available at £3.50 from Michael Ryan, County Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 1UU or phone Aylesbury (0296) 383206.
From the School Library Association … Keith Barker’s affectionate analysis of the books of one of the most popular living writers for children. Aimed at teachers and librarians especially – with suggestions for book-based topic work – the clear and spritely text may also be enjoyed by Dick’s older child readers. Price £5.50 (plus 60p postage and packing) from SLA, Liden Library, Barrington Close, Liden, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6HF