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Take part in the SLAMbassadors Showcase!

21/07/2018

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Teams, schools and individuals aged 13 - 25 are all invited to apply to take part in the SLAMbassadors Showcase on Sunday 18th November in London. The deadline for applications is 31st August.

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"Alarming" lack of BAME characters in children's books

17/07/2018

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Just 4% of the children's books published in the UK in 2017 featured black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) characters according to a new study into ethnic representation in children's literature. The study, Reflecting Realities, conducted by CLPE, concluded that every ethnic minority in the UK is significantly under-represented in children's literature.

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UKLA Book Award winners

07/07/2018

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Teachers have chosen the winning books in the UKLA Book Awards, which focuses on children's books that 'enhance all aspects of literacy learning'. Books by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan, Elizabeth Laird, Martin Brown and Morag Hood are among the winners.

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Mitch Johnson on writing his debut, Kick

05/07/2018

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Kick - the debut novel that has just scooped the Branford Boase Award 2018 - began life with the discovery of a piece of rubbish in a shoebox. In this blog, author Mitch Johnson tells us how his award-winning novel Kick (Usborne) came about:

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Kick wins Branford Boase Award

05/07/2018

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A timely story set in a football boot factory with a socially-charged focus, Kick by Mitch Johnson, has won this year's Branford Boase Award for debut writers and their editors, Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker of Usborne.

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Walking through walls...

27/06/2018

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Where would you go and what would you do if you suddenly discovered you could walk through walls? EMMA FISCHEL's new novel, WALLS, explores what one boy does when he discovers his new 'superpower'!

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Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize

27/06/2018

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Children aged 7-12 years can enter the Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize 2018, whose theme is 'Unlikely Friendship'. The competition is open until 14 September and there are some fabulous prizes.

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Tickets on sale for Children's Bookshow

25/06/2018

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The schedule for the Children's Bookshow 2018 national tour has been announced and schools can now book tickets for the shows with authors including Michael Rosen, Satoshi Kitamura, Neal Layton, Alexis Deacon (pictured) and poet Rachel Rooney.

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Book of the week

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Missing Masterpiece

Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Missing Masterpiece

~ Babies & Toddlers
~ Pre School
~ Early Readers
~ Confident Readers
~ Young Adult

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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the duo behind hilarious picture books Supertato and Barry the Fish with Fingers, tell us about their latest creation, CAKE!

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