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Astrid Lindgren nominations announced

21/10/2020

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Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake, David Almond, Juno Dawson, Malorie Blackman and Emily Gravett are among the UK authors and illustrators nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2021,the world's largest children's literature award (worth over USD 500k).

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Book Chat launches

15/10/2020

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The Open University (OU) is launching Book Chat: Reading with your Child, comprising films and support materials to help parents, families and carers read books to children.

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Theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2021

15/10/2020

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Diagon Alley is the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2021, which will run for its seventh year, on Thursday 4th February 2021.

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D-Day Dog wins the Children's Book Award 2020

13/10/2020

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D-Day Dog, written by Tom Palmer and published by Barrington Stoke, is the Overall Winner of the CBA for 2020, after also winning the Confident Readers category.

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Reading is Magic Festival

12/10/2020

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Events from the children's digital book festival, Reading is Magic, can now be watched online, with best-selling authors and illustrators including Cressida Cowell, Robin Stevens, Steven Camden, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jasbinder Bilan, Sharna Jackson, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

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CLiPPA 2020 winner announced

09/10/2020

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Cherry Moon, a collection of nature poems published by ZaZaKids Books/ Troika Books and illustrated by Junli Song has won the CLiPPA2020 poetry award, managed by CLPE.

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Author Alex Wheatle's childhood on film

08/10/2020

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Award Winning Director Steve McQueen is recreating the childhood of Alex Wheatle as part of a series of films for BBC, Small Axe, which premiers on 15th November. The Alex Wheatle episode will air on Sunday 6th December.

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CLiPPA 2020 poetry shortlist announced

01/10/2020

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The shortlist for the 2020 CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award) has been announced. The schools' shadowing scheme will launch when the overall winner is announced on 9th October.

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