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Branford Boase longlist announced

03/02/2019

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The longlist for the 2019 Branford Boase Award has been announced. The award celebrates debut children's authors and their editors and is now in its 20th year.

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Author & Illustrator Masterclasses for World Book Day

25/01/2019

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World Book Day has created a series of creative, interactive 'masterclasses' for children aged five to 12 years to help inspire them to read, write and illustrate!

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2019 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

25/01/2019

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Young people aged up to 19 years are invited to complete a story begun by author Mitch Johnson, whose novel Kick won last year's Branford Boase competition.

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A new Shadower's Choice Award for Carnegie Medal announced!

21/01/2019

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A new award will be joining the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal this year, the Shadowers' Choice Award, which will be announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2019. The new award will be voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals.

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Harry Potter Book Night Kit Sign-up

09/01/2019

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Schools and Harry Potter enthusiasts planning to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night (Thursday 7th February) can register for a downloadable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event kit.

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Reigate & Banstead Writes Competition

09/01/2019

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Budding authors in Reigate and Banstead are invited to enter the Reigate and Banstead Writes competition, managed by the local Warwick School and open to children aged ten to 14 years.

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The Skylarks' War wins the Costa children's award

07/01/2019

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The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay (Macmillan Children's Books), a novel about growing up, lost love and the impact of war away from the battlefields, has won the Costa Children's Book Award and is now up against four other writers for the overall Costa award.

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ReadingZone Festival 2019

07/01/2019

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We are thrilled to announce our line-up for the ReadingZone Festival 2019, when we will be taking bestselling authors to meet 4,000 children at schools in Surrey during a full week of events in February.

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