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Voting opens for 2018 Readers Awards

12/10/2018

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Voting for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards - the only book awards curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers - is now open, with shortlisted books including Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend and Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean.

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Big Book Giveaway

12/10/2018

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Bestselling author James Patterson is partnering with Scholastic Book Clubs to give away over 50,000 of books to schools, starting with a 25,000 giveaway this autumn. Closing date is 31 October.

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Christmas Storytellers online show

12/10/2018

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Puffin will beam The Christmas Storytellers' Show live into classrooms on 7th December at 2pm, with a dazzling line-up of authors including Philip Pullman and Robin Stevens.

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Return to the world of Cogheart!

11/10/2018

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We were thrilled to see a new Cogheart adventure that takes us back to a world of clockwork people and animals, airships and mystery! We spoke with author PETER BUNZL to find out more about SKYCIRCUS!

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Young people who read are happier!

27/09/2018

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Readers know that books and stories can help you escape from your real-life problems, but new research has shown that young people who read are happier than those who don't.

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Great School Libraries campaign launches

20/09/2018

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The Great School Libraries launches today with the aim of securing funding for school libraries and encouraging Ofsted to recognise school libraries in its school reports.

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Can your school help judge the Blue Peter Book Awards?

19/09/2018

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Schools can apply to be one of the judging schools for the Blue Peter Awards 2019. Schools have until 5pm on 12th October to apply online, via the link below.

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My Name is Not Refugee wins illustration award

13/09/2018

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The winner of the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children's book illustration is Kate Milner for her picture book, My Name is not Refugee (Barrington Stoke). Victoria Semykina is awarded Highly Commended for her illustrations for The Real Boat (Templar).

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