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Make a Picture Book Competition

14/02/2019

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The ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2019 has now launched! We are inviting those aged four to 18 years to create their own picture book, with author and illustrator Steven Lenton (illus of Dinosaurs Don't Draw and The Nothing to See Here Hotel) choosing the winners!

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Awards announced for the funniest books for children

14/02/2019

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The winners of the Laugh Out Loud Awards ('The Lollies') have been announced - with Tom Gates, a chocolate bunny and a bonkers diary of a pig among the books that made children laugh out loud!

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Laura Bates introduces The Burning at Foyles

07/02/2019

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Laura Bates, author and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, will be at Foyles on Tuesday 19th February, 6.30pm-7.30pm, talking about her new YA novel, The Burning, which tackles gender equality and social media.

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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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