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A taste of what's happening around the country.


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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Hip Hop artist wins poetry award

24/06/2018

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Hip Hop artist and debut poet Karl Nova has won the CLiPPA 2018 children's poetry award, while the Rising Stars poetry collection is highly commended.


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Where the World Ends wins Carnegie Medal

20/06/2018

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Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal for her powerful novel, Where the World Ends (Usborne Books) while Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith wins the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of Joanne Schwartz's Town Is by the Sea (Walker Books).

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