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Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020 Announced

On the evening of 16th September the announcement was made that Eva Eland has won the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book When Sadness Comes … Continue reading

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School Libraries – empathy factories for their communities

This week we mark Empathy Day created by Empathy Lab to build children’s empathy with the aid of high quality literature. Our world today has possibly never been in greater need of empathy. The organisers of this initiative have, despite the … Continue reading

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Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott – Book 1 of 20 Books of Summer 2020

Sometimes fiction makes difficult subjects accessible for children, sometimes it helps young readers understand people who are different to themselves and sometimes it encourages children to speak up about their own difficulties with increased confidence. This powerful collaboration between Libby … Continue reading

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Hope and Kindness for our Youngest Readers

This week two rather special picture books landed on my doormat. Their arrival was timely. On Monday some of our youngest children will return to their schools for the first time in many weeks. Their classrooms will look different, school … Continue reading

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Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto and Charlotte Ager

Children ask questions all the time. Some of those questions are easier for parents and teachers to answer than others and some may even be ones that adults are searching for answers to themselves. This beautiful picture book is a … Continue reading

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TrooFriend by Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty Applebaum’s follow up to her original and acclaimed debut, The Middler, is another perceptive and powerful story. A book that encourages the reader to question the true meaning of friendship and what makes us human. Highly recommended. Sarah is … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction for Children – Little Bird Lands by Karen McCombie

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and historical fiction for children particularly so, therefore this sequel to Little Bird Flies has been eagerly anticipated since I first heard about it. I was not disappointed. Little Bird has matured, … Continue reading

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Felix After The Rain – written and illustrated by Dunja Jogan Translated by Olivia Hellewell

This is such a beautiful book. Wonderful illustrations which encourage the reader to linger combine with a rich text to create something that will comfort and reassure. Highly recommended for children of all ages and quite probably adults too.  Felix … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

Hello and welcome to another news update where we look back at the week in books for children and young people. This is a collection of links to articles and websites that I hope will be helpful to librarians, teachers … Continue reading

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Little Women – entertainment or empathy?

Little Women has always been a book that has mattered to me. Last week I finally managed to see the Greta Gerwig adaptation of this classic loved by generations of readers and it made me realise once more why it … Continue reading

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