Friday, January 29, 2016

IBBY Announces the Shortlist for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People is proud to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious children’s book award:
Authors: Cao Wenxuan from China, Louis Jensen from Denmark, Mirjam Pressler from Germany, Ted van Lieshout from the Netherlands and Lois Lowry from the USA.
Illustrators: Rotraut Susanne Berner from Germany, Pejman Rahimizadeh from Iran, Alessandro Sanna from Italy, Suzy Lee from the Republic of Korea and Marit Törnqvist from the Netherlands.
The jury for this award is comprised of ten members from around the world:
Patricia Aldana from Canada/Guatemala is the 2016 jury president. She led the jury comprising the following Lola Rubio (Argentina), Dolores Prades (Brazil), Wu Qing (China), Kirsten Bystrup (Denmark), Yasmine Motawy (Egypt), Shohreh Yousefi (Iran), Andrej Ilc (Slovenia), Reina Duarte (Spain), Susan Stan (USA) and María Beatriz Medina (Venezuela). Elda Nogueira (Brazil) represented the IBBY President and Liz Page acted as Jury Secretary.
The criteria used to assess the nominations included the aesthetic and literary quality as well as the freshness and innovation of the body of work; the ability to see the child’s point of view and to stretch their curiosity; and the continuing relevance of the works to children and young people. The Award is based on the entire body of work.
After the meeting Aldana said, “It was remarkable to work with such an accomplished jury. Despite coming from so many different cultures and backgrounds there was a surprising degree of consensus. And it was a highly enjoyable process for us all.”
The two winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference on 4 April 2016 at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. The medals and diplomas will be presented to the winners during the 35th IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, 20 August 2016.
About the Award
2016 is the 60th Anniversary of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards. Previous winners include: authors Erich Kästner (Germany), Astrid Lindgren (Sweden), Katherine Paterson (USA), Lygia Bojunga (Brazil) and Margaret Mahy (New Zealand). Illustrators include Peter Sís (Czech Republic), Maurice Sendak (USA), Mitsumasa Anno (Japan), Wolf Erlbruch (Germany) and Robert Ingpen (Australia).
The IBBY members elect the Jury President during the biennial world congress and the Executive Committee elects the international jury of experts from nominations submitted by the IBBY National Sections.
The members of the Jury assess the complete body of the work in all cases. All the candidates nominated for the Award have made outstanding contributions to children’s literature in their countries and are selected by the IBBY National Sections; a complete list of the 2016 candidates is attached.
The International Board on Books for Young People is comprised of 77 National Sections and works to bring children and books together. It is the oldest and most highly regarded organization in the world working globally for children and books. The Andersen Award is sponsored by Nami Island Inc.
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Children's book wins the Costa! Video link

Frances Hardinge has been announced as winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.
There's a great web video of the awards, which includes an interview with Frances, and features celebrity judges including Katy Brand, Janet Ellis and Jane Asher.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HANDA'S HEN Spring Tour: 16 January - 16 April 2016

Hooray! The LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE production of HANDA'S HEN is touring from 16 Jan - 16 April 2016..

It will be in Barking, Barnard Castle, Burnley, Cambridge, Canterbury, Herts, Ipswich, Lichfield, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Pewsey, Radlett, Rayleigh, Rosendale, Salisbury, Southend-on Sea, Southport, Wolverhampton and LOTS of London venues. CLICK ON THE LINK for places and dates.

In Handa's Kenyan village, where Mondi the hen has gone missing. Handa and her friend, Akeyo search everywhere. They find stripy mice, little lizards, jumpy crickets and lots more. But where is Mondi - and what's her secret?

The shows are for 2-6 year olds.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Wendy and Peter Pan. RSC Stratford-upon-Avon.

Wendy and Peter Pan

There was much to treasure in the RSC’s seasonal production in Stratford -upon Avon in 2015. Created as a play by JM Barrie, this version tells the tale from Wendy’s point of view. Set in a magical space that shape shifted from nursery to lagoon, the Lost Boy’s grotto to The Jolly Roger, and included Pan - with his band of ‘shadows’ - flying with glorious abandon in a joyful exuberant riot of fun and colour. The percussive soundtrack and imaginative lighting added extra atmosphere to this jam-packed presentation.
Charlotte Mills as Tinkerbell is wonderfully argumentative and Darrell D’Saliva as Captain Hook looks suitably fed up with his lot, as Peter, comically played by Rhys Rusbatch, and his lost boys make life uncomfortable for him.
This is a quality production and is welcome as very entertaining theatre for both young and old.

Carousel 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity

The Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity

As part of our twentieth anniversary celebrations Philosophy Now created a new annual award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. Nominees can be philosophers, authors, scientists, journalists, playwrights or anyone else who has made an outstanding recent contribution to promoting knowledge, reason or public debate about issues that matter.
Philosophy Now editor Rick Lewis described the purpose of the Award in greater depth in his editorial, ‘Against Stupidity’, and in an article inThe Telegraph, ‘The world’s biggest problem is stupidity’.
21 October 2015 update: The winner of the 2015 Award is Cressida Cowell
We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity will be presented to Cressida Cowell, the author of theHow To Train Your Dragon series of children’s books. She will be the first children’s author to receive the Award.
After considering several very strong nominees for this year’s award, the panel decided that nothing combats stupidity in the world more effectively than encouraging children to think. Children are great thinkers and their intellectual abilities are all too often underestimated. In a cultural environment in which children’s natural curiosity and critical spirit are easily dulled and slowly replaced by couch-potato conformity, Cowell’sHow to Train Your Dragon books stand out not only for their humour, excitement, and startlingly vivid descriptive language, but also, more surprisingly, for their profound meditations on complex political, historical, emotional and moral themes. They incite children to reason and to question, and inspire their imagination and inquisitiveness. For this reason the panel decided to award the 2015 Against Stupidity Award to Cressida Cowell.
Responding to news that she will be presented with the Award, Cressida Cowell said: “I am incredibly honoured to receive this award, and be in such illustrious company of past winners. As parents will know, even quite young children are able to understand complex concepts, and I make a conscious effort never to write down to them.”
The Award will be presented during the Philosophy Now Festival on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4LR.
The event is free of charge and all Philosophy Now readers and members of the public are very welcome. You don’t need a ticket, though in the event of overcrowding latecomers may have to be turned away.
Description: Cressida Cowell
Cressida Cowell
Previous winners of the Award have been:
2014: Prof. Noam Chomsky (linguist, philosopher, scientist and logician)
2013: Prof. Raymond Tallis (doctor, philosopher, author and poet)
2012: Dr. Ben Goldacre (doctor, scientist and author of the book/newspaper columnBad Science)
2011: Dr. Mary Midgley (philosopher and author)
The prize is always a book token and a trophy. The Award is usually presented at Conway Hall in London, and whenever possible is followed by an acceptance speech by the winner.

Monday, October 05, 2015




Programme launched for five-day children’s illustrated literature festival from 22-26 October 2015


The programme for the first-ever Loogabarooga Festival of children’s illustrated literature includes appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators.

Events at the Loogabarooga Festival will include workshops with children’s favourites such as Korky Paul, illustrator of Winnie the Witch; Caroline Holden-Hotopf, illustrator of the Adrian Mole books; Nick Butterworth, author/illustrator of Percy the Park Keeper and The Whisperer; Knife and Packer, illustrators of Fleabag Monkeyface; and Steven Butler, author of Diary of Dennis the Menace.

Loogabarooga Festival will take place in Loughborough from 22-26 October 2015 and is based on the theme of ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’. As well as appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators, it will also showcase new and existing illustrated literature for children through a series of workshops, events, readings and activities.

The Loogabarooga Festival programme will be available from libraries, museums and venues across Loughborough and Leicestershire. All of the events are available to view and book (where charges apply) in advance at

The Loogabarooga Festival is organised by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, Leicester Shire Promotions and supported by Arts Council England, Love Loughborough and Loughborough Building Society.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council's Cabinet member for Open Spaces and Leisure, said: “I'm delighted that Loughborough is hosting this festival. Workshops and talks are taking place at venues all across the town and even include a book swap in the market place. The We Love Ladybird exhibition and workshops at Charnwood Museum are a must. We hope people attending will stay for the whole day or more as the festival will be a delight for anyone who enjoys reading books, writing stories or drawing.”




Tuesday, September 22, 2015

IBBY UK: Honour Book nominations 2016


Honour Book nominations 2016

IBBY UK committee is delighted to announce that the following titles have been nominated as the UK Honour Books for the 2016 list.

Writing:         S F Said Phoenix

                                    David Fickling Books, 2013 (hardback)

                                    Corgi Random House, 2014 (paperback)


Illustration: Laura Carlin The Promise (author, Nicola Davies)

                                    Walker Books, 2013



Translation:             Chantal Wright Anton and Piranha (author, Milena Baisch, translated from the German)

                                    Andersen Press, 2013




IBBY UK members and publishers put forward a wide range of exciting books for consideration, so the selection process was animated and the nominations panel was impressed with the high quality.


All three nominated books explore issues that are relevant to IBBY’s overall aims. Phoenix skilfully integrates comments about our contemporary world - on war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration, political and moral questions  - into a fast-paced and exciting science fiction narrative.  The Promise locates its strong environmental message within a worldwide context and offers a message of hope based on individual activism. Anton and Piranha explores issues of friendship and fitting in with the lightest of humorous touches in a delightful translation.


The books will become part of the 2016 collection alongside works from more than seventy member countries. These will be introduced at the IBBY Congress to be held in New Zealand in August 2016 when diplomas will be presented to the nominated authors, illustrators and translators. A catalogue of the collection will also be produced.


The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The IBBY Honour List, established in 1956, is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY's objective of encouraging international understanding through children's literature. Seven parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs, including the Bologna Book Fair in 2017. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava, at IBBY in Tokyo and Northwestern University Library at Evanston, Illinois.



Further information:

IBBY Secretary: John Dunne, 07803 010365

            Full details of the Honour List and pdf copies of previous catalogues

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Egmont Schools and Libraries Bulletin

Hi there,

We are currently creating our very first schools and libraries newsletter!
Before we send our first edition we would like to tell you a little more about it.

The newsletter will keep you updated on authors touring in your area, with instructions on how to request a visit, tell you all about our upcoming titles as well as free downloadable activity packs and teaching notes. There’s even the chance to win bookish goodies! The newsletter will arrive in your inbox and you can opt-out at any time.

If you’re interested in receiving our newsletter please reply to: by the end of August.

Bodleian Library Launches Children’s Imprint

The Bodleian Library is launching new imprint

Bodleian Children’s Books.

One of the UK and Ireland’s six copyright libraries, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is home to the Opie Collection of Children's Literature – Britain’s largest collection of children’s literature – along with over 12 million items, ranging from early manuscripts, rare books, maps and postcards to the latest printed publications.

Bodleian Children’s Books will focus on mining the collections to discover and republish timeless and beautifully illustrated children’s books; forgotten gems that can be reintroduced to a new audience. It will also include newly commissioned books, with a connection to libraries, reading and books. Titles will be handsomely produced as attractive gift hardback editions, to be treasured for future generations. Samuel Fanous, the Bodleian Library’s Publisher, said: ‘Many children’s books from the twentieth century have that magic combination of timeless stories perfectly illustrated with gorgeous art which can fire the imagination, as many of us remember well from our own childhood. We aim to bring these to new audiences and commission new titles with a similar profile for young readers.’

The inaugural titles in the new children’s imprint are

Penguin’s Way and Whale’s Way, originally published in the 1960s, due for publication 18 September. Written by US author Johanna Johnston, and with stunning illustrations by Caldecott Prize winner Leonard Weisgard, these titles are a delightful introduction to the natural world of the emperor penguin and humpback whale, told in narrative form with vintage illustrations. Each title has a paper to board cover, cloth quarter binding and charming endpapers.

The Bodleian aims to publish at least two titles per season under the Bodleian Children’s Books imprint. The first for spring 2016 is
Veronica by Roger Duvoisin, again from the sixties; an enchanting tale about a hippo named Veronica who travels to the city and has a series of run-ins with the law. Duvoisin was a renowned Swiss-born American author-illustrator who created the Happy Lion and Petunia series of picture books, along with more than 40 other titles for children. He was awarded the Caldecott medal in 1947. The second spring title will be the children’s classic The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff. The adventures of Babar the little elephant have delighted generations of children ever since his first appearance in 1931. The Bodleian’s gift edition of this unforgettable children’s story, the first in the Babar series, will be the perfect opportunity to rediscover this charming tale and its perennially popular characters.