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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New POETRY PRIZE launched by National Literacy Trust & Bloomsbury Children's Books

National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Poetry Prize 2015
A new competition that challenges people to create a poem about reading and books to inspire young children is being launched by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury Childrens Books. The Poetry Prize is live on the National Literacy Trust website now and runs through until 31st August 2015.
All forms of poetry are welcome, from sonnets to free verse to rap. Entrants must be over the age of 16. Poems can be up to 16 lines long and written in English (although translations are welcome). Using reading and literature as inspiration the winner will receive an iPad, a selection of Bloomsbury titles and will see their poem feature in a poster campaign sent to schools across the UK.
The winning poem will be selected by a panel of judges including authors Sarah Crossan and Tony Bradman, Commissioning Editor for Bloomsbury Hannah Rolls and National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas.
Sarah Crossan, author of One and The Weight of Water, two novels written in verse said: "Poetry is the first language we speak. When we are born, we own it and we love it but somehow, along the way, children turn away from this, the most primitive of languages. It's everyone's job to make sure children feel that poetry belongs to them - which is does."
100% of entry fees go towards the work of the National Literacy Trust which equips disadvantaged young people with literacy fit for employment and life.
National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas said: "We are delighted to be launching this competition with Bloomsbury to celebrate all types of poetry. The latest National Literacy Trust research into the reading habits of children and young people showed that just one in six children read poetry outside the classroom, although it's interesting to note that disadvantaged children read more poems than their peers. I am looking forward to reading poems that will inspire more children to enjoy poetry in all forms, and to add it to their reading repertoire.'
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Announcing the winner of CLiPPA 2015 - Joseph Coelho!

Click on the link and see the report form the Awards...
Check out our Facebook group for photos of the event!!/pages/Carousel-The-Guide-to-Childrens-Books/286537644750791

Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award

The winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award is...

The first ever Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award winner is the author and illustrator of more than 200 cherished children’s books, Shirley Hughes OBE.

Book Trust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said: 'Shirley continues to innovate and create, providing young children with a love of reading... We often hear about "national treasures", but Shirley Hughes is up there with the best.’

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Chris Riddell - Children's Laureate

Carousel wishes to congratulate Chris Riddell on being named the children'a laureate for 2015-17.  Wishing you every success for the next 2 years!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

2015 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

The English Association have been promoting the exceptional power of the picture book since 1995. The Picture Book Awards celebrate the unique marriage of word and image, recognising that a captivating text intertwined with creative and eye-catching images bring a book to life in a very special way. 

The 2015 Awards will be presented to the winning authors, illustrators and publishers at the English Association’s AGM on Wednesday 27 May at the British Academy in London.

This year’s Winners are:

4-7 yrs Fiction

·         Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett Templar Publishing

7-11 yrs Fiction 

·         The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell Bloomsbury Children’s Books

4-7 yrs Non-Fiction

·         Gravity by Jason Chin Andersen Press

7-11 yrs Non-Fiction

·         Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill Flying Eye Books

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Little Rebels Shortlist

Two CATNIP Books Make Shortlist


A total of eight titles have been shortlisted this year for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction. The shortlist includes two titles from the indie, “small but mighty children’s publisher”, Catnip Publishing Ltd. It also includes two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes.    


The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is now in its 3rd year. The shortlisted 2014 titles include 4 chapter books/fiction and 4 picture books; these are:

è Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip Books), set in 1936 London during the rise of Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirts.

è Girl With a White Dog by debut novelist Anne Booth (Catnip Books), exploring prejudice and discrimination and linking the Holocaust directly through to the present.

è Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press) which examines the care system and attitudes towards mental health; this is Gill Lewis’ 2nd appearance on the Little Rebels shortlist after Moon Bear was selected last year.

è Nadine Dreams of Home by Bernard Ashley (Barrington Stoke), a dyslexia-friendly book about a child who has fled the Congolese civil conflict to settle in the UK.

è Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books); a subtle picture book about kindness and friendship winning out over force and enmity.

è Grandma by another debut author/illustrator, Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play); a child- friendly exploration of dementia.

è Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain (Janetta Otter-Barry Books/Frances Lincoln) about a boy who feels different from the other boys at school.

è Pearl Power by Mel Elliott, published by newcomer indie, I Love Mel (dis. Turnaround Publisher Services) about a little girl and her encounters with gender inequality.


The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises fiction for ages 0-12 which promotes or celebrates social justice and equality. It is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers and 2015 ALMA nominee, Letterbox Library. The judges, Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s Lit. Newcastle University), Wendy Cooling, (Bookstart co-founder & editor) and Elizabeth Laird (children’s author) are meeting this month to discuss the shortlist.


Kerry Mason, Co-Director of Letterbox Library, said of this year’s submissions: “The award is really gathering momentum in its 3rd year. We’ve had submissions from over 30 publishers and the final shortlist highlights some wonderfully distinctive texts which will stir children to ponder big ideas such as gender stereotypes, racism, conflict and mental health”.


Speaking about the award, Kim Reynolds, author of Radical Children’s Literature (Palgrave MacMillan: 2010) said, “This prize focuses on books that help readers become the kind of ‘little rebels’ who one day will catalyse social change rather than carrying on in the same old ways regardless of the costs and consequences”.


The winner of the Little Rebels Award will again be announced at The London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover. This year the event will take place on Saturday May 9th at a brand new venue: a 5 storey Victorian warehouse based near Tower Bridge. This is a free event, designed to champion all radical publishing. It is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) in partnership with the Alternative Press Fair. The Little Rebels winner will be announced alongside the ARB’s sister adult award, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.