Sunday, May 01, 2016

Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

TEACHERS IN CARDIFF AND CANADA COMPETE WITH SOFTWARE DESIGNER IN SHORTLIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS £10,000 TIMES CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION
International writers contribute to highest number of entries ever in children’s books most valuable competition
High school teachers over 3,000 miles apart are included in the shortlist for the ninth annual Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, announced today, Friday 29th April, while other shortlisted authors have backgrounds in software design, bookselling, and the law. One of the writers will win a £10,000 publishing contract with Chicken House and see their book on sale in 2017. The competition received its highest ever number of entries, with over 1,000 aspiring writers submitting full length novels for consideration by a judging panel that included Justine Roberts, CEO and founder of website Mumsnet, and Barry Cunningham, the publisher who first signed JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Authors Janine Barnett-Phillips and Julie Mee both teach in high schools – Barnett-Phillips in Cardiff and Mee in Ontario, Canada. Mee is the only non-British writer on the shortlist, although other entries came from as far afield as the USA, Vietnam, New Zealand and India. The other shortlisted writers are Stafford-based software designer Jamie Smith, former solicitor Tracy Darnton from Bath, and Nicki Thornton who, with her husband, runs the acclaimed independent bookshop Mostly Books in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
The five-strong shortlist for 2016 features an eclectic selection of potential bestsellers aimed at children of all ages. The 2016 shortlist is (alphabetical by title):
  • Asterix Clementine by Janine Barnett-Phillips. A contemporary novel for young adults featuring a gritty love story between two teens with an unexpected twist.
  • The Firefly Cage by Nicki Thornton. Kitchen boy Seth must solve a murder at a magicians’ convention in order to prove his innocence in this gripping murder mystery aimed at middle-grade readers.
  • Frostsliver by Jamie Smith. This wintry fantasy for readers aged 12+ tells the story of one girl’s extraordinary struggle for survival when caught in an avalanche atop a sentient glacier.
  • Milo and Operation Stepdad by Tracy Darnton. A funny and heart-warming story for readers aged 7+ that follows Milo’s heart-warming quest to find a partner for his single mum.
  • Project Cat’s Away by Julie Mee. Junior CIA agent Emma struggles to maintain her work-life balance when a friend discovers her secret in this hilarious and action-packed story for middle-grade readers.
Barry Cunningham, Founder and Managing Director of Chicken House, said: “This year’s Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition brought an ever wider selection of diverse subjects from an ever broader geographical range of eager novelists. Our shortlist explores a broad range of themes including troubled love, spies, magicians, a sentient glacier, and a stepdad suitability questionnaire. In this fantastic shortlist, we celebrate the trials, tribulations and enjoyment of being young in a confused and confusing world.”
The shortlist will now be read by the judges who also include 16 year old Orli Vogt-Vincent, winner of a competition to find a Young Judge to join the panel. The winner will be announced on 17th June, 2016, and published by Chicken House in 2017.

News about Carousel

I am re-posting the letter below as many people haven't heard the news about Carousel.

An update to the letter is that Heather, our designer sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago.  The news was totally unexpected and we were shocked to hear the news.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard, her husband.

The new issue has been sent off to the printers.  Our new designer worked solidly for a fortnight to complete Heather's work.  

This is the link to the subscriptions page of our website. http://www.carouselguide.co.uk/subscriptions.html

We will be dispatching the new issue in the next week or so.

Many thanks.

Dave Chant




Dear Subscriber/ Supporter,

Twenty-one years ago, Jenny and I launched the first edition of Carousel Magazine arising from our passion for quality children’s books and our belief that every child has the right to be presented with books that are both appropriate and stimulating. Over the years we have been able to introduce successive generations to exciting new authors and illustrators and be a source of information for people who have an enthusiasm for, and work in, the world of children’s books. Today, Carousel is currently the only print magazine about children’s books in the UK. Something we can be rightly proud of.

 A set of circumstances has arisen which has resulted in Jenny and I deciding it is time to pass on the running of the magazine.  Our designer, who for ten years has produced an attractive and a visually stimulating magazine, has reluctantly decided to step down owing to health issues. Coincidentally, we have had to urgently seek a new office space. Thankfully, two of our existing editors, Elaine & Dave Chant, have agreed to steer the magazine through this difficult time with a view to enabling it to thrive and continue to be an important resource within the children’s book world.

Our existing editorial team will continue with some new additions. Alongside Elaine & Dave, Sinead and Martin Kromer remain with us and, importantly, will continue to manage the review pages. We will be joined by Debbie Wiggett who will look after finance, and Louise Stothard who is a member of the national executive of The Federation of Children’s Book Groups. We will shortly be announcing further additions to supplement the range of expertise we currently enjoy.  I will continue to be part of the team and supervise the transition.

This is a significant time for Carousel magazine and has necessitated some changes to the publication dates for this current year which will have some implications for our many loyal supporters. Issue 62 will now appear in May as a slightly enlarged Spring/Summer edition. The following issue 63 will be the Autumn edition which will bring us back to the normal date of publication. For Carousel subscribers, this will mean your subscription will continue for one additional issue.

From 1st April, there will be a new Carousel Office.  The new contact details are:

Carousel   Unit 1   West Court   Saxon Business Park   Stoke Prior   B60 4AD
T: 07413980203     E: office@carouselguide.co.uk

Thank you very much for your loyalty and enthusiasm over the years. We very much hope that this will continue. If you do not subscribe to Carousel - for whatever reason - we would urge you to do so now, and also to recommend it to other interested people.

Jenny & David Blanch

Friday, April 22, 2016

Longlist announced for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize

Twenty picture books in the running for important new illustration prize
The longlist for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize has been announced. The Klaus Flugge Prize will be awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40thanniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press.
Twenty books by debut picture book illustrators have made the longlist. Publisher Quarto, which includes Frances Lincoln and Wide Eyed, has four books on the list; Walker Books and Child’s Play have two each.  In total 14 publishers are represented, including independents Gecko Press, Old Barn Books, Flying Eye Books, Fat Fox, Nosy Crow and Child’s Play.
The judges are Children’s Laureate Chris RiddellTony Ross, the UK’s biggest selling children’s illustrator; Professor Martin Salisbury of the Cambridge School of Art; and Ferelith Hordon, editor of Books for Keeps and IBBYLink.
Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “We are delighted to have such a varied and intriguing longlist in the first year of this important new book award.  Information books, myth, funny stories and some extremely thoughtful pieces of storytelling all feature, and the illustrators work in an equally wide range of media and styles. Our panel of expert judges are looking forward to discussing the books and choosing a shortlist.”
The Klaus Flugge Prize longlist in full:
Jill and the Dragon, Lesley Barnes, edited by Anna Ridley (Tate Publishing)
Have You Seen Elephant?, David Barrow, edited by Julia Marshall (Gecko Press)
Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf, Migy Blanco, edited by Louise Bolongaro (Nosy Crow)
The Jar of Happiness, Ailsa Burrows, edited by Sue Baker (Child’s Play)
Lion Practice, Emma Carlisle, edited by Emily Ford (Macmillan)
The Zoomers’ Handbook, Thiago De Moraes, edited Libby Hamilton (Andersen Press)
Too Many Toys, Heidi Deedman, edited Maria Tunney (Walker Books)
Hector and the Hummingbird, Nicholas John Frith, edited by Alison Green (Scholastic)
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Daisy Hirst, edited by Lizzie Sitton (Walker Books)
Ice in the Jungle, Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar edited by Sue Baker (Child’s Play)
The Crow’s Tale, Naomi Howarth, edited by Janetta Otter-Barry, (Quarto Frances Lincoln)
Toby and the Ice Giants, Joe Lillington, edited by Harriet Birkenshaw (Flying Eye Books)
The Bear and the Piano, David Litchfield, edited by Katie Cotton, (Quarto Frances Lincoln)
Super Happy Magic Forest, Matty Long, edited by Peter Marley (OUP)
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar, Emily Mackenzie, edited by Emma Blackburn (Bloomsbury)
Dog on a Train, Kate Prendergast, edited by Ruth Huddleston (Old Barn Books)
Lili, Wen Dee Tan, edited by Holly Millbank (Fat Fox)
Counting Lions, Stephen Walton, edited by Katie Cotton, (Quarto Frances Lincoln)
The Wonder Garden, Kristjana S Williams, edited by Jenny Broom (Quarto Wide Eyed)
How to be Dog, Jo Williamson, edited by Pauliina Malinen Teodoro (Scholastic)
The shortlist will be announced on 9 June 2016 and the winner will be revealed in September 2016.

Klaus Flugge was born in Hamburg in 1934, apprenticed to a bookshop and sent to Book Trade School in Leipzig. He emigrated to America at the age of 23 as an East German refugee who spoke only German and Russian. After a variety of jobs, and two years as an American GI, he was offered a job working as a Personal Assistant to Lew Schwartz, owner of Abelard-Schuman publishing in New York. After only a year and a half Schwartz suggested he go to Europe to build up the very small list they had there and came to London in 1961. He launched Andersen Press – named after Hans Christian Andersen - in the autumn of 1976.
The roll call of artists Klaus Flugge has worked with at Andersen Press reads like a textbook on illustration: David McKee, Tony Ross, Satoshi Kitamura, Michael Foreman, Susan Varley, Emma Chichester Clark, Sir Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell, Ruth Brown and David Lucas to name but a very few.
In 1999, he became the first publisher to receive the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding contribution to children’s books and in 2010 he became the first and so far only publisher to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Youth Libraries Group. In 2013 Klaus was made an honorary citizen of the City of Bologna in recognition of his commitment to children's books abroad.
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Andersen Press was founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge.
Chris Riddell is the 2015 – 2017 Children’s Laureate.  He a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements.  He has worked widely with a variety of collaborators including Paul Stewart, Neil Gaiman and Russell Brand.  In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in the Observer, the Literary Review and the New Statesman. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.
Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has worked in advertising and as a cartoonist. Klaus Flugge at Andersen Press published his book Goldilocks and the Three Bears in 1976, and it was voted one of the best books of the year by the Federation of Children’s Books Groups. Since then he has produced over 50 picture books for Andersen Press, including the bestselling Dr Xargle and Little Princessseries. He has illustrated over 3000 books for authors including Jeanne Willis, Michael Palin, Eric Morcambe, David Walliams, Astrid Lindgren, Enid Blyton, Francesca Simon and Shakespeare. In its new illustrator chart published in February 2016, the Bookseller revealed that Tony Ross was the biggest selling children’s illustrator in the UK in 2015, with value sales of his books totalling more than £9m, according to data from Nielsen BookScan.
Professor Martin Salisbury is Course Leader, MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and Director, the Centre for Children’s Book Studies. Martin is an illustrator and author of a number of books on the practice and theory of children’s book illustration. He has been invited to speak on the subject around the world has acted as chair of the International Jury for the Ragazzi Awards at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Ferelith Hordon was a Children's Librarian with Wandsworth for almost the whole of her career. She was - and still is - an active member of CILIP YLG and has served as Chair of both YLG London and of the National Committee. She has been a CILIP Carnegie-Greenaway judge and has chaired the judging committee for those awards. She is editor ofBooks for Keeps, the online review magazine for children's literature and also editor ofIBBYLink, the online journal of IBBY UK.
For general enquiries email Anne Marley anne.marley@tiscali.co.uk
           

School Library Association Information Book Award 2016


The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2016 award. The School Library Association is pleased to announce the short list for each age category as follows:

Under 7

The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou. Usborne ISBN 9781409582472

I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Luciano Lozano. Walker ISBN 9781406342833

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood. Walker ISBN 9781406357417

A Book of Feelings by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. Walker ISBN 9781406355994

7-12

I Love This Tree by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Andy Elkerton. Franklin Watts ISBN 9781445130750

If… by David J Smith, Illustrated by Steve Adams. Wayland ISBN 9780750293839

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Roger Simo et al. Usborne ISBN 9781409590743

12+

Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy. OUP ISBN 9780192737502

Being a Girl by Hayley Long, illustrated by Gemma Correll. Hot Key Books ISBN 9781471403903

The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. Walker ISBN 9781406358698


Chair of the Judges Chris Brown said - “Each year the task gets more difficult for the judging panel simply because year on year we seem to be receiving more and more brilliant books. The long-lists featured terrific Information Books and this 2016 short-list highlights the very best out of many superb titles and each book can be very highly recommended”

From our sponsors Hilary Murray Hill, MD of Hachette Children’s Group commented – “On behalf of the Hachette Children’s Group, I am delighted to continue sponsorship of the SLA Information Book Awards. It’s the only UK award that celebrates not only the unsurpassed quality of contemporary information books, but also the irreplaceable role of information professionals. In a world full of information, it’s vital that librarians are appreciated for their expertise; they have a fundamental role to play in the reading and learning journey of every child. Many congratulations

From everyone at the Hachette Children’s Group to the authors and illustrators on this year’s shortlist.”
Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers. The winners will be announced at an event at Hachette Children’s Group in November.

Voting for the Children’s Choice from the shortlists will be open very shortly – announcements will follow on the SLA website www.sla.org.uk and via Twitter @UKSLA and on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/schoollibraryassociation/

Award website - www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Weekend of 14th & 15th May - The Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Featuring Marcia Williams, Lauren Child, Jonathan Stroud, Cerrie Burnell, Jacqueline Wilson, Axel Scheffler, Saraj Crossan, Joseph Coelho, Cornelia Funke. Philip Reeve, Josh Lacey, Holy Webb, Robin Stevens, Ed Vere, Morris Gleitzman, Jeremy Strong, Anthony Browne, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Crossley - Holland, Jane Ray, Cathy Cassidy, and many more!!!!!

See the website for full details.


http://www.barneskidslitfest.org/

Monday, March 28, 2016

Important News about Carousel Magazine



Dear Subscriber/ Supporter,

Twenty-one years ago, Jenny and I launched the first edition of Carousel Magazine arising from our passion for quality children’s books and our belief that every child has the right to be presented with books that are both appropriate and stimulating. Over the years we have been able to introduce successive generations to exciting new authors and illustrators and be a source of information for people who have an enthusiasm for, and work in, the world of children’s books. Today, Carousel is currently the only print magazine about children’s books in the UK. Something we can be rightly proud of.

 A set of circumstances has arisen which has resulted in Jenny and I deciding it is time to pass on the running of the magazine.  Our designer, who for ten years has produced an attractive and a visually stimulating magazine, has reluctantly decided to step down owing to health issues. Coincidentally, we have had to urgently seek a new office space. Thankfully, two of our existing editors, Elaine & Dave Chant, have agreed to steer the magazine through this difficult time with a view to enabling it to thrive and continue to be an important resource within the children’s book world.

Our existing editorial team will continue with some new additions. Alongside Elaine & Dave, Sinead and Martin Kromer remain with us and, importantly, will continue to manage the review pages. We will be joined by Debbie Wiggett who will look after finance, and Louise Stothard who is a member of the national executive of The Federation of Children’s Book Groups. We will shortly be announcing further additions to supplement the range of expertise we currently enjoy.  I will continue to be part of the team and supervise the transition.

This is a significant time for Carousel magazine and has necessitated some changes to the publication dates for this current year which will have some implications for our many loyal supporters. Issue 62 will now appear in May as a slightly enlarged Spring/Summer edition. The following issue 63 will be the Autumn edition which will bring us back to the normal date of publication. For Carousel subscribers, this will mean your subscription will continue for one additional issue.

From 1st April, there will be a new Carousel Office.  The new contact details are:

Carousel   Unit 1   West Court   Saxon Business Park   Stoke Prior   B60 4AD
T: 07413980203     E: office@carouselguide.co.uk

Thank you very much for your loyalty and enthusiasm over the years. We very much hope that this will continue. If you do not subscribe to Carousel - for whatever reason - we would urge you to do so now, and also to recommend it to other interested people.

Jenny & David Blanch

Carousel has moved!

Carousel
The Guide to Children’s Books

Urgent change of details
For immediate effect

The Carousel office has moved to new premises.
Please note the new address below where all correspondence and review books should now be sent.

Please also note the new telephone number and email address.

Publishers, please pass on these details to all departments i.e. editorial, marketing, accounts, and despatch for review books. (Letter post can be re-directed but parcels cannot.  This will necessitate 50 mile round trips to collect parcels delivered to the old address).

The new contact names are:

Elaine & Dave Chant

The new address, email, and telephone number

Carousel
Unit 1  
West Court  
Saxon Business Park
Hanbury Road 
Stoke Prior  
B60 4AD

Tel:  07413980203
                  

www.carouselguide.co.uk


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway shortlists 2016 announced

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/mar/15/carnegie-medal-kate-greenaway-shortlists-2016

Click on the above link for news of the 2016 Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists.  We think its a very strong one this year...

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Winners of Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016 Announced

FAVOURITE SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2016 REVEALED
 
  • Two authors celebrate second win each
  • All three winning books explore themes of magic and mystery
 
Simon Puttock, Ross MacKenzie and Danny Weston were today (2 March) announced as the winners of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards during a special ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, attended by nearly 1,000 children.
 
Scotland’s largest book prize for children’s authors and illustrators, with each winning book receiving £3,000, the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are run by Scottish Book Trust and supported by Creative Scotland through Regular Funding. They celebrate the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators and are voted for exclusively by children.
 

Scottish schoolchildren cast nearly 30,000 votes in this year’s awards, which are judged in three age categories - Bookbug Readers (3-7), Younger Readers (8-11) and Older Readers (12-16). Young participants across the country were encouraged to read the three shortlisted books in their age category and to vote for their favourite. 
A free copy of each of the three books in the Bookbug Category shortlist was gifted to every Primary 1 child as part of Book Week Scotland 2015.
 
Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon's Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.
 
Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists. Born in New Zealand, he travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children's books and was chosen to be a Children's Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer, creating over 30 children's books.
 
Commenting on his win, Simon said:
 
“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali's and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”
 
Renfrew-based author Ross MacKenzie won the Younger Readers (8-11) category for his novel The Nowhere Emporium. Published by Kelpies, the book explores what happens when the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, and orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment.

A former winner of a Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2011 for fantasy adventure Zac and the Dream Pirates, Ross was born in Glasgow but grew up and still lives in Renfrew with his wife and two daughters. Ross studied graphic design at college, and after graduating went on to become a page designer for the Daily Record. 

Commenting on his win, Ross said:
“I'm so delighted to have won the SCBA for ‘The Nowhere Emporium’! Scottish Book Trust do such an amazing job, and these awards are extra-special because it's the readers who make the final decision. Children don't often get the chance to have a voice on this sort of scale, and I believe it's important for them to know that they have that voice and that their opinions matter.
Long may the SCBA continue!”


Edinburgh-based author Danny Weston, who lives in Tollcross, won the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category for his book The Piper. Published by Andersen Press, the book follows Peter and his little sister, Daisy, who are evacuated from London to the countryside and find themselves on an isolated farm in the middle of a treacherous marshland. As Daisy gets drawn deeper into the secrets of their new home, Peter starts to realise that something very sinister is going on. What is that music they can hear at night? And who are the children dancing to it?
 
Danny has published three novels (under the name Philip Caveney) with Edinburgh-based publisher Fledgling Press. These are time travel adventures, all set in Edinburgh at different points in its history. The first book Crow Boy is set in Mary Kings Close, Seventeen Coffins is all about the tiny coffins found on Arthur's Seat in 1836 and the most recent book, One For Sorrow, is all about Robert Louis Stevenson. 
 
Commenting on his win, Danny said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially because it has been voted for, not by critics and industry insiders, but by the people who matter most; the young readers for whom the story was actually written. Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘The Piper’. You have rocked my world.”

Jasmine Fassl, Head of Schools at Scottish Book Trust, said;
 
“It’s a well-worn statistic that a love of books is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status. Initiatives like the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are intended to instill a love of books in children right from the very start, by making the process of reading fun, interactive and collaborative. But it’s the teachers, librarians, parents, and of course the authors and illustrators, who bring this project to life for the pupils – who download the resources, who put on the silly voices, who cuddle and tickle and leap about. Today we’re celebrating all the people who bring the magic of books to children and set them on a path to being booklovers for life.”
  

Aly Barr, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland, said:
 
“Once again the Children’s Book Awards confirm Walt Disney’s maxim that “there is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island”. If you’re only buying one book for your child this year, buy all three.”  

 
You can download a photo of photo of Simon Puttock here and a jpg of Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School here
 
You can download a photo of photo of Ross MacKenzie here and a jpg of The Nowhere Emporiumhere.
 
You can download a photo of photo of Danny Weston here and a jpg of The Piper here

 
 
Scottish Children’s Book Awards
 
  • The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust and funded by Creative Scotland, they are supported by Waterstones and CALL.
  • Teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups in the appropriate age group and then the children and young people read, review, discuss and vote for their favourite books.
  • Reviews and book trailers are posted on the Scottish Book Trust website by young judges to share their enthusiasm about the shortlisted books.
  • A Shared Reading scheme, which involves older primary children reading to their younger buddies, is run in 5 local authorities. It is funded by the Barcapel Foundation, the Crerar Trust, the Turtleton Trust and EIS.
  • Videos of each Bookbug category author reading and talking about their book will be available athttp://www.scottishbooktrust.com/scba
  • Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. Scottish Book Trust believes that books and reading have the power to change lives. As a national charity, we inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure.
  • We give free books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • We work with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classrooms activities, book awards and author events programme.
  • We support Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities
  • We fund a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promote Scottish writing to people worldwide
  • We work for a Scotland where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy.
www.scottishbooktrust.com   @scottishbktrust   www.facebook.com/scottishbktrust
 
Creative Scotland
 
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland


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.
For further information: www.ibby.org or www.ibbycongress2016.org
E-mail : ibby@ibby.org

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.