Monday, December 12, 2005

Reading Association of Ireland Awards

Wings over Delft by Aubrey Flegg has won the overall award for his novel which is published by the O'Brien Press. It is the first book in the Louise Trilogy and is the story art and love in 17th century Holland. As Jamila Gavin says "all those Dutch paintings come alive in the mind's eye". You may not find it in your local bookshop but it was published in England in October 2005 and can readily be ordered - O'Brien Press 0-86278-886-2. This novel also won the Bisto Book of the Year Award in 2004 - Ireland's most prestigious children's literature prize.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


This full colour calendar in aid of Lupus has illustrations by some of the best names in the children's book world including Anthony Browne, Judith Kerr and Nick Butterworth. Full details on the main Carousel website. Cost is only £7.95 plus postage of £1.50. But please add on additional postage if you wish it sent abroad. All proceeds less postage go to Lupus. Orders to Carousel Calendar POBox 80 Hebden Bridge HX7 7WS. At the time of writing this blog there are only around 300 calendars left so hurry! (Cheques to Carousel Calendar please)

Federation of Children's Books Conference 2006


Speakers include: Giles Andrea, Simon Bqarftram, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Theresa Bresln, Kevn Brooks, Cathy Cassidy, Wendy Coolng, Cressida Cowell, Robert Crowther, Helen Dunmore, Morris Gleitzman, Stuart Hill, Simon James, Lara Jones, Geraldine McCaughtrean, Kelly McKain, David Melling, Helena Pielichaty, John Singleton, Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell, Jacqueline Wilson.
To get a booking form with details of costs ring M & T Simkin on 0121 706 2738.
The conference will take place at the Paragon Hotel Birmingham 24-26 February 2006.

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Carousel: The Guide to Children's books - latest news

Malorie Blackman wins the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2005.
This award recognises an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Nominations and votes for the Award are from members of the Children's Book Circle. Earlier this year Malorie Blackman became the first Black British writer to have sold one million books. She has written extensively for both younger readers and young adults and a number of her books have been dramatised for television. Pig Heart Boy (BBC) was awarded a BAFTA for Best Children's Drama. Her novels have won numerous awards.
The Eleanor Farjeon Award has been running for 39 years and has been presented to many eminent people. The 2005 Award is generously sponsored by the Eleanor Farjeon Estate. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Children's Book Circle please email

The 9 Blue Peter Young Judges met on board the London Eye and over the course of a single day discussed the short list and came up with the winners. The short lists was selected by Simon Bartram and Eleanor Updale with the Blue Peter editor Richard Marson and Blue Peter presenters Liz Barker and Gethin Jones.
The Book I couldn't put down: Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo,Collins Childrens Books
The Best book with facts: Explorers Wanted at the North Pole, Simon Chapman, Egmont
The Best illustrated book to read aloud: The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children's Books
and the over winner of The Blue Peter Book of the Year 2005 - Private Peaceful.

Teenage: Divided City, Theresa Breslin; Worm in the blood, Thomas Bloor; Driftwood, Cathy Cassidy; Timebomb, Nigel Hinton; The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean.
Upper Primary: Trust me I'm a troublemaker, Pete Johnson; Barkbelly, Cat Weatherill; Rat Heaven, Jeanne Willis; Avril Crump and the Slumber Code, Angela Woolfe.
Prizes presented in June 2006.