Monday, April 28, 2008

Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books Shortlist

Early Years (0-7 years)
- TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP by Julia Donaldson & David Roberts (Macmillan)
- BILLY MONSTER’S DAYMARE by Alan Durant & Ross Collins (OUP)

Younger Readers (8-11 years)
- HOX by Annemarie Allan (Floris Books)
- ROBE OF SKULLS by Vivian French & Ross Collins (Walker Books)
- DARK ISLE by D A Nelson (Strident)

Older Readers (12-16 years)
- THE WITNESS by James Jauncey (Macmillan)
- BUNKER 10 by J.A. Henderson (OUP)
- CRUSADE by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)

The winners will be announced in Aberdeen on November 18 2008.

English Association Awards

The winners of the 2008 English 4-11
Best Children’s Illustrated Book Awards
(for books published in 2007) are

Key Stage 1
by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White Walker

Key Stage 2
Greek Hero
by Mick Manning and Brita Granström Frances Lincoln

Key Stage 1
Wonderful Life
by Helen Ward Templar

Key Stage 2
by Helen Ward, illustrated by Marc Craste Templar

Special Award
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick Scholastic


Archie’s War by Marcia Williams Walker
Art to make you Scared by Elizabeth Newbery Frances Lincoln
Beowulf Retold by Nicky Raven, illustrated by John Howe Templar
Big Brave Brian by M.P.Robertson Frances Lincoln
Dinomummy by Phillip Lars Manning Kingfisher
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell Macmillan
Poems About Earth Compiled by Andrew Fusek Peters Evans
The Art Book for Children: Book two by Amanda Renshaw Phaidon
The Life of Anne Frank by Menno Metselaar and Rudd Van Der Rol Macmillan
The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris Frances Lincoln
The Twin Giants: A Love Story by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Mini Grey Walker
Wow! Rainforest Animals by Carolyn Franklin Book House

The Awards, given by the English Association, will be presented to the winners on Wednesday 21 May 2008 at 5.00pm at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, following the Association’s AGM.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Short List 2008

CILIP Carnegie Medal: Congratulations to the following:
* Kevin Crossley-Holland, shortlisted for Gatty's Tale, has won before for Storm in 1985.
* Linzi Glass is shortlisted for Ruby Red, her second novel. She was brought up in South Africa and now lives in California.
* Tanya Landman is shortlisted for Apache. This is the first time she has been shortlisted for the Carnegie. She lives in Devon with her family.
* Elizabeth Laird's Crusade is her fifth book to be shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie.
* Philip Reeve, shortlisted for Here Lies Arthur, worked in a bookshop before writing his first book, Mortal Engines.
* Meg Rosoff is shortlisted for What I Was, her third novel. She won the Carnegie award last year for Just in Case.
* Finding Violet Park is Jenny Valentine's debut novel which has already won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

The CILIP KATE GREENAWAY Medal Shortlist 2008 Congratulations to
Walker Books - will he win it for an unprecidented third time?
Walker Books - this acclaimed young illustrator has already been chosen as one of Booktrusts' Best Ten Illustrators as has
EMILY GRAVETT Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
JANE RAY (Text by Carol Ann Duffy) The Lost Happy Endings
CHRIS RIDDELL Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
ED VERE Banana!

The Carnegie Medal and its sister award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library in London on Thursday 26 June.

You will find interviews with many of the shortlisted authors and illustrators in back issues of Carousel. And an interview with Polly Dunbar will appear in the Summer copy of the magazine.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Do it Yourself

I'm uncertain how far down the do-it-yourself angle authors should go...see item below. My local library has a do-it-yourself check in and check out for books so librarians need never talk to the customer! Self-service check-outs in supermarkets must, surely, be reducing jobs. And I do wonder if this enterprise means that publishers can just concentrate on their massive promotions...but perhaps otherwise it would not have come about, and it will undoubtedly shift books which helps everyone. So maybe I'm just being grumpy...

Four authors who live in and around Somerset have collaborated to create a promotional poster to mark the National Year of Reading.

Lynne Benton, Rebecca Lisle, Sue Purkiss and Kathryn White feature on a poster which they are distributing to local schools and libraries, promoting their books and websites, and their availability for talks and workshops.

'We need to be more proactive,' says Sue Purkiss. 'We've got to be realistic about what our publishers can do for us, and rather than waiting for things to happen, we decided to take matters into our own hands. It was Kathryn’s idea to produce a poster, then Becky oversaw the design - with input from all of us - and I organised the distribution via the Somerset library service. The libraries are very keen to support local authors, particularly in view of their focus on the National Year of Reading.' The writers' publishers - Walker and Little Tiger Press - supported the idea by providing printouts of the poster for distribution.'It's already helped raise our profile locally,' Sue says. 'We're all getting more invitations to schools and libraries as a result.'

Sue's new novel, Warrior King (Walker Books), is her retelling of the story of King Alfred which is especially relevant for this area. 'Local readers will recognise the landscapes in my book, and I'm looking forward to talking to them about Alfred. He's a fascinating character, with far more influence on the way Britain developed than we give him credit for. Obviously I want children all over the country to read it, but there's nowhere better to start than our own region.'

Anya Hollis, Marketing Director of Walker Books welcomes the move.
"We are very happy to work collaboratively with our authors, and in particular to help spread the word about Sue, her new book The Warrior King and her backlist."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

10 Best New Young Illustrators

The UK’s Best New Illustrators were revealed today by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. The final ten represent the best rising talent in the field of illustration today, who demonstrate remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work.

They are:

Alexis Deacon

Polly Dunbar - read an interview with her in the summer edition of Carousel

Lisa Evans

Emily Gravett - you can read an interview in issue 32

Mini Grey - you can read an interview in issue 24

Oliver Jeffers

David Lucas

Catherine Rayner

Joel Stewart

Vicky White

David Roberts and Sam Lloyd were highly commended.

The final ten were chosen from over 250 published illustrators by an illustrious Booktrust panel. To be eligible, illustrators must have been published in the UK since 2000. The Big Picture Judging Committee comprised author and illustrator Anthony Browne; Sunday Times journalist Nicolette Jones; Antonia Byatt, director of literature strategy at Arts Council England; author Malorie Blackman; and John Huddy founder of the Illustration Cupboard.

Michael Rosen comments:
“This is a great time for the picture book. A new generation of artists in command of all the new technologies and with an up-to-the-minute view of the world has arrived. Every one of these makers of picture books deserves a place on a child's bookshelf with the inventiveness, wit and wonder they have given us.”

Shirley Hughes comments:
“The varied talents of these ten new illustrators represent the marvellous vitality of our profession. In an era in which we are bombarded by moving electronic imagery, looking at picture books is not only a vital part of learning to read but offers a lifelong pleasure in itself.”

The Best New Illustrators form part of the Big Picture campaign, which has events running throughout 2008. As well as the Best New Illustrators, Booktrust and Rough Guides have produced The Rough Guide to Picture Books which will be distributed free of charge by branches of Tesco and Waterstone’s. The Big Picture will also join up with the Campaign for Family Learning and The Big Draw to host Big Picture parties at libraries throughout October, to celebrate picture books and encourage family reading through drawing.

The exhibition of works by the ten Best New Illustrators will run at the Illustration Cupboard, Piccadilly, London from 17 April – 3 May.

Location: The Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AL

Dates: 17 April – 3 May

Opening times: Mon – Fri 10-6pm, Sat 12-5

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