The Guardian has reported the death of John Burningham. Links to obituaries will follow separately…
John Burningham, the children’s author and illustrator behind some of the 20th century’s most enduring children’s books, has died at the age of 82.
The writer and artist died on Friday after contracting pneumonia, his literary agent confirmed on Monday.
The latest edition of Teen Titles (#73) includes Q&A interviews with J A Henderson, author of It’s Only The End of the World; Tom Palmer, author of Armistice Runner; Elizabeth Wein, author of Firebird; M A Griffin author of Payback – and eight new additions to the Author Factfile, plus the usual mix of reviews with prominent featuring of the dustjackets (a hallmark of this publication).
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Check out this page for children’s book events taking palace in January, including this evening’s announcement of the Costa Book Awards children’s category winner…
Papadopoulos Publishing is to set up an imprint in the UK to publish children’s books.
Faros Books will launch in February and plans to publish 10 titles in the first year, building to 15-20 books in 2024.
“The decision to become English language publishers in the first place came after we realised that many of our Greek language picture books were being translated (and published successfully) in other languages, but too few among them in English,” the publisher’s MD told The Bookseller. “English language books output is so huge that very seldom do publishers there seek to translate books (especially children’s’) from other languages. Thus we took the task upon ourselves!”
Extract from David Baddiel interview in The Guardian [link to full piece below]:
The child in you evidently likes toilet humour as much as the next child, if Head Kid is anything to go on …
I find myself unable, when I write a children’s book, not to have at least a little bit of toilet stuff, because I know that children just find it immensely funny. There’s a scene in The Parent Agency where the main character meets some prospective parents and they tell him he can say or do whatever he likes. The first thing he does is just say “bum, poo, fart, wee” over and over again. I read that to kids when I visit schools and they go mad with laughter. I mean completely mad.
Do you find it easier to write for children than to write adult fiction?
That’s a difficult question, and I know children’s writers get very angry if you say that kids’ books are easier to write. One way in which they straightforwardly are is that they’re shorter.
This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray.
“Jane Ray’s jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta’s The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix.” Guardian
Five new humorous children’s books offer young readers a plethora of pleasure, plus pants for potatoes. Though very different from one another, four of the five feature classic children’s book imagery in one form or another. The fifth features, as I said, potato pants….
KING ALICE (Feiwel and Friends, 32 pp., $17.99; ages 4 to 8), Matthew Cordell
INTERRUPTING CHICKEN AND THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE (Candlewick, 48 pp., $16.99; ages 4 to 8), David Ezra Stein
JUST ADD GLITTER (Beach Lane, 32 pp., $17.99; ages 4 to 8), Angela DiTerlizzi and the illustrator Samantha Cotterill
THE WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK (Dial, 40 pp., $17.99; ages 4 to 8), Jon Agee
POTATO PANTS! (Holt/Christy Ottaviano, 32 pp., $16.99; ages 4 to 8), Laurie Keller
Gleitzman is used to writing for children. He’s not used to being edited by them, with the possible exception of his own children, who comment on everything he does. But giving kids the opportunity to edit is precisely the point of Early Harvest, the annual publication put out by 100 Story Building, an organisation based in Melbourne that centres around providing opportunities and programs for young writers. Each year, an editorial team of Grade 5 and 6 students comes up with a theme – this year it’s “Dreams” – and then oversee the production of a book filled with short stories, illustrations, games and activities.