Half a dozen YA reviews by Catherine Hong, a contributing editor at Elle Decor, blogs about children’s books at mrslittle.com.
VISA staff in Britain have “lost sight” of what immigration rules are intended to achieve, according to a senior Scottish MP, who has described the refusal of a visa for an acclaimed Iranian illustrator of children’s books as “a nonsense”.
Stuart McDonald, the SNP’s front-bench spokesperson on immigration, was speaking after the campaigning group Scottish PEN condemned the Home Office’s refusal to grant a visa to Ehsan Abdollahi to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
good piece by Anoosh Chakelian
“I thought actually there is a lot to say now,” Gillian Cross tells me, when I ask why she’s brought the Demon Headmaster back after 15 years. “I really don’t think one should write books with messages, but schools are so different now from how they used to be that I got excited about the Demon Headmaster being back in a school.”
recommended reading via The academisation of the Demon Headmaster.
The 15 shortlisted titles (in five categories) will be judged by a guest panel including Axel Sheffler.
Baby and Toddler
Bathtime for Little Rabbit written and illustrated by Jörg Mühle
The Crayons’ Book of Colours written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Where’s Mr Lion written and illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere
Izzy Gizmo written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright with illustrations by Jim Field
Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest (Hachette) written by Julian Gough ill Jim Field Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog written by Claire Baker with images by Ross Collins
Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson with illustrations by Danny Noble
Learning and Development
George’s Marvellous Experiments by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
100 Things to Know About the Human Body by Alex Frith, Minna Lacey, Jonathan Melmoth & Mathew Oldham with illustrations by Federico Mariana & Danny Schlitz
My Little Pony: Ultimate Creative Colouring
LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes The Awesome Guide.
Pete Selby, head of books and music at Sainsbury’s, described (for The Bookseller) the expanded shortlist as the awards’ "strongest yet". He said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with BookTrust for the 2017 Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards. As the UK’s largest Children’s reading charity, the BookTrust’s initiatives and promotion reach millions of Children each year, recognising the power of reading to transform a child’s life. At Sainsbury’s we feel equally passionate about supporting our youngest customers at the start of this journey and the Awards were set up to celebrate and promote all that is wonderful about Children’s publishing.”
He said: “We’re thrilled that in our fourth year we have been able to welcome some Industry veterans, tastemakers and genuine world class talent to the Sainsbury’s Judging Panel. Alongside representatives from BookTrust and Sainsbury’s, The Booksellers Charlotte Eyre joins long time friend of the Awards Tom Percival on the panel as well as Picture Book Marketing maven Emma O’Donovan and one of the country’s leading Children’s author-illustrators, Nadia Shireen.”
He added: “This year we have also refreshed the Awards branding for the first time since its inception and we’re excited to reveal that Tom Percival has created a bespoke logo featuring characters from his forthcoming picture book ‘Perfectly Norman’.
The winners will be announced on 23rd August.
Very useful forward look from a US perspective to publishing programme for Spring 2018…
New Jersey writer Junot Diaz’s next book will be a children’s book — a picture book about a young girl titled “Islandborn.” Diaz, 48, first promised his goddaughters 20 years ago that he would write about Dominican girls like them who lived in the Bronx, the New York Times reports, so the project arrives more than a little late (his goddaughters are in their late 20s).
“Behind their request was this longing for books and stories that resonated for them and included them, and opened a space where they could be protagonists in the world,” Diaz told the Times. Junot, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his 2007 novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and moved to Parlin in 1974. He says that as a child, he had trouble finding any characters in books that looked like him.
I was extremely disappointed to have to miss this award presentation…
The winner of the CLiPPA 2017 is Kate Wakeling for Moon Juice. The announcement was made at the finale of the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre on 14 July 2017 which featured performances from talented young poets from the five winning shadowing schools and performances from Kate Wakeling and two other CLiPPA 2017 shortlisted poets, James Carter and Michaela Morgan. Booked by Kwame Alexander, published by Andersen Press, was highly commended.
The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003. This is the only award for published poetry for children, highlighting an important branch of children’s literature and ensuring that it receives proper recognition. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the preceding year.
The CLiPPA 2017 Shortlistees were:
- Booked by Kwame Alexander
- Wonderland: Alice in Poetry Ed. Michaela Morgan
- Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling, illus. Elina Braslina
- Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen, illus. David Tazzyman
- Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter, illus. Nicola Colton
The Chair of the Judging panel was poet Rachel Rooney.
Rachel was joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.
Sarah Crossan – Poet and CLiPPA 2016 joint winner for One
Caleb Femi – poet and the Young People’s Laureate for London
Charlotte Hacking – CLPE Learning Programme Leader
Imogen Russell Williams – Children’s book critic and editorial consultant
Shirley Hughes turns 90 this week, and Dogger – the touching story of a toy dog lost (and, of course, eventually found) – is 40. The real Dogger, whose story first made Hughes’s name, sits comfortably on a box in the sitting room. A much-loved childhood companion of Shirley’s oldest son Ed (the journalist, Ed Vulliamy), Dogger has a few bald patches, but is as bright-eyed as Hughes herself. “He’s been on show in several museums,” she smiles, “but he has retired from the celebrity circuit now.”
As the long summer holidays begin, Emma Dunn and Sarah Mallon have lots of suggestions to keep children of all ages turning the page
I can also very much recommend Paul Carter, the official photographer’s full set of party photos.
The annual award for a debut children’s novel (established in memory of the novelist Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase, an editorial director and one of the founders of Walker Books) was presented last night to M. G. [Maya] Leonard and her editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon.
The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for young people runs in parrallel with the main award. This year’s winners were:
Orla Borsey aged 13 years from Fleet, Hampshire
Brianna Cain aged 17 years from Liverpool
Hadeel Elwilid aged 13 years from Chandler’s Ford, Southampton
Jemima Gleeson aged 8 from Hampshire
Zoe Latchford aged 13 years Bedfordshire
Isaac Tiomkin aged 9 years from London
Announcing the winners, judge Prue Goodwin said, “I was looking for a story, not descriptive language.” And added, “There are times when spare, sparse language matters.”
The main award was presented by previous winner Frances Hardinge. She said, “The achievements of authors are quite nebulous… We create dreamscapes..” In this context she described how winning the Branford Boase Award had been a “collossal boost” to her fragile self-confidence. And she said it was a big boost to her career, as well as her ego. “The Branford Boase puts you on people’s radar. The children’s books industry takes notice.”
She drew attention to the butterfly on the award’s logo – symbolic, she thought, of a book that has just struggled, aided and abetted by editors, out of its cocoon.
Julia Eccleshare referred to a “slew” of wonderful first novels, in contrast to a relative paucity of the same when the award was first established 17 years ago. She felt “incredibly privileged” to be able to view the world through the prism of children’s books.
Maya Leonard, accepting the award, referred to Barry Cunningham as her “helicopter editor”, looking at everything from above, while the hands-on editorial collaboration was largely down to Rachel Leyshon.
Leonard spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. She has also worked as the Senior Digital Media Producer for the National Theatre.
The award was judged by
Brenda Gardner, former children’s editor and founder of Piccadilly Press
Joanna Halpin, manager at Waterstones Trafalgar Square
Elizabeth McDonald, winner of the 2016 Public Librarian of the Year Award
Horatio Clare, winner of the 2016 Branford Boase Award.
The panel was chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
The presentation to Branford Boase winners includes a special box designed by Matthew Warwick and Clare Murray.