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.
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.
The nominations for the 2019 Carnegie and Greenaway Medals were revealed yesterday.
Alongside the lists, CILIP outlined an action plan aimed at ensuring a more diverse representation in the awards.
This will include
- an expanded judging panel of librarians, bringing a broad range of lived experiences and perspectives
- enhanced diversity training for the judges
- an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel to support and advise on the Awards process
- a new prize voted for by children and young people
- and a quarterly publication of Top 10 New Voices eligible for the upcoming Medals
Expanding the judging panel makes very good sense. I’m not so sure about “enhanced diversity training” – it partly depends what will be involved and how this is delivered. The need for an ‘equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel’ is tantamount to an admission on CILIP’s part that it has failed in the past to be sufficiently cognisant of such matters.
The Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are distinctive because they are judged and awarded by librarians.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration. Adding a new prize voted for by children and young people seems to me entirely unnecessary when there are other awards that are decided upon in this way.
I do like the sound of and very much welcome the launch of a quarterly publication shining the light on the Top 10 New Voices. But is that to be 10 ‘new voices’ per quarterly issue? That would be 40 writers and illustrators having a spotlight put upon them each year. I wonder if there are that many ‘new’ voices being published each twelve months of sufficient distinction to warrant such attention.
This year, 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 books are in the running for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
From the CILIP website:
What happens next?
Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel − 14 children’s and youth librarians representing all regions of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.
From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2019 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people, recognising excellent literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.
The awards shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through reading groups that ‘shadow’ the judges as they read and engage with the shortlists. Shadowers critically and creatively explore the shortlisted books, through group participation and online engagement: posting reviews, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and participating in visual literacy based creative activities.
The winners’ ceremony in June will see one book from each shortlist awarded the first children’s choice prize, voted for and presented by shadowers, alongside the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.