Very useful forward look from a US perspective to publishing programme for Spring 2018…
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:
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
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.
I never met the man but over the years met many who had worked with him and no one ever had anything but praise for him – none more so than David Fickling and James Riordan.
For 21 years Ron Heapy was the guru who oversaw the success of the children’s books department at Oxford University Press (OUP). Moving there in 1979, he found a demoralised outfit, which — in his own words — “felt like a mixture of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and Strictly Glum Dancing’’. Facing him on his office wall was an apparently unmovable “grim chart with a graph going down and down like a staircase in a nouvelle vague film”. When sales started to improve and the graph started to climb, with yellow ducklings surreptitiously added to it all happily swimming upwards, it was finally taken down.
A man of huge energy and explosive enthusiasms, Heapy had a sharp eye for talent and a capacity to nurture this until it finally came good. Early on he spotted one Geraldine Jones, working unadventurously on English as a foreign language adaptations of classic texts. He told her to try a novel about a girl in modern times. She came up instead with A Little Lower than the Angels, a story about an apprentice stonemason set in the Middle Ages. Now writing under her married name Geraldine McCaughrean, she went on to produce many more distinctive stories over the years, winning many literary prizes.
full obit via the Times paywall Ron Heapy | Register | The Times & The Sunday Times.
In an effort to win kids back from popular online platforms like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Facebook, the BBC is set to spend an additional US$44 million (£34 million) over its existing budgets in British kids content—representing the corporation’s largest investment in children’s services in a generation.
Announced by director general Tony Hall as part of the BBC’s 2017/18 annual plan, the funding will be spent over the next three years and will significantly boost BBC Children’s online budget. The investment, which was made possible by recent savings across the BBC, will see BBC’s Children’s budget increase from US$143 million (£110 million) today to US$161 million (£124.4 million) by 2019/20.
BBC Children’s will continue to spend the majority of its budget on its kids TV channels CBeebies and CBBC across every genre, including drama, comedy, factual and news. However, there will be fewer new TV brands commissioned going forward to make room for online growth. In fact, by 2019/20, a quarter or US$41 million (£31.4 million) will be spent online. The funding will cover cross-platform multimedia content including video, live online program extensions and clips, as well as pictures, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, quizzes, guides, games and apps.
The move is designed to give BBC Children’s audiences more ways to create, connect and share interactive content across channel websites and apps, as well as via the popular BBC iPlayer and newly launched iPlayer Kids app.
Louise Power, who has died aged 63 from complications arising from a cardiac condition, was the art department manager at Walker Books for more than 25 years. She was passionate about picture book illustration and, over the course of her career, her keen eye discovered many talented new artists.
Louise’s encouragement earned her the trust and friendship of countless artists, students and designers, and there are many contemporary illustrators, including William Grill and Petr Horacek, who say that she was instrumental in their success and that her generous advice helped them on their paths to publication.
wholw obit. via Louise Power obituary | Books | The Guardian.
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!
via Summer Reading Challenge.