May 2010 Archives

Absolute Vanilla Blog Interview

Nicky Schmidt interviews Nicola Morgan about the novel Wasted, on the Absolute Vanilla blog.

Guardian Prize Longlist

Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin (Doubleday, £12.99). Age: 12+

Now by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin, £6.99). Age: 9+

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes (Quercus, £6.99). Age: 11+

The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson (Macmillan, £9.99). Age: 8+

Sparks by Ally Kennen (Marion Lloyd Books, £6.99). Age: 9+

Lob by Linda Newbery, illustrated by Pam Smy (David Fickling, £10.99). Age: 8+

Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver (Orion, £10.99). Age: 10+

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion, £9.99). Age: 13+

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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Children's Picture Book Award

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion - Illustrator: Renne Benoit ( author Jane Barclay) : Tundra Books

Young Adult/Middle Reader Award

Vanishing Girl, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case - Shane Peacock: Tundra Books

Bisto Winner

Author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick has won the 20th Bisto Children's Book of the Year for her picturebook There.

The results of the twentieth Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards were announced on Monday 24 May 2010. Marie-Louise was present to accept the award and was presented with a cheque for €10,000. 

This is the third time that Marie-Louise has picked up this prestigious award, winning in 2001 and 2003 for her two other nominated picture books You, Me and the Big Blue Sea and Izzy and Skunk.

 Four other awards were made 

•    Bisto Honour Award - Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
•    Bisto Honour Award for Illustration - There by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
•    Eilís Dillon Award - Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke
•    Children's Choice Award - Chalkline by Jane Mitchell

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards

The winners of the 2010 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony in Auckland a week ago..  

red House Children's Book Award Winners

Announced in Birmingham this afternoon...

Overall winner:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Category winners:

Mondays Are Murder by Tanya Landman

Bottoms Up! by Jeanne Willis & Adam Stower

Guardian Review

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The Diary of a Dr Who Addict by Paul Magrs, reviewed by SF Said

Magrs's take on early adolescence is very sharp and beautifully nuanced. Almost every page contains some seemingly offhand observation that rings true, from the cringing embarrassment of boys' changing rooms to the way the tiniest details of popular culture can become matters of life or death, fiercely personal and political. SF SAID

Impact of home libraries

Keeping just 20 books in the home can boost children's chances of doing well at school, according to a major study...

Although the body of the report refers to home libraries consisting of 500 books or more contributing to a "scholarly culture".

Patricia Wrightson - Guardian Obit.

Forgot to blog Julia Eccleshare's obituary of Patricia Wrightson last week. This was published Monday 10th May.
Blame the UK election distraction ;)

Branford Boase Award Shortlist

The Branford Boase Award was set up to encourage new writers and is given each year to the most promising work of fiction for children by a first time novelist. The Branford Boase also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.

This year's judging panel: Helen Boyle, editor of tBk magazine; Tricia Adams, Executive Director of the School Library Association; and B R Collins, author of The Traitor Game, winner of last year's Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children's books editor of The Guardian.

The winner of the award will be announced on July 14th at a ceremony in London.

Observer Review

Biography of Kaye Webb, So Much To Tell by Valerie Grove, reviewed in The Observer by Rachel Cooke

Non-Fiction Picks, Updated

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from the David Maybury blog

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Patrick Ness and Sarah Rees Brennan in a short joint video interview by David Maybury, from his blog

The children's book doctor

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Best Children's Books Ever

according to The Guardian, a couple of days ago...

Follow the link then scroll down to be taken to any of the five separate age categories.

Scroll down further to follow or participate in the discussion.

Deakin Newsletter May-June 2010

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Deakin Newsletter

The May-June 2010 edition of Andrea Deakin's regular Newsletter - always excellent...

Laureate's Scottish Tout

Anthony Browne, the Children's Laureate, will this week be starting a tour of schools across eastern Scotland which will take him to Fife, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Moray.

The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour, an initiative which founded by the Scottish Book Trust in 1998 with the aim of encouraging children across Scotland to develop a love of literature, was launched at the National Galleries of Scotland yesterday.

More Canadian Awards

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Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children

Nancy Hartry: Watching Jimmy (Tundra Books)

Honour Books:

Shane Peacock: Vanishing Girl (Tundra Books)
R.J.Anderson: Faerie Rebels - Spell Hunter (HarperCollins)

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award

Lesley Livingstone: Wonderous Strange (HarperCollins)

Honour Books:

Carrie Mac: The Gryphon Project (Puffin Books)
Arthur Slade: The Hunchback Assignments (HarperCollins)

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Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Philip Ardagh reviews Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale

Updale writes with such obvious relish that fun exudes from the ink on every page. This is real entertainment. Johnny Swanson is just the kind of book for which the term "joyous romp" was invented. PHILIP ARDAGH
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Kate Wilson Interviewed

by Tracy Ann Baines on her tall tales and short stories blog


Graphic Novel Adaptation

Cartoonist Hope Larson, winner of both Eisner and Ignatz Awards, has been chosen by Farrar, Straus & Giroux to create a graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle's award winning science fiction/fantasy classic, originally published in 1962. The graphic novel adaptation will be published in the fall of 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the prose novel's publication...

Thanks to Judith Ridge for bringing my attention to this Publishers Weekly piece...

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Grubtown Interactive Site Launched

Visit Grubtown, an interactive website designed to accompany Philip Ardagh's Grubtown series, had an original launch date of the end of March, but because of unspecified technical hitches did not go LIVE until a day or two ago.

All appears fully functional now. Will appeal especially to the 7-10 age group.

Visitors are encouraged to search around the site and come back regularly for new and updated features.

David Unwin (Severn) - Obituary

I confess I hadn't heard of (or had completely forgotten) this children's author, who died aged 91 in February, and whose obituary has not appeared in The Times till now...

A much prompter obituary notice appeared here:

Schwartz Award Shortlists

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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards, Shortlists

Picture Book

Barbara Reid: Perfect Snow (North Winds Press/Scholastic)
Marie-Louise Gay: When Stella was Very, Very Small (Groundwood Press)
Illustrator Renne Benoit, author Jane Barclay: Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion (Tundra Books)
Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel at Night (Kids Can Press)
Irene Luxbacher ; author Andrew Larsen: The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press)

Young Adult/ Middle Reader Book Award Category

Shane Peacock: Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes - His Third Case (Tundra Books)
Jill Maclean: Present Tense of Prinny Murphy (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)
Jennifer Cowan: Earthgirl (Groundwood Books)
Anna Kerz: The Mealworm Diaries (Orca Publishing)
Kelly Armstrong: The Awakening (Doubleday)

Canadian Awards

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Some recent Canadian children's book awards:

Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrators Award

Barbara Reid : Perfect Snow (North Winds Press/Scholastic)

Honour Books:-
Illustrator Nicolas Debon, author Colleen Sydor: Timmerman was Here (Tundra Books)
Illustrator Kady Macdonald Denton, author Frieda Wishinsky: You're mean, Lily Jean: (North Winds Press/Scholastic)

Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Picture Book Award 2009

Oleg Lipchenko: Lewis Carroll- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Tundra Books)

McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award

Younger category:
Colleen Sydor, Illustrated Nicolas Debon: Timmerman was Here (Tundra Books)

Older category:
Eva Wiseman: Puppet (Tundra Books)

Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Carrie Mac: The Gryphon Project (Puffin Books)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrated Dean Griffiths: Maggie Can't Wait (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Julia Eccleshare picks out three picture books:

The Fly by Petr Horácek

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Church Mice Adrift by Graham Oakley

Patrick Ness Trailer

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New trailer for Patrick Ness's award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, which is made up of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and now the final instalment, Monsters of Men

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