November 2012 Archives

Guardian First Book Award

The Yellow Birds, a novel based on author's time as a gunner in Iraq commended for 'extraordinary promise'

Jeff Kinney Feature

Good piece from Fortune magazine:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney is a kids book star. And, in many ways, his success reflects the publishing industry's shifting landscape...

Recommended Reading

Nosy Crow And The John Lewis Snowman

from The Guardian:

A loving snowman, concerned his beloved snowlady might be feeling the winter chill, is daunted by nothing in his quest to find her a scarf, hat and gloves. We have all - well, more than two million of us, anyway - seen John Lewis's latest Christmas ad, and now we can read the children's book as well.

Independent publisher Nosy Crow pulled out all the stops to create a children's book based on the story - snowman is made, snowman realises lady love is cold, snowman crosses hill and dale to make sure she's wrapped up warm - in the days after the ad was first aired on 9 November. Told using images from the advert and a story in verse written by the publisher's managing director Kate Wilson, The Snowman's Journey will hit John Lewis stores on Saturday.

The Snowman's Journey

Notable Children's Books of 2012 -

This year's notable children's books -- the best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children's book editor of The New York Times Book Review...

New Series from Stewart & Riddell

The Bookseller:

Macmillan Children's Books has bought world rights for three books in a futuristic new series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. The pair, who have previously written The Edge Chronicles and won a handful of awards between them, have now written a series called Scavenger which revolves around a boy, his spaceship and a hundred robots "bent on his destruction". Rights were signed from Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley.

Hachette releases new children's eBook titles

as reported on

Hachette Children's Books has announced that 21 of its top picture books including David Melling's best seller The Kiss That Missed are now available in digital eBook format.

Additional titles, which are available from November 26 from Amazon and Apple, include I Love My Daddy from acclaimed UK author/poet Giles Andreae (Purple Ronnie and The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton), David Melling's Hugless Douglas, and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray.

eBooks from authors such as  John Hegley (Stanley's Stick), Daisy Meadows (Rainbow Magic: The Complete Book of Fairies), and Adam Blade (Beast Quest: The Complete Book of Beasts) are also included in the initial launch.

The transition to the new digital format comes as eBook sales for kids, especially the YA demo, are on the rise, growing 89% in July 2012

Ellen Holgate To Join Bloomsbury

as reported in The Bookseller:

Ellen Holgate is to join Bloomsbury Children's Books as editorial director for fiction in the new year. Holgate, who is currently senior editor at Hodder Children's Books, will report to children's publishing director and international editor-in-chief Rebecca McNally. McNally said: "Ellen is a real rising star in children's fiction. Her passion, creativity and excellent taste in books are matched by high ambition for her authors and strong commercial sense. "She's the perfect fit for Bloomsbury as we reinvigorate our fiction frontlist and reinvent the many wonderful gems on our backlist." ... Holgate begins at Bloomsbury on 21st January 2013. She has previously worked at Walker for seven years, and has worked closely with authors including Patrick Ness, Hilary McKay and Ruth Warburton.

Interview With James Daunt

Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt talking to Liz Thomson in the Piccadilly flagship store:

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, reviewed by Tony Bradman is all familiar territory, and it's old-fashioned, almost as if it had been written in the 1950s. It's also full of coincidence and contrivance...

Funke explains in an afterword that the story was inspired by a visit to Salisbury, particularly its atmospheric cathedral. Looked at in this light, the book is clearly a homage to a certain kind of literary Englishness - it can't be a coincidence that the relationship between Jon and Ella is reminiscent of that between Pip and Estella in Great Expectations. After all, the great Boz liked a good ghost story himself. Ghost Knight is also that rare beast in British children's books, a foreign novel. My German isn't good enough to tackle the original, but Oliver Latsch's translation reads well. TONY BRADMAN

Ghost Knight

26 Weeks Of Giveaway

from Webwire:

A London based author is running a potentially costly experiment by giving away his 26-book series over the next six months on Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.

Author David Bain has spent the past 5 years putting his 26-Week Digital Marketing Plan series together, and now believes that giving all of his books away for free is the best marketing strategy....

ooks for Christmas: children's books - Telegraph

I believe this Christmas roundup by Dinah Hall first appeared in the print paper last weekend. It is now available online...

Her closing choice caught my eye:

I would normally run a mile from a book featuring occult murders but The Diviners by Libba Bray (Atom, £12.99) is "pos-i-tute-ly" the duck's quack. Evie O'Neill is sharp as a tack and with a mouth like Dorothy Parker. At home among the speakeasies and Ziegfeld Follies, she also has a special power which will lead her to the truly creepy Naughty John. DINAH HALL

Guardian children's books podcast: Cornelia Funke on Ghost Knight

6-minute interview and reading, recorded on recent visit to Salisbury Cathedral by the German author

Remembering Madeleine L'Engle

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Remembering Madeleine L'Engle

A highly recommended excerpt from Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus, in Publishers Weekly....

Best Children's Books Of 2012

Kirkus Reviews has published its best children's book of the year list...

Beaton Fellowship 2013

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) is delighted to announce that the winner of  the Beatson Fellowship 2013 is award-winning Paraparaumu author Mandy Hager, who writes in a range of genres, including YA and adult novels, non-fiction resources, scripts and shorter fiction. She won the 2010 New Zealand Post Children's Book Award for Young Adult Fiction for The Crossing - the first in the Blood of the Lamb trilogy

Costa Book Awards - The Shortlists

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Costa Book Awards Shortlists


2012 Costa Novel Award shortlist
Hilary Mantel - Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Stephen May - Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury)
James Meek - The Heart Broke In (Canongate)
Joff Winterhart - Days of the Bagnold Summer (Jonathan Cape)

2012 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
J W Ironmonger - The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Jess Richards - Snake Ropes (Sceptre)
Francesca Segal - The Innocents (Chatto & Windus)
Benjamin Wood - The Bellwether Revivals (Simon & Schuster)

2012 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Artemis Cooper - Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure (John Murray)
Selina Guinness - The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a
Farm and a Family (Penguin Ireland)
Kate Hubbard - Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household (Chatto & Windus)
Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot - Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (Jonathan Cape)

2012 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Sean Borodale - Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape)
Julia Copus - The World's Two Smallest Humans (Faber and Faber)
Selima Hill - People Who Like Meatballs (Bloodaxe Books)
Kathleen Jamie - The Overhaul (Picador)

2012 Costa Children's Book Award shortlist
Sally Gardner - Maggot Moon (Hot Key Books)
Diana Hendry - The Seeing (The Bodley Head)
Hayley Long - What's Up with Jody Barton? (Macmillan Children's Books)
Dave Shelton - A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (David Fickling Books)

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on 29th January, 2013.

Time To get Real

says German editor, Doris Janhsen:

"I think that people in the YA audience are getting tired of paranormal because it's the same thing over and over again, and you can only read it so many times. So it's a question of 'let's get more real, please.' We've seen vampires, we've seen werewolves, we've seen this and that. And part of it is that bookstores and booksellers themselves are getting tired of it. We've published a new series, Night School by C.J. Daugherty (to be published by Atom, Little, Brown in the UK and Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins in the US), that's suspense but not paranormal. And it seems to be working well--pre-sales and booksellers' reactions are saying that the books are suspenseful, and booksellers have been displaying it in the front of the stores and getting a strong reaction.

"It's time, I think, to get more real."

Snowman Sequel

as reported in The Observer:

Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman, which has been a television favourite since its first screening 30 years ago, has endorsed a sequel to be aired at Christmas, calling it "absolutely super".

The new film, The Snowman and the Snowdog, is set 30 years on from the original. It opens with a boy mourning the death of his dog while snow falls outside. He lifts up a floorboard and finds an old scarf with snowmen printed on it, a memento stowed away long ago by another child. Inspired, he goes outside and builds a snowman and snow dog, with a satsuma for a nose and mismatched socks for ears.

Clever Ground-Breaking Stuff From Nosy Crow

From January, every one of Nosy Crow's paperback picture books (and existing picture book titles, as they come up for re-print) will come with a FREE audio reading using children's voices, complete with sound effects and original music. To activate the audio reading, all you have to do is scan a QR code on the inside cover of the book, and the audio will be streamed from the web (over 3G or WiFi).

I tested this out with The Princess And The Peas, using an android phone and a standard not-so-good 3G connection, and it worked fantastically well. Of course, the true test will come once the books are published and lots of people are trying to stream the audio at the same time.

Personally, I hope Kate and her team reconsider the use of children's voices across the board for the audio, but it's a great innovation and heralds the end of those book + CD bundles.

Read more here:

ACHUKAbooks - The Collection - For Free

Here is a fantastic opportunity to acquire the full inaugural year's list of ACHUKAbooks for 99c/77p.
Yes, that's eight titles for under a dollar.
For one day only (TODAY) seven of the titles are on free download promotion, and Sophie Masson's MY BROTHER WILL available for just 99c.

So whether you're a new Kindle owner looking to stack up some quality reading, or someone who reads on an iPad and would appreciate a stylish array of co-ordinated covers on your iBooks shelves, or just an avid reader who uses the Kindle app on whatever is your chosen device, this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire ACHUKAbooks' inaugural year list.

Remember, the special promotion on these links only applies TODAY, Sunday 18th November: link

Guardian Review

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Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket, reviewed by Josh Lacey

Neatly packaged in a small hardback and evocatively illustrated by Canadian cartoonist Seth (see picture), the latest adventures of Lemony Snicket are filled with themes and obsessions familiar from the chronicles of the Baudelaires - abandonment, loneliness, the slippery nature of language - and wrapped in a web of obscure references to everything from Saki's short stories to the titles of Duke Ellington's albums. Will any reader get all these references? Of course not, but that's part of the joy of the book, the sense that you're inhabiting a fictional universe whose boundaries you can't reach. Some children's novelists limit themselves to what they think their readers are capable of; Handler creates his own fantastical world and invites us to find our own way through it.

A Series of Unfortunate Events started brilliantly, but dipped in quality over its 13 books; this time, sensibly, Handler has limited himself to only four. The first is a charming, clever and enormously enjoyable little mystery which asks all sorts of questions, but answers very few of them; I'm already impatient to read the rest of the series. JOSH LACEY

Menacing Nursery Rhymes

Dianne Hofmeyr on the meanacing world of nursery rhymes as depicted in the art of Paula Rego.

Was there ever anything more menacing than this girl in the arms of the powerful ram? And is she waving to the curious boy down the lane or calling for help?

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Winner

Robert Winston's Science Experiments, a book packed with fun, exciting and often explosive experiments young people can do at home, has won the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012.

The book by Robert Winston and Ian Graham and published by Dorling Kindersley, was chosen from a shortlist of six by over 1000 young people from 120 schools and youth groups around the UK.

James Daunt Interview

James Daunt, in upbeat mode, hints at possible continental expansion:

[Daunt] does still believe it is possible to expand Waterstones despite the struggles of the book trade. If you want clues to where he points to Amsterdam and Brussels. 'They are two of our most profitable and successful shops,' he says. 'So it is rather odd to have just two isn't it?' A march on the Continent looks as if it could be on the cards.

National Book Award Winners

The winners were:

Fiction: Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Non-Fiction: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Poetry: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Young People's Literature: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

Stop Calling Books For Children 'Young Adult' Books

complains Monica Edinger:

More and more I'm seeing "young adult book" used in popular culture as an umbrella term for a wide assortment of titles -- only some of which are actually teen books. In articles, favorites lists and blog posts, books being identified as young adult are in fact books for younger readers -- children that is...

A Book Reviewer Tries Reading On A Kindle

Ron Charles, fiction editor for the Washington Post, tried reading a review title on the Kindle for the first time, and wrote about the experience. He makes some very valid observations:

The problem... didn't become obvious until I finished and sat down to write a review.

Usually, I flip through the galley and my endnotes, looking for major points to emphasize and striking quotations to include. A simple but crude system of CAPS, arrows and underlining draws my eye to themes I thought were important. And, what's more, I have a spatial sense of the book's architecture in my mind.

Not here.

On the Kindle, each screen shot floats in space, isolated from the previous or subsequent ones, an effect that left my memory of the book weirdly nebulous. Alan Jacobs wrote an interesting essay in the New Atlantis last year about how the switch from scrolls to the codex 2,000 years ago enabled a different kind of thinking. But something about the switch from the codex to the e-book disabled mine.

My essential marginal notes were reduced to footnote numbers; I could click on each one to read it, but I couldn't scan them as I flipped through the pages; I couldn't watch the progression of my own reactions.

Mike told me how to print out my notes and highlights from my online Kindle account, but that produced 10 numbing pages of tightly spaced comments tied to screen-shot numbers: e.g. "The kiss hurt as much as the pains in her throat. Read more at location 1515."

I don't have a good sense of where "location 1515" is . . .

Netflix Model For Children's Ebooks

Bookboard Wants to be Netflix for Children's E-Books...
A report from ComplexTech

Robert McCrum Joins The E-generation

As some of you will know by now, it sometimes takes me until midweek to catch up with the weekend papers. This is Robert McCrum ending his column in The Guardian's Saturday REVIEW:

I've just had my first experience of e-publishing, courtesy of Guardian books. In contrast to all my previous publications, it was clean, fast and virtual. As recently as August, we made three separate selections of my Observer journalism. I wrote three short introductions. Speedy formatting followed. There were no galleys, no delays, no bus rides to the typesetter. A week ago On Writing, On Reading and On Authors were launched, at £2.99 apiece. I'm delighted to have joined the e-generation, a new world and a brave one.

A print publication remains the basic requirement for newspaper reviews, journals and major prize entries, despite the vast range of work available online and in ebooks...

A theme dear to the heart of ACHUKAbooks!
James Bridle, writing in The Observer:

The book world still retains a base prejudice against digital, and especially digital-only works. A print publication remains the basic requirement for newspaper reviews, journals and major prize entries, despite the vast range of work available online and in ebooks. The whiff of vanity publishing still clings to independent publishing and the digital-only text. In the Victorian era, book-first works weren't considered serious: you were a "proper writer" if your work first received serial publication in a newspaper or magazine. That was the mark of editorial quality. As books became both more widely affordable and better produced, the focus shifted to hardbacks and paperbacks - and has remained there. Even paperbacks are often turned down for review: much hardback publication is still essentially in order to receive media notice to publicise the cheaper edition.

Lines will always be drawn. Many would argue that print reviews are less important now, and digital editions are better suited to online circulation, easily linked and discussed by communities of interest which don't need the imprimatur of vaunted critics. There are practical difficulties too, around formats and hardware. But newspaper readers and followers of literary prizes will be missing out if these works continue to fall outside their remit.

Macmillan Signs Up For Two New Cottrell Boyce Books

from The Bookseller, great news:

Macmillan Children's Books has acquired two new novels by award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce.  The books will be published in hardback in 2014 and 2015, followed by paperback editions a year later.  Publisher Belinda Rasmussen bought world rights in the titles from Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

Children's eBook Sales On The Rise


New studies have shown that children's ebook sales are on the rise, partially due to the crossover popularity of the young adult genre, but also due in large part to the increasing numbers of digital publishers that are producing high-quality but inexpensive children's books. Rather than detracting from the experience of reading, these tablet-based full color books are offering an even more interactive experience for young readers.

Sarah McIntyre

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Sarah McIntyre

Just been looking through the archive of Sarah McIntyre's blog. Bookmark it everyone!

Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman - Book Trailer

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New York Times Review

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New York Times Review

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech, revieiwed in the NYT by Elizabeth Weil

How can life be so painful yet so beautiful? How can we make sense of what we feel? Many of the most beloved children's books ask these questions by treading lightly on reality, allowing young readers to wade ankle-deep in the joys and agonies of being human without sinking into existential muck.

"The Great Unexpected" does just that. Two orphaned girls, one shown with only the faintest hint of a chest on the book's cover, are trying to understand loss, romance, jealousy and fortune in the backward town of Blackbird Tree. Within the first five pages a possibly-dead-yet-talking boy falls out of the sky. As in "Charlotte's Web" and "The Secret Garden," little of what takes place is realistic except for how the children feel. ELIZABETH WEIL

20 Things You Didn't Know About Grimm

Harvard professor Maria Tatar, editor, translator and annotator of the bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm, divulged some surprising facts about Grimms tales in a recent interview...

The heading should probably read "may not know", but nevertheless worht checking over:

1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm didn't intend their collection of fairy tales to be for children at all. It was part of a scholarly project to identify and preserve the true spirit of the Germanic people.

2. But Edgar Taylor, an Englishman, translated and published the stories in England in 1823, where kids loved them. German Popular Stories was so popular it inspired the Grimms to edit their collection for family reading. The rest is history: today their stories underpin literary and popular culture in the western world.

3. The Grimms didn't wander the countryside, braving woods and weather to glean tales from peasants in crumbling hovels. Their sources were mostly educated, middle-class women who were especially good raconteurs. Many came to the Grimms' home and recounted stories in genteel comfort, except for one retired soldier, who told his in exchange for old clothes.

follow the link for the rest...

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, reviewed by Philip Ardagh

Liar & Spy is very short, very American and very enjoyable. It's also very funny in places, such as the extraordinarily personal fortunes in the fortune cookies at Yum Li's. ("Why don't you look up once in a while? Is something wrong with your neck?") Rebecca Stead makes writing this well look easy. PHILIP ARDAGH

More Barry Loser

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More Barry Loser

Announcement from EGMONT:

Following nine rights deals and sales of over twenty thousand since launch in June, three further titles in the hilarious Barry Loser series have been commissioned.

These titles, by author/illustrator Jim Smith, will be in addition to the initial three book deal: I am (not) a Loser which launched in June 2012; I am (still not) a Loser which will publish in February 2013 and I am (so over being) a Loser which will publish in August 2013.

The three newly commissioned titles will publish in 2014 and early 2015.

I am not a Loser was the first title in Egmont's new humour imprint, Jelly Pie. Egmont announced Jelly Pie at Bologna 2012 and launched in June 2012. Head of Marketing, Mike Richards, said: 'We are delighted with the hugely positive reactions we've had to Barry Loser from the public, retailers and media alike. Humour is bigger than ever in children's publishing and, like Mr Gum, Barry Loser is immediately appealing to children all over the world. Barry's NOT a loser, he's a champ with a big future.'

Jim Smith graduated with a first class degree in illustration from Buckinghamshire College. He then went on to design the distinctive branding for the coffee shop chain Puccino's and is the creator of the massively popular Waldo Pancake merchandising brand He illustrates the Barry Loser books himself.

Guardian First Book Award Shortlist

Kevin Powers - The Yellow Birds

Kerry Hudson - Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

Chad Harbach - The Art of Fielding

Lindsey Hilsum - Sandstorm

Katherine Boo - Behind the Beautiful Forevers

"It's a very strong list this year," said Lisa Allardice, who is joined on the judging panel by authors Ahdaf Soueif, Kate Summerscale, William Dalrymple, Jeanette Winterson, and Guardian deputy editor, Katharine Viner.

The winner, who will receive £10,000, will be announced on 29 November.


Follthis story on Twitter with the hashtag #amazonageddon removed more than 4,000 e-books from its site this week after it tried and failed to get them more cheaply, a muscle-flexing move that is likely to have significant repercussions for the digital book market.

Amazon is under pressure from Wall Street to improve its anemic margins. At the same time, it is committed to selling e-books as cheaply as possible as a way to preserve the dominance of its Kindle devices.

When the Kindle contract for one of the country's largest book distributors, the Independent Publishers Group, came up for renewal, Amazon saw a chance to gain some ground at I.P.G.'s expense.

"They decided they wanted me to change my terms," said Mark Suchomel, president of the Chicago-based I.P.G. "It wasn't reasonable. There's only so far we can go."

With each side unwilling to yield, Amazon pulled the plug, and all of I.P.G.'s books for Kindle disappeared.

The Argus On Local Author's Funny Prize Win

Brighton's regional newspaper, The Argus, covers local writer's surprise win of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

As Jamie Thomson believably says:

"I really didn't expect to win. It feels really good.

"I thought, 'Great, I've been nominated', but I thought I'd no chance of winning when I saw the actual shortlist. I was comparing all the reviews they'd had on Amazon and things like that."

He added: "I couldn't believe it at first, but then ... it's wonderful. I'm sure it hasn't really sunk in, I suppose."

Governor General's Award Shortlist

It would be difficult to find five more different books than the children's text nominees for the Governor General's Literary Awards. Readers get teen romance in Under the Moon, a rollicking adventure tale in The Grave Robber's Apprentice, a rich fantasy novel in Seraphina, a tough, comic look at a kid's life in The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen and a modern fairytale in The Umbrella. Susan Noakes (for CBC Canada, takes a look at the five contenders. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Under the Moon by Deborah Kerbel

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman of Vancouver

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

The Umbrella by Judd Palmer

The Grave Robber's Apprentice by Allan Stratton

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 Winners

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Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012

Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Brighton-based games developer Jamie Thomson won the prize for the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen.

My Big Shouting Day by Cambridge based author/illustrator Rebecca Patterson was the winner in the six and under category.

ACHUKA attended the event along with a group of junior judges from Hawkes Farm school in Hailsham, East Sussex.

Greenaway Medal Longlist

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CILIP announced the longlists for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals today.

These are literally LONG lists. Such long lists indeed it must be very galling for authors, publishers and agents to find their books omitted.

The shortlists will be announced on 19th March 2013. The winners for The CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on 19th June 2013 at a ceremony in London.


The Big Snuggle-Up by Nicola Bayley (illustrator) and Brian Patten (Andersen Press)

North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth by Patrick Benson (illustrator) and Nick Dowson (Walker Books)

How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle (Puffin Books)

Have You Ever Ever Ever? by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Colin McNaughton (Walker Books)

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Michael Morpurgo (Walker Books)

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books)

The Goggle-Eyed Goats by Christopher Corr (illustrator) and Stephen Davies (Andersen Press)

Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon (Hutchinson)

Soonchild by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (Walker Books)

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)

Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)

Rabbityness by Jo Empson (Child's Play International)

Friends by Michael Foreman (Andersen Press)

Wild Child by Lorna Freytag (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis (Walker Books)

Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Robin Hood by Anne Yvonne Gilbert (illustrator) and Nicky Raven (Templar Publishing)

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham (Walker Books)

Again! by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)

Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)

Toys in Space by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

A First Book of Nature by Mark Hearld (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (Walker Books)

The Great Snortle Hunt by Kate Hindley (illustrator) and Claire Freedman (Simon & Schuster)

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow)

Children's Books)

Jonathan & Martha by Petr HoráÄ�ek (Phaidon)

The Hueys in The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by W.E. Joyce (co-illustrator and writer) and Joe Bluhm (illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

Goldilocks on CCTV by Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) and John Agard (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Kate Leiper (illustrator) and Theresa Breslin (Floris Books)

Demolition by Brian Lovelock (illustrator) and Sally Sutton (Walker Books)

The Skeleton Pirate by David Lucas (Walker Books)

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould (Hodder Children's Books)

The Worst Princess by Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) and Anna Kemp (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (Puffin Books)

My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Jonathan Cape)

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar Publishing)

Where is Fred? by Ali Pye (illustrator) and Edward Hardy (Egmont Books)

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray (Orchard Books)

The Yoga Ogre by Simon Rickerty (illustrator) and Peter Bently (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

One Cool Cat by David Roberts (illustrator) and Susannah Corbett (Egmont Children's Books)

Who Am I? by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Gervase Phinn (Andersen Press)

Fly, Chick, Fly! by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis (Andersen Press)

Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (Walker Books)

Just Imagine by Nick Sharratt (illustrator) and Pippa Goodhart (Doubleday Children's Books)

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)

ABC London by Kate Slater (illustrator) and James Dunn (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children's Books)

Ella by Alex T. Smith (Scholastic)

Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson (Templar Publishing)

Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower (Templar Publishing)

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse by Helen Ward (Templar Publishing)

Leave Me Alone by Lee Wildish (illustrator) and Kes Gray (Hodder Children's Books)

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems (Walker Books)

Eric! by Christopher Wormell (Jonathan Cape)

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates (Jonathan Cape)

Hans and Matilda by Yokococo (Templar Publishing)

Carnegie Longlist

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CILIP announced the longlists for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals today.

These are literally LONG lists. Such long lists indeed it must be very galling for authors, publishers and agents to find their books omitted.

The shortlists will be announced on 19th March 2013. The winners for The CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on 19th June 2013 at a ceremony in London.


  • Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

  • The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond (Puffin Books)

  • Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke (Walker Books)

  • The Traitors by Tom Becker (Scholastic)

  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (Doubleday Children's Books)

  • Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • Spy For The Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin (Doubleday Children's Books)

  • Naked by Kevin Brooks (Puffin Books)

  • Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess (Puffin Books)

  • Dead Time by Anne Cassidy (Bloomsbury)

  • VIII by H.M. Castor (Templar Publishing)

  • Dying To Know You by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)

  • The Broken Road by B.R. Collins (Bloomsbury)

  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walker Books)

  • 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins (Oxford University Press)

  • After the Snow by S.D. Crockett (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

  • Scramasax by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Quercus Publishing)

  • Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson (Oxford University Press)

  • Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury)

  • A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle (Marion Lloyd Books)

  • Saving Daisy by Phil Earle (Puffin Books)

  • Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean (Brambleby Books)

  • The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber and Faber)

  • Trouble in Toadpool by Anne Fine (Doubleday Children's Books)

  • Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher (Hodder Children's Books)

  • The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner (Indigo)

  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

  • After by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin Books)

  • To Be A Cat by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)

  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Children's Books)

  • The Seeing by Diana Hendry (Bodley Head)

  • Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan (Walker Books)

  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (Walker Books)

  • The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson (Marion Lloyd Books)

  • The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press)

  • The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children's Books)

  • In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)

  • The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (David Fickling Books)

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children's Books)

  • Itch by Simon Mayo (Corgi Children's Books)

  • At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

  • The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (Andersen Press)

  • The Treasure House by Linda Newbery (Orion Children's Books)

  • All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls (Marion Lloyd Books)

  • This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (Random House David Fickling Books)

  • Hitler's Angel by William Osborne (Chicken House)

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Bodley Head)

  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver (Puffin Books)

  • Burn Mark by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury)

  • Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil (David Fickling Books)

  • Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury)

  • This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees (Bloomsbury)

  • Goblins by Philip Reeve (Marion Lloyd Books)

  • Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (Puffin Books)

  • Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts (Templar Publishing)

  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)

  • A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)

  • The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon (Profile Books)

  • The Flask by Nicky Singer (HarperCollins Children's Books)

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)

  • A Skull in Shadows Lane by Robert Swindells (Corgi Children's Books)

  • A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

FCBG Conference March 2013

Booking now open.... (follow the link)

The conference is open to both members and non-members (though the former enjoy a discount which makes it worthwhile becoming a member), and this year visiting speakers include Michelle Paver, Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Marcus Sedgwick, Annabel Pitcher, Emma Chichester Clark, Harriet Castor, Gill Lewis, Mary Hooper , Sally Nicholls, Andrew Hammond, Adele Geras, Malaika Rose Stanley, Liz Pichon, Elen Caldecott, Colin Mulhern, Jonathan Meres, Angie Sage, Conrad Mason, Melvin Burgess, Rachel Ward, Jane Ray and Alex T. Smith.

Family Favourites - Picture Books

A penguin, a pancake and Cinderella's bum are among the attractions in this month's favourite picture books from The Guardian's family reviewers...

presented in picture gallery format

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by S F Said

Oblivion maintains a propulsive momentum, powered by [Horowitz's] trademark storytelling virtues: relentlessly piling on action, building suspense, teasing the reader with tantalising cliffhangers. Whether he fully achieves his deeper ambitions or not, it's exciting to see so big and bold a book being written for a young audience, who will find much here to think about, and much to enjoy. S F SAID

Ibby Conference - Last Chance To Book

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Bookings are still open for the 19th annual IBBY/NCRCL MA conference; however they will close on Monday 5 November. There are only a few places left so book your place now!

The conference will take place in Grove House, Froebel College on Saturday 10 November 2012.

All bookings for the conference need to be made online:

the day's programme includes children's book historian Matthew Grenby; innovative publishers Nosy Crow, Winged Chariot, and Hot Key Books on digital developments; award-winning author Sita Brahmachari; school librarian Kay Waddilove talking to young book reviewers; national children's dramatist David Wood; Pop Up director Dylan Calder speaking with author Candy Gourlay, and author/illustrators James Mayhew and Karin Littlewood; and Jim Kay, Greenaway Award-winning illustrator of 'A Monster Calls'.

The day also features a range of stimulating parallel sessions on themes such as performance and adaptation, online writing communities, merchandising and the book as material object, new forms of publishing, and more...

Federation of Children's Book Groups

A newly designed website for the Federation of Children's Book Groups...

Very much worth checking out and bookmarking.

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