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Winnie-the-Pooh Auction

A collection of original illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh and his animal friends by EH Shepard sold for 1.26 million pounds at auction in London on Wednesday, Sotheby's auction house...

IBBY Auction

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HELP IBBY UK RAISE £10,000 by CHRISTMAS and find a unique Christmas gift at the same time.

The IBBY WORLD CONGRESS 2012 AUCTION is now live on eBay. Take an opportunity to bid for:
a limited edition print by the artist Jackie Morris
a piece of original artwork by Jane Ray, Emily Gravett, David Melling, Jan Fearnley or Marcia Williams
Take tea for two at the Ritz with Vivian French
Snap up a limited edition of The Series of Unfortunate Events
or a handwritten original poem by Gatty/Kevin Crossley-Holland, framed and signed.

These are just a few of the items that have been donated by children's authors, illustrators and publishers. We thank them for their generosity.

To make a bid - Visit eBay and search for listings with IBBY in the title. Our username is IBBY CONGRESS2012

IBBY ebay Auction

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In November, bidders on eBay will be given the opportunity to own an original Emily Gravett illustration, a rare first edition set of a Darren Shan novel or appear as a character in the next Cliff McNish book. These are just a few of the long list of pledges that children's writers and illustrators have generously donated for the IBBY World Congress Benefit auction.

London is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games but more importantly for worldwide reading promotion and literacy it will also host the IBBY World Congress, a biennial conference for publishers, authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, booksellers, cultural institutes and reading organisations. Attracting 1,000 delegates from over 70 countries, this congress will provide professional and academic opportunities and cultural exchange for those working to develop children's reading and access to books. Plans for a children's congress, to support IBBY's mission to promote international understanding through children's books and reading are also underway.

To support the development of this event of national and international importance and prestige, IBBY UK is mounting the eBay benefit auction, which will be held between the 8th and 22nd November (final auctions closing on the 22nd November).

Handler As Pop Video Director

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Pitchfork: Stars' Torquil Campbell Preps Second Memphis Album

Daniel Handler s set to co-direct the video to accompany release of a new single by Memphis (from their second album A Little Place In The Wilderness)

"I'll Do Whatever You Want" is an upbeat, likeable piece of dreamy guitar pop with a couple of keyboard flourishes thrown into the background for good measure. That is, it sounds a lot like a Stars song, which is not a bad thing. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket children's books, will co-direct (with Campbell) the song's video, which will be filmed in Vancouver in early September.

Beatrix Potter Statue

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US actress Renee Zellweger has attended the unveiling of a statue honouring the children's author Beatrix Potter.

The Oscar-winning star said she hoped the 4.5 metre bronze statue at Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, would become "a distinctive local landmark".

Book Of The Year

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J. K. Rowling's ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,'' won the WHSmith Book of the Year prize at the 17th annual British Book Awards.

The awards will be broadcast on Saturday on Channel 4.

Scholatic Press Release

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler sign up to Scholastic UK Ltd

Alison Green Books, the new eponymous imprint of Scholastic UK Ltd, is delighted to announce the acquisition of TIDDLER, the latest picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Julia and Axel are the best-selling and award winning picture book team behind many favourite books for children, including THE GRUFFALO and ROOM ON THE BROOM.

In TIDDLER, Julia Donaldson has created a hugely appealing character - a little fish with a very big imagination. It�s a story about the importance of story-telling and is written in rhyme, with loads of opportunities for children to join in. Axel Scheffler loves the story and is looking forward to the challenge of creating a new and distinctive visual world for it.

Alison Green joined Scholastic UK in 2005 to set up her own imprint, publishing picture books and novelty books. Regarding this latest acquisition for her list, she says:

�I have worked with Axel and Julia for over ten years and I'm thrilled to be working with them again. They are an extraordinary team - every book they make is a classic. I love the story of TIDDLER; it is packed full of the warmth and humour that only Julia can create. Children of all ages are going to love it.�

Publication is set for September 2007, and Scholastic look forward to continuing their relationship with Julia and Axel into the future.

Meanwhile, Julia Donaldson will carry on writing a variety of books for Macmillan Children�s Books, which will be illustrated by, amongst others, Nick Sharratt and Lydia Monks.

Poetry As Rescue Remedy

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Amanda Craig reviews some recent children's poetry collections, objecting to some - either on the grounds that the poems included will appeal to adults but not to children, or because they have been selected to act as First-Aid For Parents (the subtitle of one of the books reviewed) - and liking best the collections put together by poets:

The best collections of poetry are inevitably made by poets, and while both The Rattle Bag and Charles Causley�s collection for Macmillan are equally essential, the next best is The New Faber Book of Children�s Verse edited by Matthew Sweeney. This is not new (it has been around since 2001) but has been reissued by the publishers to be in the shops for Christmas. I don�t much care for the illustrations by Sarah Fanelli, but what is so good about this refreshingly astringent collection is the freshness of much of the material � Sweeney has looked out for �poems written for adults that I felt would speak to children�, and they do.

Grandpa Morpurgo

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Guardian Unlimited | Family | There was an old man with a beard

Starting next week, Michael Morpurgo will be writing a monthly column for The Guardian about being a grandparent.

This article is a sort of introduction to the monthly column.

ACHUKA Auctions

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ACHUKA's Ebay page is a week old. The response has been good, but with several of the Auctions reaching their deadline this weekend, there are still bargains to be had.

It's ACHUKA policy to list everything at a very low first-bid price, with no reserve, allowing items to find their own value.

The current bid on our first STAR Auction, an Artemis Fowl proof copy, is just over ?30. Elsewhere on Ebay, another Fowl proof, has reached ?143.10. See for yourself.

A recent addition to the listings is a signed first edition UK hardback of Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, a title that dealers can ask anything between 250 and 300 dollars for. So far there has been only one opening bid - ?4.99! [Correction as of 7.24 am - 2 bids] Watch this space!

There have been quite a few hits, but no bids yet, on this... Perhaps people are just 'watching'.

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