The author writes, “When I came across the story of the boys marooned on Star an Armin in 1727, it tantalised me with its lack of detail. A party of fowlers went out to harvest gannets, feathers and eggs, and no boat came to take them home again. What did they suppose had happened? What explanation crossed their minds? How did they cope? I thought I knew where I wanted to take the story, but a usual the joy came in finding out as I went along. The novel is more guesswork than history…”
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Five friends – the beautiful elite at their exclusive prep school – reunite a year after graduation. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Back at the mansion belonging to one of the girls, a storm rages and a mysterious man knocks on the door, announcing something world-shattering. The friends must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die.
“A book of heady and delectable strangeness.” Imogen Russell Williams, GUARDIAN REVIEW
50 diverse folk tales and legends to go beside the successful collection A Year Full Of Stories.
Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl’s thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12. Set in the Himalayas.
Scholastic’s reading club editors have forecast kindness, book anniversaries, humor and reimagined classics as some of the top trends in kids books to look out for in 2017.
Examining how 2016′s news headlines can give children a false perception that the world is unkind and hostile, the publisher pinpoints forthcoming books for younger children, including How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? (pictured) by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague and What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio and Stephane Jorisch, that teach the importance of empathy, openness and sharing.
For older children looking for stories about unexpected friendships, Scholastic has its eye on 2017 titles such as The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel and perennial bestseller Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Another big trend on Scholastic’s radar is the reintroduction of modern classics to a new generation of readers. Titles launching next year to watch for include the 30th anniversary of The Magic School Bus, the 25th anniversary of Goosebumps and the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants.
WORLD BOOK DAY UK SET TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION BOOKS TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF READING
World Book Day UK has today (Friday 9 Sept) announced an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the goal of encouraging greater engagement with reading and ownership of books by children.
The reading for pleasure charity has recruited “national treasures” including David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson to help it reach more children and young people than ever. These authors will each contribute an official World Book Day £1 book, which children can get for free in exchange for the £1 book token available to all schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland.
Over the past 19 years, World Book Day UK has delivered 13 million £1 books into the hands of young people across the country. In 2016, the number of £1 books given away was 789,738. The charity’s aim for its 20th anniversary is to increase this number to one million.
World Book Day was first designated an international event by UNESCO in 1995 after being observed for over 70 years in Catalonia, where giving books to friends and family had become an annual tradition. It was first marked in the UK two years later in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards.
Founder of World Book Day UK, Baroness Gail Rebuck, also Chair of Penguin Random House UK and founder of Quick Reads, says: “In 1997 the level of children’s engagement with reading was at a point of national crisis. The previous year a Government report had been released showing that 42% of 11-year-olds failed to achieve level 4 in reading and writing on entry to secondary school. We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives. I’ve seen first-hand how World Book Day has affected social change and long may it continue.”
World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant says: “World Book Day is about creating readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people. It’s about encouraging them to visit their local bookshop and empowering them to make their own choices about the kinds of books they want to read. What better way to do this than offering them stories from the best writing and illustrating talent being published in the UK and Ireland today? We couldn’t be happier to have so many national treasures on board for our 20th anniversary – nobody can better capture children’s imaginations.”
The ten official World Book Day £1 books cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults. In 2017, the titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers will feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extraterrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series. For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks will contribute a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available. They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers will be able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond, and the official World Book Day 2017 illustrator is Liz Pichon, children’s book writer and illustrator/creator of the Tom Gates series.
The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full:
Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)
Fast Forward by Judi Curtin (O’Brien Press)
World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 2 March 2017. From January 2017, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries and schools, which they can use to claim their World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 27 February to 26 March.
Visit www.worldbookday.com 2016 for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.
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All the best people write fantasy, says Philip Womack, the author of The Darkening Path trilogy. He explains how to do it, in this Guardian Children’s Book piece… Follow the link below…
Philip Womack’s new fantasy trilogy The Darkening Path takes as its starting point Browning’s poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came and sends two children, Simon and Flora, on a quest to find and save their siblings, who have been snatched away by the terrifying Broken King. In the first book, The Broken King, they are chased through our world by the sinister Knight of the Swan. In The King’s Shadow, they find themselves in the strange land of the Broken King, a world of castles, knights and magic. The final book in The Darkening Path trilogy, The King’s Revenge, will be published in 2016.
On Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Gunn Museum in Washington, Connecticut will host a free opening reception for their new exhibit, Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr.
This retrospective exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Horace Mann School’s John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Washington and the 75th anniversary of the Dorr Foundation. Nell Dorr’s photographs and artifacts from the Massillon Museum in Ohio, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Texas, and area residents are featured in this show. New touch screen technology has been incorporated into the exhibit allowing visitors to watch friends and descendants share their stories about Nell Dorr and the lasting impact that she made on their lives and our town.
World Book Day 2015
video camera’s view of the crowd
I know from personal experience how much work is involved and how nerve-wracking it can be to organise a single author visit attended by groups from half a dozen schools with a total audience of just a few hundred, so just imagine how daunting it must have been to envisage inviting not five hundred but five thousand children to attend a World Book Day event at a football stadium.
spot the Wally’s
[In the space that follows I do not even touch upon all the logistics of getting the children to and from the stadium (a whole road being closed off for coach parking), or the work involved in sourcing and supplying the pre-ordered copies of books for attending school groups.]
In recent years the concept of a single World Book Day has expanded to embrace a series of events held in different locations, collectively known as the Biggest Bookshow On Earth.
Kirsten Grant of World Book Day
Last year, amongst the most successful of such Bookshows was one arranged by Jake Hope (previously of the Lancashire Library Service, now a freelance book consultant and events organiser) and Elaine Silverwood of Silverdell bookshop. That event was held in King George’s Hall, Blackburn, with an audience of 1000 children.
Frank Cottrell Boyce waves to the crowd
When Jake and Elaine were asked by Kirsten Grant of the World Book Day organisation to prepare to host a 2015 Bookshow on World Book Day itself, they were keen to try something a little bit big, a little bit audacious.
The warmup duo
Jake, now in his mid-thirties, was very keen to design an event that would excite and enthuse boys and, although no football fan himself, he conceived the notion of hosting the Bookshow at Preston North End stadium. It helped his cause that the previous year’s venue was unavailable for a repeat booking.
opportunistic shot of the two organisers
The format for the Bookshows – a panel of 6 authors, with one of the them serving as the MC – is the same for all, but each show is organised locally. So it was totally down to Jake and Elaine to approach the stadium and negotiate arrangements.
Jake and Kirsten survey the VIP guest list
Mark Farnworth, the football club’s ground safety officer, was their main liaison. Because it was an event that involved school children, Preston City Council‘s health & safety team also had to be reassured that adequate first aiders would be on hand, so a large team from St John Ambulance had to be engaged for the day.
Jake has been a great friend to ACHUKA over many years, so when I received an invitation to attend the event, I was quick to book a return rail ticket to Preston (a city I’d not previously visited).
Let’s be in no doubt – this was a major undertaking, and both the chief organisers are to be heartily congratulated on carrying off such a spectacular large-scale event that did World Book Day proud.
I was still hanging around long after the authors and other VIP guests had left, while Jake and Elaine – together with a small number of friends and helpers – put the Players Lounge (that had served as Green Room for the occasion) back to rights, and it was notable how repeatedly effusive the head groundsman was in his praise of the event. He went out of his way to say how much of an impact the children’s enthusiasm had made upon him – an enthusiasm that I am sure will have come across strongly in media coverage, which included CBBC Newsround, Granada TV and local radio.
Any event throws up things to consider for the future. The technical side of the day was ably overseen by a student team from the local university, but because three sides of the stadium were empty, there was a mushy reverb to the sound which made hearing some of the presentations and announcements difficult. Sometimes the radio microphones played up, and it would have been better to revert to hand-held sooner than happened.
Frank Cottrell Boyce [ can he be our next Laureate, please]
Kirsten Grant confirmed to me that this was the first roadshow held outside of a theatre-style setting. The format of author presentations was perhaps not best suited to the larger open-air venue and the acoustics of the stadium. The reading of extracts didn’t work as well as they do in more enclosed surroundings and there was a noticeable loss of audience engagement during these sections. The parts of presentations that worked best were those in which speakers connected directly with the audience: Cathy Cassidy communicating her passion for libraries, Cressida Cowell talking about her childhood holidays on a desolate Scottish Island, Frank Cottrell Boyce [whose slot was worst affected by radio mic issues] telling us about turning yellow as a boy, Danny Wallace in his amazingly confident and apparently debut author appearance.
Stephen Butler, a trained actor and MC for the occasion knew how best to engage such a broadly spread audience, with exaggerated gestures and comments directed to different parts of the football stand. This isn’t a skill that necessarily comes naturally to authors.
I’d love to think that this event will give World Book Day the confidence to organise similar large-scale gatherings in other stadiums, ideally with the inclusion of a poet or two. I couldn’t help thinking how John Agard or Jon Hegley might have animated the crowd – poetry is, after all, very popular with children in the 8-13 age group.
I think it’s a big ask to expect authors and illustrators to step up to ‘performing’ in a stadium without some prior experience of previous engagements with very large audiences.
This is a personal view, and I realise it would complicate the current roadshow stencil, but a big open air event probably requires a different format compared with the theatre-style shows – with a lead ‘act’ (someone with performance pedigree – one of the fore-mentioned poets, or Eoin Colfer, David Walliams…) being given the bulk of the time, with shorter slots for supporting authors.
But what a fantastic and memorable day this was.
World Book Day 2015 will go down in history as the year of the big venue.
Some early responses include:
“This was a spectacular event.” Gemma Jackson, Blackpool Gazette
“What an amazing day that was! My kids really loved it. They are thrilled with their books.” Sarah Goldson, Assistant Head Teacher Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic High School
“An awesome organisational feat. Fantastic media coverage. Huge statement about the love of books and reading.” Joy Court, Reviews Editor, School Librarian
“What an incredibly wonderful World Book Day event. 5,000 children from 100 schools! Thanks” Anna Ganley, Society of Authors
“What a way to celebrate World Book Day, to see some great authors, and to be surrounded by other book lovers. It was a delight to BE there.” Nikki Heath, School Librarian of the Year, 2008 Werneth School
John Green adapts his 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture for The Horn Book – highly recommended piece about the YA ‘genre’:
All of us together are making up what YA means as we go along. We are all creating the genre, by choosing what we read and write and lift up, by pushing ourselves and one another to think more complexly about teenagers as readers and as characters so that we might welcome them in to the great old conversations. This is no small thing. We are not in the widgets business, my friends. We are in the story business, the business of bringing light to the way-down-deep-darkness-which-is-you. And in that sense, at least, business is good, because that darkness ain’t going anywhere. Our need to turn scratches on a page into ideas that can live inside of our minds ain’t going anywhere. We’re not at risk of people losing interest in strangers coming to town or heroes going on journeys, and we will always need ways to escape the prison of consciousness and learn to imagine the Other complexly. And this is why, despite my ceaseless worry, I remain quite hopeful. We need to grow the breadth and diversity of YA literature. We need to get more books to more kids so that publishing doesn’t become a business driven entirely by blockbusters. And we need to preserve the roles — critics, librarians, professors, teachers — that contribute so much to the continual growth and change in our genre. None of this will be easy, of course, and it’s all intensely worrying.