Raymond Briggs has died, aged 88.
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Raymond Briggs has died, aged 88.
links to further full obituaries will be added as they appear…
Nosy Crow will be accepting submissions for Graphic Novels between August and September! Read the full details here: https://t.co/RMjIsIqxGU
— Nosy Crow (@NosyCrow) July 26, 2022
What we are looking for:
An exciting, commercial graphic novel for children between the ages of 5-12, in any fiction genre. The main characters can be humans, animals, fantasy creatures or a mixture – the possibilities are endless!
If you are new to children’s publishing, standard target age ranges are 5-7, 7-9 and 9-12. We recommend you look at already published fiction books and graphic novels in the market to get an idea of what is out there.
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Joseph Coelho has been appointed the next Children’s Laureate, taking over from Cressida Cowell.
Previous Children’s Laureates:
Danica Novgorodoff is the winner of the 2022 Yoto Greenaway Medal for her illustrations to the graphic novel version of Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down picked as an ACHUKA Book of The Day in November 2020. It’s the first time a graphic novel has been selected as the winner since Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in 1973.
Novgorodoff, a writer and graphic artist, graduated from Yale in 20o2. During her time at Yale, she worked as an assistant to photographer Sally Mann.
After some attempts at self-publishing (see below), her first published title was Slow Storm, a graphic novel published by First Second Books.
This was followed by Refresh, Refresh and The Undertaking Of Lily Chen.
She was recently interviewed by Jake Hope for Books for Keeps and told him: “‘I self-published several short books, mini-comics and comics before I was published… ‘I was in my twenties in New York and would ride my bike around asking shops ‘will you take this book on consignment’ where you give them a book and if they sell it, you go back and collect the money. It’s a real process and a money-losing prospect, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Danica delivered a powerful acceptance speech following the award announcement, expounding on the merits of illustrated stories. In the BfK interview, she says, “The best graphic novels combine text and images in a way that’s really fascinating. You’re reading two types of media at the same time. You’re getting information from each which makes your mind work in a different way than happens with other types of literature or visual media. There are so many different possibilities around what you can do when combining texts and images.”
Danica was a recent guest on The Perks of Being a Book Lover podcast.
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Katya Balen has won both the judges award and the shadowing group’s vote for her novel October, October.
— Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards (@CILIPCKG) June 16, 2022
Katya Balen studied English at university and completed post-grad study about the impact of stories on autistic children’s behaviour.
Her debut children’s novel The Space We’re In was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week as well as being shortlisted for the Branford Boase award. October, October, her second novel, and now the 2022 Carnegie winner, was again selected as the Times Children’s Book of the Week and was also an ACHUKA Book of the Day choice. Her third book, The Light in Everything, published earlier this year and also an ACHUKA Book of the Day, is an affirming story of blended families with illustrations by Sydney Smith.
She is co-founder of Mainspring Arts, a not-for-profit organisation that provides mentoring and creative opportunities for neurodivergent adults.
In contrast to most other children’s writers these days, Katya Balen keeps a fairly low profile online. She doesn’t have an author website, is not on Instagram or TikTok, but can be followed on Twitter.
The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize was announced this evening, Wednesday 18 May. Established in 2016, the prize was set up to honour Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and one of the most influential figures in children’s picture books. It is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.
From a longlist of twenty-four picture books by debut illustrators, the panel of judges have chosen six to shortlist. This year’s judges are award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett; Flavia Z Drago, 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Nikki Bi, Co-Founder and the Beyond Books Lead at Civic Square in Birmingham; and Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, Director, Hay Children’s Festival.
They were looking for fresh, exciting picture book illustrators and, after two years of pandemic isolation, stories that reflected our desire for community, freedom and joy. The six shortlisted books star a lonely mammoth (in New York), a bear with extraordinary hair, and an alley cat rally driver (at the wheel of a washing machine); one is set at the swimming pool, another on the deck of the RMS Carpathia, the ship that sailed to the Titanic’s rescue. Themes include the importance of choice, the urgency of cleaning our polluted oceans, and being yourself.
The six shortlisted books are:
Mammoth, Adam Beer, written by Anna Kemp, editor Helen Mackenzie Smith, art director Jane Buckley (Simon and Schuster)
The story of a mammoth with nobody to trumpet with, the judges found this joyful and full of humour. They loved how Adam Beer gives this mammoth real personality and admire the way the illustrations are full of detail, offering a wonderful variety of perspectives. They felt the text and illustrations work together particularly well.
Rescuing Titanic, Flora Delargy, editor Lucy Brownridge, art director Karissa Santos (Wide Eyed Editions) [ACHUKA Book of the Day 24 Nov 2021]
Flora Delargy’s book is an illustrated version of the true story of the RMS Carpathia, which changed course mid voyage to help rescue survivors of the Titanic disaster. The judges admired her use of colour and light and the way she fills the different scenes with life and movement, capturing the full drama of the events.
Pierre’s New Hair, Joseph Hollis, editor Emilia Will, designer Jade Wheaton (Tate)
Pierre is a bear who loves hair and roller-skating. But can his moves and his quiff impress his favourite roller disco team, the Poodle Squad? The judges loved the anarchy and edge Joseph Hollis brings to his story, and his clever use of the pages and layout. Despite the absurdity, he builds a believable world, the details adding up into something real.
The Tale of the Whale, Padmacandra, written by Karen Swann, editor Janice Thomson, designer Ness Wood (Scallywag Press)
A small child begins a magical journey on the back of a huge and beautiful baleen whale. Together they sail the oceans, dancing with dolphins, diving through the blue seas and exploring the ocean beds. The judges admired the way the illustrations carry the story “so that you are swimming with the whale”. Padmacandra’s images are full of atmosphere and beautiful to look at.
Choices, Roozeboos, designer Sarah Dellow (Child’s Play)
This book is all about choices: little ones (like which ice cream to have), big ones (such as whether to go on the super-duper giant slide), and whether to dive into the swimming pool, even though you are afraid. The judges describe this book as freewheeling and full of energy, with an unruly chaos that feels completely genuine. The message about the importance of making choices is subtly delivered, and Roozeboos is clearly a great observer of humanity.
Alley Cat Rally, Ricky Trickartt, editor Emily Ball, designer Ivanna Khomyak (Flying Eye Books)
Asta the ginger cat reengineers the family washing machine into a racing car and signs on for the big cat auto race. She’s determined to show the other racers she’s no slow-poke but winning, well, that would be a dream come true. The judges loved the fizz and fun of Asta’s world and the clever details. Ricky Trickartt controls the pace of the story superbly and children will relish it.
Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “Our judges have selected a shortlist full of humour, drama, beauty and big ideas. We can see in these six books values that are intrinsic to so many of the picture books published by Klaus Flugge: empathy, diversity, a child-centredness and a generosity of spirit. The illustrators’ ability as artists and storytellers is very exciting. Post-pandemic, picture books are booming.”
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 September 2022 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has announced the 2022 shortlist for the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award). Established in 2003, the CLiPPA is the UK’s leading award for published poetry for children.
The full shortlist is:
Stars with Flaming Tails by Valerie Bloom, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max, Otter-Barry Books. The judges called this a lively demonstration of how children’s poetry can move from the personal to the planetary, the surreal to the scientific, laugh-out-loud to stop-and-think, in a breath.
Being Me Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha, illustrated by Victoria Jane Wheeler, Otter-Barry Books. The judges said: Being Me weaves three distinctive writing voices with a deft and witty illustrator’s eye to give young readers words and images to help them map all angles of their inner lives.
Caterpillar Cake by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Krina Patel-Sage, Otter-Barry Books. The judges said: Caterpillar Cake shows that we can bring subtlety and scope to the youngest reading ages by the power of reading aloud, not just hearing but feeling the words on your tongue.
The Crossing by Manjeet Mann, Penguin. The judges said: The Crossing combines the narrative reach of a novel and the line by-line impact of poetry to tell the most urgently contemporary of stories in personal voices we cannot ignore.
Cloud Soup by Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Elina Brasliņa, The Emma Press. The judges said: Cloud Soup whirls its readers deep into the play of the imagination so effortlessly that we barely notice how much we are learning about the craft, the thrilling possibilities, of poetry.
Poet and former professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales Philip Gross, who is chair of the judges, said, “This year’s crop of books shows the diverse energies of children’s poetry exploding in all directions, a glorious quandary for the judges to have: how to reduce this abundance to a shortlist, let alone a single winner. There seems to be a new confidence in the air, among publishers as well as writers – building on poetry’s full resources, searching out new growing points.”
Philip Gross is joined on the judging panel by fellow poets Nikita Gill and John Lyons, Becky Swain, Director of the Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Charlotte Hacking, Learning and Programme Director at CLPE.
In keeping with its aim of involving children in the CLiPPA celebrations, the shortlist was announced live at a special event at the Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University, hosted by poet Ruth Awolola. Schools from across the city attended with pupils reading poems from each of the shortlisted collections on stage. Shortlisted poets Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Laura Mucha and Kate Wakeling also attended and read their poems for the hugely enthusiastic audience.
The Shadowing Scheme is free for schools and launches on 17 May 2022.
The next date on the CLiPPA calendar is a celebration at The Globe on 20 June when shortlisted poets will perform for another live audience at the Poetry By Heart competition finals at The Globe.
The winner of the CLiPPA 2022 will be announced at a very special ceremony in central London on Friday 8 July. The venue is the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Young winners of the 2022 Shadowing Scheme competition will perform live onstage to an invited audience as will all the shortlisted poets. The event will be streamed live into schools across the UK and beyond.
The shortlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award is announced today. Founded in 2000 to commemorate author Henrietta Branford and influential Walker Books editor Wendy Boase, the Branford Boase Award is awarded annually to the author of the year’s outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
Each year the award identifies the most talented and exciting new authors for the young, with past shortlists reading like a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary children’s literature. Winners and shortlisted authors include Meg Rosoff, Muhammad Khan, Philip Reeve, Frances Hardinge, Patrick Ness, M.G. Leonard, andMarcus Sedgwick.
2022 saw a record number of submissions. From a longlist of 24, the judges have chosen eight to shortlist, making this the longest shortlist in the award’s history. As ever, the subject matter is very broad and there are books for readers aged 7 to 17: family dramas, fantasy adventure, science fiction and anarchic comedy.
The shortlist for the 2022 award in full:
Rooted in West African mythology and history, Skin of the Sea is a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. The judges admired its epic scale, successful world-building and dextrous use of myth.
When his grandmother arrives from China it feels like a catastrophe to Danny Chung, but his funny, intelligent Nai Nai turns out to be his best friend. The judges admired the depiction of the inter-generational relationship and felt the author’s love for the story she was telling.
A compelling, ambitious sci-fi thriller set on the streets of South-East London, blending theoretical physics with all-too-human tragedy. The judges admired the way the book flips the traditional urban narrative in a dynamic way, the author’s control of the timeline and recreation of teenage voices.
This challenging novel chronicles the grief of Josh and his mother after his father is killed in a terrorist attack and the attempt to radicalise Josh made by a group of white supremacists. The judges found it powerful, an unflinching exploration of an important subject with a raw sense of newness.
Evacuated from London to a Welsh valley Jimmy feels out of place. As hidden secrets emerge, the valley becomes more frightening even than the war. The judges describe this as atmospheric storytelling at its best, a story with an unforgettable sense of place.
A warm-hearted story that explores the importance of family, love, friendship and finding ways to communicate emotions and fears. The judges admired the strong emotional punch and noted the impact of its many tiny observations.
Billy Plimpton has a stammer, but he’s determined that it isn’t going to dictate how he is viewed at his new school or stop him achieving his dream of being a stand-up comic. The judges felt that readers absolutely inhabit Billy’s world and admired the touches of detail throughout the story.
Grimwood is a paradise for animals (or so it seems) which offers the perfect protection for young fox, Ted, and his protective sister, Nancy when they are forced to flee the city by mobster cat, Princess Buttons. The judges were impressed by the anarchic, irreverent, disrespectful tone, and it made them laugh out loud.
This year’s judges are
The judging panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in central London on Thursday 14 July 2022. The winning author receives a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor receive an inscribed plaque.
Andersen Press are continuing their commitment to supporting children and families with a free activity pack featuring their new Spring titles.
The pack is once again available to everyone free of charge – designed not only for families, but also bookshops and libraries who may be looking for activities to share with their patrons and customers. The pack features cover art from Carolina Rabei, from Mummy’s Special Day a brand-new picture book by Frances Stickley.
The Easter Holiday Fun! Activity Pack features free colouring sheets, word searches, drawing activities, matching games and more based on a selection of Andersen Press titles:
Also included is a competition — one family could win each book featured in the pack.
Sarah Kimmelman, Head of Marketing, says: “After the success of our previous packs we wanted to offer something accessible to as many people as possible to keep children entertained during the Easter holidays, whilst also introducing families to some of our gorgeous new books.”
The Easter Holiday Fun! Activity Pack is available to download free here: https://bit.ly/APEasterPack