Albert Uderzo, Asterix illustrator, died 24 March 2020.
Here is a collection of obituaries:
In these freely available resources, quality-checked and curated by ACHUKA and being added too all the time, the original spirit of of the Internet lives on.
We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
• The Secret Dragon by Ed Clarke (Puffin 2019)
• Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day (Puffin 2019)
• Storm Hound by Claire Fayers (Macmillan Children’s Books 2019)
• Where Magic Hides by Cat Weatherill (Gomer 2019)
Welsh-language Shortlist – Primary
• Y Ddinas Uchel (The High City) by Huw Aaron (Atebol 2019)
• Genod Gwych a Merched Medrus (Great Girls and Skilled Women) by Medi Jones-Jackson (Y Lolfa 2019)
• Pobol Drws Nesaf (The People Next Door) by Manon Steffan Ros and Jac Jones (Y Lolfa 2019)
Welsh-language Shortlist – Secondary
• Byw yn fy Nghroen (Living in my Skin) edited by Sioned Erin Hughes (Y Lolfa 2019)
• Tom by Cynan Llwyd (Y Lolfa 2019)
• Madi by Dewi Wyn Williams (Atebol 2019)
“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open,” announces Audible.
The company has launched Audible Stories, giving children everywhere free access to streaming a selection of books, including titles across six different languages.
But don’t get too excited. The majority of authors children are likely to search for are not included.
The ten books shortlisted for the 2020 YA Book Prize are:
The judges for the prize are
School Library Association’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year, Lucas Maxwell;
author and inaugural Children’s Laureate for Wales, Eloise Williams;
Stacey Croft, blogger and brand and digital marketing manager at National Book Tokens;
body positivity campaigner and influencer Megan Crabbe.
The judging panel will be joined by teenage judges from schools across the country and Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of The Hay Festival, which is partnering with The Bookseller on the prize.
The panel will be chaired by The Bookseller’s deputy features editor Caroline Carpenter.
Whatever one’s views about the way Waterstones handled the situation when feelings amongst its staff and the public at large were running high last weekend, most fair-minded people will want to see both independent booksellers AND a national bookchain surviving this current crisis.
I fully understand why people who have an independent bookshop in their local town, or in one they visit regularly, would wish to support it.
What I don’t understand is why people would rather order books via Hive or by post from a distant bookshop rather than shop in their local Waterstones. Fortunately I think this group of people is quite small, though likely to have had its numbers increased (for a short time) by the emotions that were stoked up online a short while ago.
ACHUKA began its existence in 1997 affiliated to a UK company called Bookpages. When Bookpages was subsumed by Amazon we became, for many years, an Amazon affiliate, something I felt increasingly uncomfortable about.
For several years the Waterstones online presence wasn’t fit for purpose, so we retained Amazon links alongside the Waterstones links. For quite a while now we have only carried Waterstones links. The book chain’s website has improved beyond all measure and the mobile app is really excellent.
In the weeks and, in all likelihood, months in which high street shops remain shut I would encourage all, except those who have a special loyalty to a local independent, to carry on buying books via the Waterstones app and the Waterstones website – using ACHUKA’s Book of the Day recommendations and general listing pages to guide them to the best in current children’s and YA offerings.
The Bookseller reports that Bloomsbury Children’s Books has licensed Katherine Rundell’s first two children’s novels from Faber & Faber. This includes the multiple award-winning adventure Rooftoppers, the new edition of whichwill publish on 28th May.
“[It’s the start of a] repackaging strategy for Rundell, bringing her books–each with a brand-new author’s note–into one clear brand direction,” the publisher told The Bookseller.
The shortlists for these awards are announced today Thu 19 Mar 2020. The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2020 are scheduled to be announced on Wednesday 17th June. Now in its second year, the Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals – will be announced alongside the two Medal winners.
2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist (alphabetical by author surname):
2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname):
Australian children’s author Margaret Wild has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
The award ‘acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature’.
Wild has published over 70 children’s books, with recent titles including picture books The Feather (illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare), The Sloth Who Came to Stay (illus by Vivienne To, A&U) and Bogtrotter (illus by Judith Rossell, Walker Books).