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UKLA Book Awards winners announced

13/07/2019

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The winners of the UKLA Book Awards for 2019 - the only book awards to be judged solely by teachers - have been announced and include a picture book, middle grade adventure and a book for older readers.

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'Little Rebels' award winner

12/07/2019

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Author Catherine Johnson has won the 2019 Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction for her novel, Freedom, which follows a young enslaved boy after he is brought to England.

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Cressida Cowell is the new Children's Laureate

11/07/2019

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Cressida Cowell, bestselling author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, and author of the Emily Brown picture books, is the new Children's Laureate. She will hold the post until 2021.

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Steven Camden wins CLiPPA poetry award

04/07/2019

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Acclaimed script-writer and spoken word artist Steven Camden was today announced as the winner of the annual poetry award, CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award).

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Percy the Park Keeper Giveaway!

04/07/2019

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We're celebrating 30 years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with a giveaway of this funny new story in the series from award-winning author and illustrator, Nick Butterworth.

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Author visits to schools boost reading skills

28/06/2019

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New research from the National Literacy Trust shows that author visits to schools boost children and young people's reading skills and their enjoyment and confidence in reading and writing. However, only 1 in 4 pupils had an author visit this academic year, with those from the poorest backgrounds most likely to miss out.

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2019 School Librarian of the Year announced

28/06/2019

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Ros Harding at The King's School Chester has been awarded the honour of the School Librarian of the Year 2019. Author Sara Barnard presented Ros Harding with her award at a special ceremony in London.

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I Am Thunder wins Branford Boase Award

28/06/2019

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Muhammad Khan and his editor Lucy Pearse of Macmillan Children's Books (pictured) have been announced as the winners of the 2019 Branford Boase Award, which celebrates debut authors and their editors. The award is now in its 20th year.

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