This issue’s cover illustration is from The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold illustrated by Emily Gravett. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.

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Book of the week


Inside the Villains (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Clotilde Perrin

(Gecko Press)
12p, NOVELTY, PICTURE BOOK, POP-UP, 978-1776571987, RRP £16.99, Hardcover


Everybody loves a villain, and this huge book brings readers up very close indeed to three of the best (or should that be worst?).


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The Key to Flambards (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Linda Newbery
(David Fickling Books)

310pp, 978-1788450041, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This book is designed as a sequel to the series by K.M.Peyton known as the Flambards novels. The book is set after the end of the final book in the Peyton series.


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I Was Made For You (Under 5s Pre-School/Nursery/Infant)

David Lucas
(Andersen Press)

40pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1783446056, RRP £11.99, Hardcover


This delightful picture book has just the right mixture of humour, adventure, jeopardy and sentiment, as woolly Cat sets off into the snowy Christmas night to find out why he has been made.


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Reading & Rebellion. An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960 (Books About Children's Books)

Kimberley Reynolds, Michael Rosen and Jane Rosen
(OUP Oxford)

496pp, NON FICTION, 978-0198806189, RRP £25.00, Hardcover


Packed with unfamiliar material from and about authors stretching from the well-known to the totally obscure, this anthology breathes new life into a branch of British children’s literature too long overlooked or simply ignored.


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First Prize for the Worst Witch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Jill Murphy
(Puffin)

192pp, 978-0141355092, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


For many years now Murphy has provided excellent read aloud material for teachers, librarians and parents – and this latest book is well up to her distinguished mark.


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FAR FROM HOME WINS THE 2018 EDUCATIONAL WRITERS’ AWARD

Cath Senker wins EWA 2018

The winner of the 2018 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s sole award for creative educational writing, is Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty by Cath Senker.


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COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2018: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Costa have announced the shortlist for the 2018 Costa Children’s Book Award. In a record year for submissions, four have made it onto a strong shortlist.


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PATRICE LAWRENCE AND DARREN CHETTY TO JUDGE 2019 LITTLE REBELS AWARD

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Award-winning YA author Patrice Lawrence and Books for Keeps contributor Darren Chetty have been named as judges of the 2019 Little Rebels Award.


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SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS

The shortlists have been announced for the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards.


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NOMINATIONS PUBLISHED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE & KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS 2019

Nominations have been published for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the country's oldest children’s book awards. 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal.


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