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Book of the week


The Three Happy Lions (Under 5s Pre-School/Nursery/Infant)

Louise Fatio

32pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1912650712


The Happy Lion introduced in the book of the same name, has even more reason to be happy in this story. He has a partner he loves, and now they have a cub.


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Sequin and Stitch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Laura Dockrill
(Barrington Stoke)

104pp, 978-1781129319, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Laura Dockrill is already well known for her lively writing in prose and poetry. This is typical of her writing, and the concise prose required by Barrington Stoke suits her style. A story to delight all.


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The One that Got Away (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jan Mark
(Roffo Court Press)

368pp, ANTHOLOGY, 978-0993547324, RRP £10.00, Paperback


At least half of these domestic stories though are injected with mystery – inexplicable ghost stories.


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Empire's End: A Roman Story (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Leila Rasheed
(Scholastic)

208pp, INFORMATION STORY, 978-1407191393, RRP £6.99, Paperback


This is an addition to the Voices series which aims to bring history alive through the immediate voice of their protagonists.


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The House of One Hundred Clocks (8-10 Junior/Middle)

A. M. Howell
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474959568, RRP £6.99, Paperback


In Edwardian Cambridge, Helena, her beloved pet parrot Orbit and her father, recently bereaved after the loss of Helena’s mother, begin a new life in the home of the enigmatic Mr Westcott.


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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2021 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

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The shortlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award is announced today, Thursday 29 April 2021. Established in 2000, the Branford Boase is awarded annually to the author of an 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.


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CRESSIDA COWELL LAUNCHES NEW LAUREATE INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND CALLS ON PM TO ACT

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Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell MBE, has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reverse the spiralling inequality in education by putting primary school libraries at the heart of the country’s long-term response to the pandemic with a ring fenced, yearly investment of £100m.


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SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2021 UKLA BOOK AWARDS

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The shortlists for the 2021 UKLA Book Awards are announced today, 12 April. The awards are unique in being the only children’s book awards judged solely by teachers.


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2021 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS

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The shortlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are announced today, 18 March. The awards are the UK’s oldest for children and young people.

This year’s judges praised their shortlists for ‘offering hope and escapism during lockdown’ through explorations of freedom, the great outdoors and journeys through the natural world.


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NOW OPEN: 2021 HENRIETTA BRANFORD WRITING COMPETITION

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, the annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the Branford Boase Award, is now open.


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