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Nicholas John Firth wins Klaus Flugge Prize

Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. He won for his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend. ‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird is…

The Longest Journey

On the Essex coast between the village of Chelmbury and the ancient Saxon oyster-fishing hamlet of Wickaeldroth, lies the Great Marsh . It is one of the last of the wild places of England, a low, far-reaching expanse of grass and reeds and half-submerged meadow. Thus begins Spike Milligan and Ed Welch’s haunting audio and…

Beside the Seaside

We're feeling summer is just around the corner, so our blogger Kate Hancock has picked her favourite seaside books for children aged 3 - 6. The seaside and seashore is a topic with great scope, whatever your location and the weather outside. There are lots of things for children to discuss and explore with a…

Planning a Whole School Writing Project

Whole school writing projects are a fun, creative and simple way to enthuse children and promote writing across the curriculum writes Ian Eagleton. Here, Ian discusses how to use ‘The Matchbox Diary’ written by Paul Fleischman with illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline as a stimulus for a whole school writing project.   Getting started When children are…

Teaching Macbeth to Tom

Were not reading that, are we? It looks so old-fashioned, says Tom as he returns to class after break time. Just look at the cover- its not my type of book. Well, it seems some members of my inner city Year 5 class are not as keen to study the story of Macbeth as I…