Alex T. Smith Wins Sainsbury’s Children’s 5-9 Fiction Award!

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Great news! Fans of Alex T. Smith's adorable character Claude will be delighted that Going for Gold has won the 5-9 year old Fiction category of the prestigious Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards 2016. Claude can't wait to take part in a Very Exciting Sports Competition to win the gold cup, until a pair of shifty robbers steal it! Published by Hodder in March this year, Going for Gold is the eighth in this bestselling series, written and illustrated by Alex.

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Ada Twist, Scientist – Number One

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We are totally delighted that this weeks Number One spot on the Children's Books US Indie List and The New York Times Book Review Children's Best Sellers List is by our talented David Roberts and writer Andrea Beaty! Along with their previous title Rosie Revere Engineer also achieving Number Eight on The New York Times Book Review Children's Best Sellers List!

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Anna Chernyshova Illustrates Sounds All Around

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Harper Collins US latest non-fiction title, Sounds All Around, written by Wendy Pfeffer is beautifully illustrated by Anna Chernyshova. Her charming characters and colourful environments help explain to preschoolers and toddlers the science behind sounds by showing how vibrations travel through the air to your ears so you can hear them, how sound is measured and what different sounds mean.
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Spike Gerrell Illustrates Football School, Where Football Rules the World

Football fan and Arena illustrator, Spike Gerrell was the perfect choice for Walker Book's non-fiction title, Football School: Where Football Rules the World, published this month. Written by bestselling sports writers and broadcasters, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, this is the first in a new series of books that explains the world through the prism of football. Readers can find the answers for all manner of subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths.

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The Insider: Steph Laberis and Little Golden Books

The Storm Whale In Winter: A Look Behind The Book with Benji Davies…

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THIS WEEK author and illustrator, Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, launched his highly anticipated picture book, The Storm Whale in Winter. Benji describes the book as being like the journey home; just asStorm Whale takes us out to sea, the sequel carries us back, as we find that Noi’s kind deed to the little whale was never forgotten.
Nostalgic and gentle, this book is beautifully crafted, with filmic, sometimes panoramic illustrations and a plot line that will give the reader goosebumps (in a good way) — so strong is the message and sense of there being a true friendship between boy and whale.
So after a wonderful book launch, hosted by our brilliant colleagues at Simon and Schuster, and in anticipation of our cosy Christmas story time, where Benji will be reading us his heart-warming story, I wanted to find out a little bit more about the man behind the books… LM

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Coming soon! The War Next Door illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

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Coming soon published on October the 6th 2016 is the third hilarious children's novel from Demolition Dad and Superhero Street author Phil Earle, illustrated by Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted artist, Sara Ogilvie.

As with the previous titles, The War Next Door features black and white illustrations throughout.....

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Sarah Dennis wins ‘Best Emerging Illustrator Prize’ at the Junior Design Awards 2016

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Huge congratulations to Sarah Dennis who was named 'Best Emerging Illustrator' in the Junior Design Awards 2016. New Division artist Sarah, was thrilled to win the accolade, voted for by the magazine's readers.

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Anna Chernyshova’s Captain Firebeard – Just Published

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Come aboard the Rusty Barnacle, and discover Anna Chernyshova's charming illustrations for Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates, the best place to become the fiercest and baddest pirate in all the Seven Seas. It's Tommy's first day and he's extremely nervous, but after a new pirate name, classes in pirate talk and cutlass swishing, plus target practice with huge custard doughnuts, he's top of the class!

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