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Finish a story started by Branford Boase Award winner Horatio Clare

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Call for entries: 2017 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition.  For young people who enjoy writing stories!

 

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

 

The Branford Boase Award recognises a debut children’s author and their editor and was set up in memory of the outstanding children’s writer Henrietta Branford and the gifted editor, Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books. They both died of cancer in 1999.

 

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition aims to find and encourage writers of the future, something Henrietta Branford was always keen to do.

 

‘The night we left was wild, clouds dashing across the moon and trees rocking and shushing in a wind so strong is seemed to make the stars blink and spin…’

 

The 2017 competition is open now and anyone under the age of 19 can enter. Entrants are invited to complete a story begun by last year’s winner, author of Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare.

 

The story should be no longer than 1000 words, must follow on from the starter paragraph, and have a title. All entrants must live in the UK and be under 19 years of age. Entries will be judged by Prue Goodwin,consultant and lecturer in children’s literature. She says: ‘We are looking for stories that keep the reader wanting to know what is going to happen from beginning to end, are imaginative and unpredictable, and are written with a genuine reader in mind’.

 

Six winners will be invited to attend the Branford Boase Award celebration party in London in July. There they will meet Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Horatio Clare and the authors shortlisted for the 2107 award as well as editors, publishers, agents, and other professionals in this field. They will receive a copy of each of the books shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and be able to have their books signed.

 

The closing date for the competition is Saturday 22 April 2017.

 

For more information about the award and the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition visit www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk . 

Longlist for the 2016 Branford Boase Award announced

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The longlist for the 2016 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Wednesday 3 February 2016). The Branford Boase Award is given 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.

 

In what chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare describes as “an extraordinary year for debuts”, 23 books have made it onto the longlist. These include Lisa Williamson’s much acclaimed story of transgender teens The Art of Being Normal and Aubrey and the Terrible YootHoratio Clare’s sensitive tale of depression, from new Welsh publisher Firefly Press. Comedians turned children’s authors Julian Clary and Danny Wallace have both made the longlist with The Bolds and Hamish and the Worldstoppers respectively.

 

Frances Hardinge last week announced as Costa Book of the Year winner won the Branford Boase Award in 2006 with Fly By Night and said that the award made her feel “a real writer” for the first time. The BBA judging panel has an extremely successful record in picking future best-selling and critically acclaimed authors. Other previous winners and shortlisted authors include Kevin BrooksSiobhan DowdMeg RosoffMal PeetPhilip ReeveFrank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness who all went on to win the UK’s most prestigious children’s book award, the CILIP Carnegie Medal; 2011 winner Jason Wallace won the Costa Children’s Book Award.

 

This year the judges are Russell Allen team leader for children’s services across the West Sussex Library Service, recently awarded Public Librarian of the Year; Simon Key, bookseller from the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green; Marion Lloyd, former children’s editor; and Rosie Rowell, author of Leopold Blue, winner of the 2015 Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of The Guardian.

 

Julia Eccleshare says: “It’s been an extraordinary year for debuts, and our longlist includes an enormously varied collection of interesting, well-written books. The boundaries of what is possible in books for children seems to be ever expanding. We read fantasy adventures, mysteries, time travel stories, political satires and more – all of which are designed to entertain children, for sure, but also to help them navigate the complexities of growing up in this hectic decade. As ever, the longlist demonstrates the might of children’s publishing in the UK, and the healthy state of what Frances Hardinge calls ‘the beautiful jungle’ of fiction for children and young people.”

 

The shortlist for the Award will be announced on 4 May 2016.  The winner will be announced in early July at a ceremony in London.

 

The Branford Boase Award longlist in full:

 

Othergirl by Nicole Burstein, edited by Charlie Sheppard (Andersen Press)

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, edited by Penny Thomas (Firefly)

The Bolds by Julian Clary, edited by Charlie Sheppard (Andersen Press). Illustrations by David Roberts

The Baby by Lisa Drakeford, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)

The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)

Captive by A J Grainger, edited by Elv Moody and Christian Trimmer (Simon & Schuster)

Seed by Lisa Heathfield, edited by Ali Dougal (Egmont)

Deep Water by Lu Hersey, edited by Sarah Stewart (Usborne)

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr, edited by Ben Horslen (Penguin Random House)

13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt, edited by Jessica Tarrant (Hachette)

The Next Together by Lauren James, edited by Annalie Grainger (Walker)

The Unlikely Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt, edited by Ben Horslen (Penguin Random House). Illustrated by Ross Collins.

Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre, edited by Stella Paskins (Egmont)

The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin, edited by Clare Whitson (Oxford). Illustrated by the author.

Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss, edited by Charlie Sheppard (Andersen Press)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, edited by Genevieve Herr (Scholastic)

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, edited Kirsty Stansfield (Chicken House)

Birdy by Jess Vallance, edited by Emma Matthewson (Hot Key Books)

Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster). Illustrated by Jamie Littler

One of Us by Jeannie Waudby, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford edited by Nicholas Lake (HarperCollins)

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, edited by Bella Pearson (David Fickling Books)

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, edited by Alison Dougal and Hannah Sandford (Egmont)

Longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award was announced Tuesday 27 January 2015.

The Branford Boase Award is given 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.

Once again, more than 60 books were submitted for the award; proof of the lively state of publishing for children in the UK, and of publishers’ eagerness to find talented new writers. 18 books have made it onto the longlist. These include Sally Green’s international bestseller Half Bad and Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall, one of the launch titles from three times winning editor David Fickling’s new publishing house.

The Branford Boase Award judging panel has an extremely successful record in picking future best-selling and critically acclaimed authors. To date seven previous winners and shortlisted authors have gone on to win the UK’s most prestigious children’s book award, the CILIP Carnegie MedalKevin BrooksSiobhan DowdMeg RosoffMal PeetPhilip ReeveFrank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness.

This year the judges are librarian and chair of Ibby UK Pam DixSue Jones, children’s books consultant; Clare Maltby, bookseller from P & G Wells in Winchester; and C. J. (Chelsey) Flood, author of Infinite Sky, winner of the 2014 Branford Boase Award.

The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of The Guardian and Editorial Director of Lovereading4kids.   Julia Eccleshare says“When we launched the award fifteen years ago, less than a dozen books were submitted. It’s been hugely encouraging to watch the submission numbers grow. The children’s book market today is extremely vibrant, and this longlist features 18 very varied books by interesting new authors.”  

The shortlist for the Award will be announced on 4 May 2015.  The winner will be announced in early July at a ceremony in London.

The Branford Boase Award longlist in full many of which have been read and reviewed by the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel:  

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson (Andersen Press)

A Room full of Chocolate by Jane Elson, edited by Naomi Greenwood (Hodder Children’s Books)

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest edited by Alice Swan and Toni Markiet (Faber Children’s Books)

Broken Strings by Maria Farrer, edited by Helen Thomas (Scholastic)

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)

Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin, edited by Kirsty Stansfield (Nosy Crow)

Half Bad by Sally Green, edited by Ben Horslen (Puffin)

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall, edited by David Fickling and Bella Pearson (David Fickling Books)

The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff, edited by Stella Paskins (Egmont)

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, edited by Carmen McCullough and Lauren Buckland (Random House)

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)

Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall, edited by Sarah Hughes (Egmont)

True Fire by Gary Meehan edited by Sarah Lambert (Quercus)

Trouble by Non Pratt, edited by Annalie Grainger & Denise Johnstone-Burt (Walker Books)

Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas (Hot Key)

Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott, edited by Alexandra Antscherl (Puffin)  

May 2014 discover what is new on Lovereading4kids this month…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Did you know that Peter Pan creator JM Barrie was born in May? … Well we have a Neverland of great reads for Tinkerbells and Lost Boys of all ages and tastes this month. We can’t promise to keep you forever young but we can keep your kids forever enthralled with brilliant writing, which in turn will inspire them to Lovereading. Here’s what’s hot this month…

A Little of What you Love … Kids Books of the Month

With so much to choose from, finding a new book can be daunting – try our lovingly compiled recommendations handily split into age-ranges to make your choices even easier. Teen readers shouldn’t miss our MEGA Book of the Month – the exceptional and provocative novel, More Than This from the multi-award winning Patrick Ness, now in paperwork, or the gripping and shocking We Were Liars by E Lockhart which our Reader Review panel raved about – ‘Brilliant‘ – ‘Couldn’t put it down‘ – ‘Something special and unique‘.

Finally, youngsters will delight in the Picture Book Sugarlump and Unicorn, a magical tale of wishes coming true by the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

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It’s Festival Season!

Fabulous literary festivals are blooming the length and breadth of the country now summer is beckoning.

Scotland hosts the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Wales welcomes visitors to Hay Festival again, jam-packed with big names, interesting topics, launches and loads of fun for kids.

And in England there are children’s book festivals in Harrogate and Luton Hoo. Find out more about this year’s events here.

 


Darling Buds … May Debuts of the Month

Every first-time author is a potential life-long-friend in the making and, as always, we have a bookshelf brimming with brilliant debuts for your kids to dive in to. Our super favourites this month are; the heartfelt and captivating The Year of the Rat (14+) by Clare Furniss and the thought-provoking and moving story bringing the WW1 vividly to life, Valentine Joe (9+) by Rebecca Stevens.

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Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

… And talking of debuts, the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought it was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! (and 5 of the 7 have already been reviewed by our reader panel) Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author!

Quite an Impression! – Michael Morpurgo Paints a Brand New Story

Our popular Art and Artist section has a fantastic new addition this month.

As well as great books to help children “learn” and “do”, there are also many wonderful art-themed novels.

Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo’s latest: Meeting Cezanne harnesses the beauty of the great artists work in the life changing tale of one boy’s summer rural France. See it and the whole section here.


Oh! What a Lovely War … WW1 in Print

War. What is it good for? Well, nothing. Although, in this 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, we’ve noticed just how much great literature has come out of the horror of war and how children of all ages can learn about the events and human stories arising from such difficult times. New to the gang and loved by us is:

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha (9+) by Michael Foreman – Courage and friendship in the face of utter destruction. A wonderful journey from one of our former Guest Editors.

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ALSO, DON’T MISS! War Hero Bear (9+) Best-selling children’s author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story, based on the true events of one of the most amazing stories of animal heroism ever.


For-Eva Love … The Brilliant Books of Eva Ibbotson

If you haven’t already been touched by the writing of Eva Ibbotson, be prepared to meet one of the greatest children’s authors of our time. Until her death in 2010 aged 85, Eva dedicated her life to writing wonderful stories. She sat at her desk overlooking a leafy street, writing and rewriting until each page was perfect. Her husband took up snail breeding in the garage! Eva is probably best known for her Journey to the River Sea, which is set not far from Manaus where England play their first Football World Cup match but, in addition see two of other favourites below which have also just been given delightful new cover treatments.

The Dragonfly Pool

Survival and friendships tested to the limit in a war-time boarding school story with a difference (9+).
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Journey to the River Sea

Set in South Africa, a journey of the spirit, as well as the globe. A warm and joyous read. (9+)”
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The Star of Kazan

An ‘Anastasia’-type tale of abandonment, love, birthright rags-to-riches and true identity. (9+)
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Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. Login if you would like to update your age range preferences.

Mid July email update

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Summer holidays are here so read on for news of hand picked Summer Reading Selections, Pre-Publication exclusive Opening Extracts, and all that’s new and exciting in the world of children’s books.

Not Off The Press – Pre-Publication Exclusives for July

What’s better than giving you great titles hot off the press? … getting them to you before they’re published. That’s what! Browse this month’s pre-pubs all with Opening Extracts and in some instances we’ve managed to secure copies ahead of publication for our kids reader review panel to read and review for us, below. Our favourite is:

Angel Fever by L.A Weatherly (14+) Final Part of the Angel trilogy – a stunning and awe-inspiring tale of supernatural forces in a mortal world. If you’ve not yet found this series then take a look at the first one Angel which is one of our recommended Summer Reads.

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Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

Talking of debuts the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought the shortlist was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author! The judges clearly thought there was strength in depth too as for the first time, in addition to the Astonishing and magical, winner, The Boy and a Bear in the Boat, perfect for 7+ readers, they also selected A World Between Us (11+) by Lydia Syson to be Highly Commended. Read Opening extracts of them both today…

Fantastic Fives – The Power of Five Series of the Month for 11+ readers

Anthony Horowitz’ sinister and incredibly atmospheric series of the supernatural The Power of Five, reaches its conclusion this month with OBLIVION. All are now available in great value paperback or eBook – and the Summer is the perfect time to read them all! Our Kids Reader Review panel loved it as well.

From the Page to the Silver Screen


Harry Potter
, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Eagle of the Ninth … the list of great children’s novels that have inspired blockbuster movies is almost endless. This year 2 titles are set to join their ranks. Why not get the book before you have to buy all that expensive pop-corn at the cinema?

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (9+) by Rick Riordan – the continued adventures of an unwitting demi-god. Part of a hugely popular and gripping series.! It hits the screen 7 August.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (14+) Part One of the Mortal Instruments series this is a thrilling, urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shape-shifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into! You can see it from 21 August.

Finally if, after all the recommendations we have given you you are still looking for

that perfect next read do look at our Book Shelf Essentials category full of books we love that will be future contemporary classics.

That is July at Lovereading4Kids. Scroll down for a selection of perfect Summer Reads in the age ranges you have let us know you want to be kept up to date with and don’t forget to come back in August when we will add even more books to our Summer Reading category…

To view all the selections in each age range click to visit the category on the site…

Happy Summer Reading


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