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1. More Best Graphic Novel lists for 2015: do we know the book of the year yet?

And the year end parade continues, and I’m sensing something of a move for Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona to be the book of the year. At any rate, it’s on a lot of lists. But maybe Killing and Dying? The Good Reads voting is over, with the winner to be announced on the 30th. The finalists […]

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2. I Love You, Charlotte Huck

Why do I love Dr. Huck? First, because of her commitment to children's literature. Here are excerpts from her 2005 obituary in the L.A. Times:
The educator's 33-year effort to develop and enhance an academic program in children's literature at Ohio State University established her as a national authority on the subject. 
Huck's reputation grew with the 1961 publication of her textbook, "Children's Literature in the Classroom," now in its seventh edition, and with her 1976 creation of the quarterly review Wonderfully Exciting Books, covering classroom use of children's books. 
"Reading was part of my life, and I wanted children to have the same opportunity," Huck said in a 1981 appearance on television's "Good Morning America."

A native of Evanston, Ill., Huck studied at Wellesley College and earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. After teaching briefly in Midwestern elementary schools, she completed her master's and doctorate at Ohio State University and joined its faculty in 1955. 
While she was teaching teachers how to boost children's reading, Huck earned Ohio State's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1972 and the Landau Award for Distinguished Service in teaching children's literature in 1979. 
Huck also served on the American Library Association committees for the Newbery and Caldecott medals, awarded to outstanding writers of children's literature. 
Huck retired from Ohio State in 1988. But she wasn't finished. 
Relocating to Redlands, she wrote five children's books herself: "Princess Furball," "Secret Places," "Toads and Diamonds," "The Black Bull of Norroway" and "A Creepy Countdown." 
Huck helped create an annual children's literature festival at the University of Redlands, similar to one she had developed at Ohio State. The Redlands festival was named for her in 2000. 
"We must keep reading aloud to children," she advised teachers at the 1998 festival. "If you're not reading aloud to them, you're not teaching reading. The story is what motivates children to want to read."
Now that's a children's literature champion.

The second reason I love her is because of this award established in her honor by the National Council of Teachers of English. The award recognizes "fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder." What a glorious statement! And to my extreme delight, Tiger Boy has been selected as a 2016 NTCE Charlotte Huck Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book (in excellent company)!

I've changed my vocational statement thanks to Dr. Huck. From now on it is to "invite compassion, imagination, and wonder" through my fiction. Congratulations to all the winners!

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3. Haruki Murakami Wins Hans Christian Andersen Prize

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has won the 2015 Hans Christian Andersen Prize, Denmark’s leading literary honor.

Murakami will receive the award and its $71,400 purse at a ceremony in Odense, Denmark (Andersen’s hometown) in October 2016. The Economic Times has the scoop: “The jury honoured Murakami’s ‘bold mix of classic narrative, pop culture, Japanese tradition, dreamlike realism and philosophical debate.'”

Previous winners include: Paolo Coehlo, J.K. Rowling, Isabel Allende and Salman Rushdie.

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4. Nimona did not win a National Book Award

Last night the National Book Awards (the Oscars for books) were presented, and Noelle Stevenson's Nimona, only the fourth graphic novel to get an NBA nomination, lost out to Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep. Comic enthusiast Ta-Nehisi Coates did win in non fiction for Between the World and Me, however.

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5. 2015 National Book Award Winners Announced

nationalbookawardThe National Book Award winners for 2015 were revealed tonight.

Adam Johnson won the Fiction award for Fortune Smiles published by Random House. Ta-Nehisi Coates won the Nonfiction award for Between the World and Me published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Penguin Random House.

Robin Costa Lewis won the Poetry award for Voyage of the Sable Venus published by Alfred A. Knopf. Neal Shusterman won the Young People’s Literature award for Challenger Deep published by HarperTeen.

Click here to read free samples of all the books that made it onto the short list. Who was your favorite this year?

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6. All about the fine quality black line: An interview with Victor Ambrus

Since I began championing children’s book on this website I’ve had a lovely game I indulgently play in my head: Who would I interview if I could interview anyone?

Over the years one name repeatedly popped up, but I didn’t dare act on my daydreams until very recently. It all started earlier this year when Dick King Smith’s The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm arrived on my desk. Published in a fantastic new edition by Barrington Stoke as part of their covetable Little Gems series, it featured illustrations by none other than the subject of my aforementioned daydreams: Victor Ambrus. Victor turned 80 this year, and I hadn’t realised that he was still working and so the flame on my candle of hope burned a little brighter, but my bravery still stumbled.


Then last month another Barrington Stoke book made its way into my hands. The Seal’s Fate by Eoin Colfer is also illustrated by Victor Ambrus, and I was so moved by the visual and verbal storytelling, it gave me the courage I needed. It’s a powerful book I’d really like to tell everyone about and it provided me with the final spur on to make an interview request.


Victor Ambrus has won the Kate Greenaway medal twice (for ‘The Three Poor Tailors’ [1965] and ‘Horses in Battle'[1975]) and has illustrated more than 300 books. His historical illustrations showing archaeological interpretations were featured on Channel 4’s Time Team for 20 years. Indeed, his passion for illustrating history has been central to his career, both in children’s book illustration and also in adult non-fiction. Ambrus’ animal illustrations are also especially highly regarded and have formed another constant strand in his work, from his illustrations for K.M. Peyton’s Flambards series right up to his two newest books with the grimy humour of the rats and the soft, sweet eyes of the seal.

And thus the time came for me to interview Victor over the phone. Victor was born in Hungary in 1935 and I started by asking what sort of reading life he had had as a child, what books he had loved. I was all ready to look up lots of Hungarian authors (and quite keen to do so, as I studied Hungarian literature at University) but “no, there were numerous books, but they were all English books – in translation of course. I was bought up on things like Winnie the Pooh!” Many were given to him as presents and one of his favourite books was Ursula Moray Williams’ ‘Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse’. It was, however, the books of Arthur Rackham that in many ways changed his life forever. “He was a huge influence on me… and he meant that I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil!


Victor’s immediately family weren’t especially artistic (though he grew up with tales of a particularly talented uncle who had died young during the influenza epidemic following the First World War), but they were immensely supportive of Victor’s growing interest in drawing. Victor’s father, an industrial chemist, was especially encouraging: “He was convinced I was going to be an artist when I grew up.

Victor’s passion for historical illustration was laid down as a child: “I just drew and drew and drew and enjoyed it. I illustrated anything that I read – books on history, poems… in fact I did a vast number of drawings of the fights we Hungarians had with the Turks in the 17th century.

But then there came a point where I had to enter grammar school. But I still kept drawing and drawing and eventually I got to a point where I could apply for the Academy of Fine Art, a very fine, traditional school offering a classical training in drawing, including anatomy and all sorts of things you don’t often get these days. But illustration per se didn’t come into my training actually. It was all terribly straight-laced. Illustration was just something I did for myself.

Victor’s education and training at the Academy of Fine Art was cut short in awful circumstances. In 1956 the Soviet Union invaded Hungary and life in Budapest became very hard. There came a point where Victor had to make what he himself describes as “a kind of life or death decision”; to leave Hungary and seek refuge abroad.

It was very demanding physical conditions. There was heavy snow you had to walk through all night to get across the border. It was a kind of life or death decision. I had to leave family behind. I actually had no choice. They had a list of people who were attempting to hold the Academy building against the Russian tanks. I was one of these people… but I did a very bad job at it. It was terribly frightening. Eventually they cornered us in the basement of the building and they executed eight of us on the spot – four students and four regular [Hungarian] army soldiers. I was lucky to survive it.

Victor eventually made his way to the Austrian border and from there he chose to make England his new home, with the much-loved books and illustrations from his childhood very much in mind. He ended up in Farnham and from there applied to the Royal College of Art. Education there was quite different to that Victor had experienced in Budapest’s Academy of Fine Art: “The Royal College was very much more liberal. It was a kind of a loosening up process.

Victor’s early work included a lot of lithographs and etchings. “Etchings have played a big influence in my life because they produce fine quality lines and nice deep tones which appeal to me, even though I haven’t made any for quite some time because of you need quite sophisticated machinery, making it hard to do at home. Still, I was almost addicted to using very fine lines and my early illustrations are very like etchings except that they were not actually printed etched into glass plates – rather, I just used a very fine nib.

I’m very curious about this passion for etching and how that tallies with Victor’s style now which to me seems much more fluid, looser and more vibrant than is typically achieved with the precise lines in etching. Was this something Victor himself recognised? “Yes, I turned away from this approach, probably because of the subjects I was getting – I was getting a lot of free flowing, fast action historical illustrations, where people might be riding a horse or fighting, and to start using very fine etching lines was not practical. It took a long time and gave the wrong effect. It became very laboured.

And then at this time when I was getting going, colour illustration came in in a big way and so I got into colour and my approach changed somewhat. I’d draw things up very quickly in pencil making sure everything moved the way I wanted it to and then I’d apply colour and more sweeping lines. But thinking about colour… funnily enough I think black is a very important thing in my drawings. I like to have the impact of black in an illustration – once I have heavy black lines I can use more intense colours. In a way the black boosts the colours I use, it makes the colour really work.

Victor uses ink and also water soluble pencils for his black lines and part of the secret to the way he uses them is that “the most intensive black goes down when the illustration is done – then I can see exactly where it is needed, where it needs a punch.


But taking a step back, to explore a little further this change in approach, this development in Victor’s illustrative style. It was whilst at the Royal College that Victor had a stroke of luck which led to his breakthrough as a book illustrator. He was commissioned by Blackie and Sons to illustrate a book with a lot of horses – a love of Victor’s since his youth spent working on the great Hungarian plains where he would often witness large groups of semi-wild horses in their natural habitat. That books was White Horses and Black Bulls by Alan C Jenkins and on the back of a review in the Times Literary Supplement which included two of Victor’s illustrations (“It caused quite a stir!”) suddenly a stream of horse-related illustration commissions started flowing Victor’s way.

Luckily I love drawing horses… why? because they are so complicated… so impressive!

At that point, Victor couldn’t himself ride but as he received more and more historical illustration commissions he realised this would have to change if he wanted his pictures to be authentic; it was very important to him to accurately capture how people sit when they are riding.

This commitment to detail, this concern for accuracy is another mainstay in all of Victor’s work: “I really enjoy the research. It’s important as otherwise the illustrations don’t feel convincing. It’s got to be right!

On occasion, however, this drive for authenticity has led him into a spot of bother: “Well I didn’t know how they used a sword on horseback. Now I happened to have a sword and so I took it out and practised with it. I rode in the local forest where there were a lot of pine trees and I would take aim at a branch, swipe at it and see what was the best way of cutting it. Oh I enjoyed it! But then I had to stop because one day a swipe revealed a white-faced mushroom picker who was scared out of his skin. I hadn’t realised he was there and at that point I thought I’d better not do this any more and so I put the sword away.

Another area of great interest for Victor when it comes to illustration, especially historical illustration, is costume and clothing. Whilst he studied at the Royal College he spent many hours just down the road in the Victoria and Albert Museum. “I’d sooner illustrate any period but the modern because the clothes are boring – there’s no colour – whereas the 17th, 18th century… ah, they are fabulous!” I’m very sorry when later in our conversation I find out that Victor’s own wardrobe at home isn’t full of the colourful and rich outfits he loves to draw.

An interior illustration from The Seal's Fate

An interior illustration from The Seal’s Fate

As well as historical illustrations, Victor has always enjoyed drawing animals. And not just horses. “I’ve spent a lot of time in zoos. One of my favourite drawings I did in London Zoo, of a fantastic male gorilla. He sat there and stared at me for a long time and when I finished the drawing and walked away he came up to the fence, right up to the edge. And other people nearby said, ‘Show him, show him your picture of him,’ and so I turned around and showed the picture to him and it was quite amazing. He took it all in, with his eyes wide open. I don’t know what he thought of it but he was definitely puzzled.

Animals have not always been so appreciative of being drawn by Victor though. “Once I was drawing a lovely big parrot who was on the end of a long post, at the far end, and I was drawing him and enjoying myself until he started to move up the post step by step. He came right up close to me and then it was absolutely amazing – he looked at me and reached forward and took the pencil from my hand, snapped it into two and chucked it behind him and walked off! I thought it was a devastating piece of criticism of my efforts! I was utterly speechless!

Being observed whilst drawing is something which has played an important role throughout Victor’s career. For many people, he will be most famous as the illustrator for Channel 4’s Time Team (one of my own favourite programmes as a child), where archaeologists had three days to excavate a site, and Victor would draw interpretations of the site and archaeological finds, being watched whilst he did so not only by members of the public visiting the excavations but also by millions on TV.

And it’s actually all thanks to The Reader’s Digest that Victor became part of the brilliant Time Team crew. One day in a Bristol library, the director of Time Team came across Victor’s illustrations in a history of Britain published by The Reader’s Digest. A phone call later and the two of them met. “‘Can you draw quickly?’ ‘Ah.. yes, I can try’ ‘Well, draw a portrait of me then,’ and so I drew a quick-as-lightning pencil drawing of him and he was suitably impressed and the following week I was invited to go to Oxfordshire…” and the rest, as they say, is history, with the programme running for 20 years.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see places you’d never get to … all sorts of weird places and drawing all different things. Of course it was sometimes a bit of an ordeal because your hands get so cold drawing outside, but the hand-drawn illustrations brought something special – by being hand-drawn, the image is more alive, it is saying this how it could have been, whereas a computer printout will say this is how it was and there is no argument.

Did Victor ever get to have a go at digging? “It appealed to me – oh yes – but they never let me near the ground. I used to try to persuade Phil Harding [one of the Time Team Archaeologists] to let me have a dig but he would snarl at me and tell me to keep my hands out of the ground and keep on with my drawing!

Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2012

A sample of Victor Ambrus’s illustrations at Athlone Castle. Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2012

And keeping on with his drawing is what Victor has been doing and continues to do, even as he enters his ninth decade. Recent commissions include creating illustrations for the museum at Athlone Castle in the Republic of Ireland, an opportunity to return to his beloved 17th century, horses and interesting clothes, but also a chance to steep himself in the landscape and people of Ireland – a boon when it came to illustrating his most recently published book for children, The Seal’s Fate. And right now he is steeped in the history of Somerset whilst he finishes off a big project for the Taunton Castle Museum, covering Somerset from its prehistory “up to Butlins!

But being busy drawing makes Victor happy. “I couldn’t imagine it otherwise. I’d miss it if I wasn’t drawing. I’m just obsessed with drawing. Even when I’m not drawing I might be thinking about drawing.” And with 300 books and a lifetime of illustrating under his belt, what advice would he have for children who were interested in illustrating?

Draw and draw and draw. And it’s important not just to do the drawing you have to do, but to draw for yourself, just to please yourself.


Victor AmbrussmallI’m indebted to Victor for being so generous with his time and stories from his life. When I asked him to check over my interview notes and make any changes he wished to see, the only thing he wanted to add was that he has “a lovely wife and two big sons.” This, to me, speaks volumes of Victor’s understated modesty, charm and warmth which I hope has come across in this dream-come-true disguised as an interview.

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7. Martin Ford Wins the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

Robots Cover (GalleyCat)Martin Ford won the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots. Ford earned a £30,000 (about $45,581.40) prize, and the other shortlisted authors received £10,000 (about $15,193.80).

According to the press release, “the book discusses the impact of accelerating technology on our economic prospects, and whether the future will see broad based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. The award recognises the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

Past award winners include Thomas Piketty (2014), Brad Stone (2013), and Steve Coll (2012). We’ve posted the entire 2015 short list below.

Shortlist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford (Oneworld Publications; Basic Books)

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (Flatiron/Macmillan)

Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin by Nathaniel Popper (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; Harper/ HarperCollins)

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Oneworld Publications; Random House)

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics by Richard Thaler (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; W. W. Norton)

How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime? by Stephen Witt (The Bodley Head/Penguin Random House; Viking)

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8. Fernando del Paso Wins the 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize

University of AlcaláThe 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize has been awarded to author Fernando del Paso.

According to The Los Angeles Times, del Paso will receive $135,000.00 for this accomplishment. Throughout his career, he has written poetry, essays, and novels. His best-known book is called Palinuro of Mexico.

The New York Times reports that this prize is considered “the highest literary award in the Spanish-speaking world. The annual prize is awarded for an author’s entire body of work.” Past winners include Álvaro Mutis (2001), Juan Marsé (2008), and Juan Goytisolo (2014).

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9. The best-of-the-year lists have begun

Teachers often ask how to keep up with the best new books. Good intentions are one thing, and real life (long days, class prep, paper grading) is another.

For those with limited time, I recommend going online near the end of the year when children’s book review journals post their “best of the year” lists. They tend to print these lists in their December or January issues, but well before publication you can find those same lists on their websites. Take a look at each one and see which titles pop up on multiple lists and make sure you read those few titles that everyone is talking about. But do try to read all the annotations and think about which books might work in your classrooms, either for the entire class or for free reading.

Here’s a list of the lists, with links.

Already out:

Coming soon:

And of course there are the ALA awards which will be determined during the Midwinter conference in Boston in January

The post The best-of-the-year lists have begun appeared first on The Horn Book.

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10. New England Publishing Collaboration Awards Revealed

Harvard University Press has won first prize in The New England Publishing Collaboration (NEPCo) Awards, an honor for excellence in publishing collaboration.

Aries Systems took second place and American Meteorological Society won third. The winners were selected by a panel of judges selected four winners including: Amy Brand, Director, The MIT Press; Sanj Kharbanda, Senior Vice President, Digital Markets, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Sanders Kleinfeld, Director of Publishing Technology, O’Reilly Media; and Amit Shah, Executive Managing Director, Six Red Marbles.

Kudos won the Audience Choice award based on online voting at the event. Finalists described their projects live on stage at an event last week in rapid-fire multimedia presentations.

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11. 2015 Best Children's Books of the Year: A List of Lists and Awards

It's raining books, hallelujah!

The holiday season means an abundance of online "best books" lists, and here on Chicken Spaghetti I collect the ones for kids' books. The focus is on material published in 2015, although you'll find that a few lineups also incorporate titles from previous years. Some of them cover way more than children's books; a mention here means that somewhere on the list is at least one kids' category. I plan to update the big list regularly.

©Susan Thomsen, 2015.

Be sure to see the magnificent list of all 2015 book lists at Largehearted Boy.

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalists. Science books. 

Amazon. Children.
Amazon. Young adult.

Booklist. Religion and spirituality.
Booklist. Arts.
Booklist. First novels.
Booklist. Romance fiction.

Boys' Life Book Zone

Goodreads. Graphic novels and comics. Some, not all, for children.
Goodreads. Middle grade.
Goodreads. Picture books.
Goodreads. Young adult fantasy and science fiction.
Goodreads. Young adult fiction.

Indigo (Canada)

Jefferson County (Colorad0) Public Library. Best monster books. Now we're talkin'.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books

Publishers Weekly. Comics. Some, not all, for children.
Publishers Weekly. Middle grade.
Publishers Weekly. Picture books.

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award shortlist

YALSA. Teens' top ten. PDF


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12. European Animation Pride Awards Created, Peter Lord Named President of Association

The European animation community is joining forces to launch a major new animation award.

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13. ‘Beatlebone’ Wins the Goldsmiths 2015 Prize

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry, a novel about John Lennon taking a class in primal screaming on a small island, has won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize.

“Beatlebone a novel that takes its reader to the edge – of the Western world, of sanity, of fame, of words. But it also takes us to the very edge of the novel form, where it meets its notorious doppelgänger, autobiography,” explained Josh Cohen, Chair of Judges, in a statement.

“Its compulsive narrative of one of the last century’s great musicians and pop icons gradually, and without a hint of contrivance, becomes a startling and original meditation on the uncanny relationship of a writer to his character,” continued Cohen. “Intricately weaving and blurring fiction and life, Beatlebone embodies beautifully this prize’s spirit of creative risk. We’re proud to crown it our winner.”

Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Magnus Mills, Grief is the Thing With Features by Max Porter, and Lurid and Cute by Adam Thirlwell also made the shortlist for the prize.

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14. Jacqueline Woodson to Host NBA’s Teen Press Conference

Jacqueline Woodson, Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, will host the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference this year. She will be the first National Book Award Winner ever to emcee the event.

At the event, 600 middle- and high-school students from New York City will turn into reporters, lobbing questions at the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. The nominees for the award include: Ali BenjaminLaura RubySteve SheinkinNeal Shusterman and Noelle Stevenson. The event will be streamed live online, so that students across the nation can watch.

“I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was seven, but I didn’t grow up in family where people aspired to live as writers,” said Woodson in a statement. “I wrote all the time and I had teachers who encouraged it. If someone has something they’re really passionate about, that’s their brilliance, and my big question is how do we grow that passion/brilliance and/or help them grow.”

The press conference will take place at the 92nd Street Y on November 17th at 10am.

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15. PW announces Best Graphic Novels of 2015

It begins! The end of year race to the best of list is underway, kicked off, as is tradition, by Publishers Weekly. Disclosure: I helped make this list. On the adult side, the selections are: The Oven Sophie Goldstein (AdHouse) March, Book 2 John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf) The Arab of […]

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16. Authors to Share #BooksThatHooked in Twitter Campaign

The National Book Foundation has teamed up with YA literature site TeenReads.com to run a Twitter campaign aimed at connecting authors with young readers.

Today at noon EST, authors will share the books that inspired them to become writers on Twitter with the hashtag #BooksThatHooked. Authors including: Daniel José Older, Deborah Wiles, and Rita Williams-Garcia are participating.

“We know that so many teens want to be authors one day,” stated Shara Zaval,  Editorial Manager of Teenreads.com/Kidsreads.com. “This is a great way to call attention to the fact that reading — something that Teenreads.com and NBF greatly believe in — is an essential part of becoming a great writer.”

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17. Three years on Squiggles, poetry, Welcome to the Family

Why don’t I blog?
Because I’m too busy staring into space.
But had a lovely time at the Guardian’s Big Draw with such a fine and varied group of illustrators. I did Squiggles, where you can turn a squiggle into anything. Here (above) are some of yours.

On October 27th I’ll be at the  Wantage Betjeman Festival doing more Squiggles and reading from ‘It’s Not Fairy’ and my new book of poetry, ‘Vanishing Trick’.

And ‘Welcome to the Family’ by the splendid Mary Hoffman (with my pictures) is shortlisted for the School Libraries Asociation Award.

Here’s what kind Rhino Reads had to say about it:

By the inclusion dream team of Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith … Perhaps Gove should scrap all his education reform and, instead of donating a King James Bible to every school, he could put a set of the Hoffman/Asquith books in every school library. He could change the world.’ – 9th July Rhino Reads


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18. 2015 Joe Shuster Wards winners: O’Malley, Tamaki, Doris Slater win

  The 2015 Joe Shuster Awards were presented on the 18th at the first Forest City Comic Con in London, ON. All the winners are below, but of note, Doris SLater, the first prominent female Canadian  cartoonist became the first woman inducted into the Shuster Hall of Fame.     OUTSTANDING ARTIST / Dessinateur ADRIAN ALPHONA […]

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19. The White House Reveals Winners of National Student Poets Program

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20. Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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21. Marlon James Wins the 2015 Man Booker Prize

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22. Free Samples of the 2015 National Book Award Finalists

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23. ‘Nimona’ is a National Book Award finalist

Noelle Stevenson’s YA graphic Nimona, published by HarperCollins and based on her webcomics, has been named a National Book Awards finalist — this is the Oscars of the book worlds and Stevenson is now the Quvenzhané Wallis as at the age of 23, Stevenson is the youngest finalist in the history of the awards. Nimona–a […]

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24. New York Public Library Lions Curate Pop-Up Exhibit

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25. ‘Shift’ Wins Top Prize At Italy’s VIEW Fest

"Shift" was a graduation short produced at the School of Visual Arts.

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