Thursday, January 11, 2018

Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Over 100,000 children inspired since the tour began in 1998.

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The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour today launched its 20th anniversary celebrations. Award-winning authors Lari Don and Ross Collins marked the occasion with pupils at Shawlands Primary School in Glasgow. They were joined by Calum Bennie, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly, and Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, the literacy charity which runs the tour.

During the event, Lari Don captivated the school children with her mythical fables and Ross Collins, a former pupil of the school, held a live-drawing session to bring the stories to life in front of the children’s eyes.

The Children’s Book Tour is supported by Scottish Friendly, one of the UK’s leading financial mutuals, and organised by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. The tour visits both primary and secondary schools, and has enthralled more than 100,000 children since it began in 1998.

Author Lari Don said:

“I’m really excited to be celebrating the anniversary of these wonderful tours. When Scottish Book Trust took me on a Scottish Friendly tour of Northern Ireland with my Spellchasers trilogy last year, it was one of the best experiences of my writing life. We met hundreds of enthusiastic school pupils, many of whom had never had a chance to meet and chat to a published writer before. The tour was so well organised and so ambitious, in such a lovely part of the world.”

Author and illustrator Ross Collins said:

“It's always a real pleasure touring with Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Friendly. I've visited schools and children in parts of the country I could never have reached before. Apart from working in slippers, getting kids excited about stories and illustration is the best thing about my job.”

One of very first authors to take part in the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour was Alan Durant, writer and poet, who travelled to Orkney in May 1998 for a ten-day tour. Other authors that toured in 1998 include Dianna Hendry, poet and children’s writer, and Janet Paisley, writer, poet and playwright who writes in Scots and English.

The 20th anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will be a year-long celebration and will reach every local authority in Scotland. Over 100 authors have taken part in the Children’s Book Tour since 1998, and 13 of those authors will join the anniversary celebrations.

Julia Donaldson, author of the bestselling Gruffalo series and a former Children’s Laureate, will participate in the Scottish Friendly Children’s Tour in March, following the success of her 2012 tour. The author will visit libraries in Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The highlight of the 20th Anniversary takes place on 6 June when Scottish Friendly and Scottish Book Trust will host a Jamboree Celebration event at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Headlining the anniversary celebrations will be bestselling children and teen author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell will also join the event, alongside award-winning Scottish author Pamela Butchart and comic creators the Etherington Brothers. Over 2000 children from all across Scotland will attend, and a bus travel fund will be offered for schools further afield.

Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and writer of children’s books, has designed exclusive comics for the 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be gifted to all primary and secondary pupils participating in the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour throughout the year.

Calum Bennie, Communications Manager of Scottish Friendly, said:
”From the outset in 1998, we at Scottish Friendly were aware that the Children’s Book Tour was an engaging, popular and worthwhile programme which would help promote literacy within Scottish schools. That the tour has gone from strength to strength and continues to inspire children is testament to the power of books and the first class authors and illustrators the tour attracts. Here’s to its continued success.”

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, added:
“Being able to tour authors and illustrators into schools, libraries and communities across the length and breadth of Scotland, and in England and Northern Ireland too, is a wonderfully effective way to spark children’s creativity and love of books. Over the past two decades we’ve seen first-hand the hugely positive impact that the joy and excitement of a Children’s Tour visit has had on pupils across the country. Our remarkable twenty year relationship with Scottish Friendly has made this possible, and we are very grateful to them for enabling us to bring books into the lives of many thousands of children.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CLPE Children’s Poetry Award announcement

Submissions open for the CLPE Children’s Poetry Award - CLiPPA 2018
Announcement of Chair, judges and venue for the 2018 Award

Publishers are invited to submit books of children’s poetry published in 2017 for CLiPPA 2018. Established in 2003, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) is the only award to recognise excellence in published poetry for children in the UK. It encourages and celebrates outstanding new children’s poetry and is presented annually for a book of poetry by a single poet or collection of children’s poetry published in the preceding year.

Chair and Judges
This year the Chair of the Judging panel will be poet and first ever CLiPPA winner, Grace Nichols.
Grace is joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.
·        Anthony Anaxagorou – Poet and poetry educator. Founder of Out-Spoken Press
·        Charlotte Hacking - CLPE Learning Programme Leader
·        Imogen Lycett Green – Director of the Betjeman Poetry Prize for Young Poets
·        Kate Wakeling - Poet and CliPPA 2017 winner for Moon Juice

Grace Nichols, Chair of Judges said: “Poetry is so important for children because it helps them to see the world with new eyes, as each poem is like a freshly created little universe, at the same time awakening them to the power, beauty and rhythm of language. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to chair the judging panel for this year’s CLiPPA and look forward to celebrating the very best new poetry for children.”

Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive, CLPE said: “We know from our research that giving children opportunities to enjoy, practise and perform poetry supports their developing literacy, making the CLiPPA and the shadowing scheme incredibly important to all the schools and children who take part.  We also know that despite a rich heritage and significant contribution to the literary canon, children’s poetry is still under-represented on the school curriculum and in the publishing world.  This is why we are proud that CLiPPA highlights the full range of poetry published for children and delighted to be celebrating poetry again in 2018 with such a distinguished chair and panel of judges.”

The shortlist will be announced in May and the winner revealed at the CLiPPA 2018 Poetry Show in June in the 1,000-seater Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre, London in front of an audience of poets, publishers, teachers, and young readers from the Shadowing Scheme.

The winner of CLiPPA 2018 will join an incredible past line up of winners from the world of children’s poetry including Sarah Crossan, Michael Rosen, Joseph Coelho, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy and John Agard. For many poets, winning the CLiPPA has been a pivotal moment in their writing career and a springboard to increased profile and further book commissions. Both Rachel Rooney and Joseph Coelho, who won with debut collections, are now widely known amongst primary school children.
CLiPPA forms a central part of CLPE’s work at the forefront of poetry teaching in schools. In 2017 CLPE delivered their first Power of Poetry course, bringing together published poets and an anthologist with teachers to develop teachers' knowledge, confidence and expertise in their own poetry repertoire and about the teaching of poetry.

Research evaluation from the training showed that poetry provides a means for children to find and develop their own voice bringing a wide range of benefits, particularly development of their own writing. Opportunities to practise and perform poetry adds to the understanding and enjoyment of it and having a performance goal, such as CLiPPA is a real motivator in children engaging with poetry.

The research demonstrates the real need for a focus on poetry as a vehicle for improving children’s engagement in and enjoyment of reading and creative writing in schools.
More findings from The Power of Poetry, combined with knowledge and understanding gained from CLPE’s work with teachers, children and poets over the last forty years are presented in the updated ‘What We Know Works’ poetry booklet.

Shadowing Scheme
2018 will be the 4th year of the hugely popular CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme. Running in schools alongside the CLiPPA judging, the shadowing scheme has so far reached more than 600 teachers and 14,000 children. As part of their commitment to support teachers to teach poetry in an exciting and creative way, CLPE will create teaching materials for all shortlisted books. This will include videos of the shortlisted poets which will be accessible on CLPE’s free Poetryline site which reaches almost 300,000 teachers every year. Shadowing schools will have the opportunity to win copies of all the shortlisted books and to attend or perform at the CLiPPA 2018 Poetry Show. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017


@The_UKLA  #UKLA18   #teachersbookawards

The judges for these unique book awards, which are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will this year come from Wales, with the 2018 UKLA International Conference, at which the eventual winners are announced, being held in Cardiff.
There are 8 groups of judges in total covering the three age categories and they have until mid-March to read the longlisted books, discuss them with their group leaders, and share them with pupils. All groups will then meet together for the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of 6 books in each category.
Headteachers welcomed the opportunity for their teachers to widen their knowledge of recent children’s titles.  For UKLA, giving classroom practitioners the opportunity to read a number of new children’s books is as important as finding an overall winner. Research carried out by members of UKLA (Cremin et al 2008) clearly demonstrated the links between teachers’ knowledge of children’s books and the likelihood of pupils becoming successful readers. Despite this evidence, teachers are seldom given time to read new books or funding to purchase them when they do.
 UKLA are grateful for the continued support of the award sponsors, which help the awards to grow and develop each year. Micro Librarian Services (MLS), Lovereading4schools and Lovereading4kids, recognise the value of the judging experience for schools and teachers:
‘Lovereading4schools and its sister site Lovereading4kids is very excited and proud to be a co-sponsor of the UKLA Book Awards 2018. The way UKLA work with schools and pupils complements Lovereading’s approach of using book experts and children reviewers to provide good, trusted guidance for teachers and parents that can be hard to find. We are looking forward to sharing the longlisted, shortlisted and winning books with all the parents and schools who use our websites.’  Robert Prime Director of Lovereading Ltd
The UKLA Selection Panel, chaired by Lynda Graham, whittled down the 361 publisher submissions to arrive at a set of longlists, which excitingly feature books in translation in every category and more nonfiction titles than ever. They were pleased to highlight exciting debut authors as well as established and familiar names in children’s literature. Of particular note is the success of small publishing houses like Barrington Stoke, Otter-Barry Books, Gecko Press and Tiny Owl. Lynda Graham says: “the quality of submissions this year was of a particularly high standard and the panel had no easy task, but we are confident that the teachers and schools involved in the judging will benefit enormously from the impact of these quality texts in their schools” All of the books exemplify the award criteria of writing which offers language rich in layered meanings, imaginative expression and exciting vocabulary. Where present, high quality illustration is also an important feature of the chosen texts.
Longlist 3-6
Pigeon P.I.
Meg McLaren

Andersen Press
Under the Same Sky
Britta Teckentrup

Caterpillar Books
The Night Gardener
Eric and Terry Fan

Frances Lincoln
Grandad's Secret Giant
David Litchfield

Frances Lincoln
Don't Cross the Line!
Isabel Minós Martins
Bernardo P Carvalho
Daniel Hahn
Gecko Press
My Pictures after the Storm
Eric Viellé

Daniel Hahn
Gecko Press
Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph

Oi Dog!
Kes and Claire Gray
Jim Field

The Darkest Dark
Chris Hadfield
The Fan Brothers

The Wolf Who Cried Boy
James O'Neill
Russell Ayto

Picture Corgi
Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere

The Storm Whale in Winter
Benji Davies

Simon & Schuster
You Must Bring a Hat
Simon Philip
Kate Hindley

Simon & Schuster
My Name is not Refugee
Kate Milner

The Bucket List
A Bottle of Happiness
Pippa Goodhart
Ehsan Abdollahi

Tiny Owl Publishing
Old Hat
Emily Gravett

Two Hoots
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood

Two Hoots
A Perfect Day
Lane Smith

Two Hoots
Goodnight Everyone
Chris Haughton

Walker Books
A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
Petr Horaĉek

Walker Books
A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Walker Books
Counting with Tiny Cat
Viviane Schwarz

Walker Books
It Starts with a Seed
Laura Knowles
Jennie Webber

Words & Pictures
Longlist 7-11
The White Fox
Jackie Morris

Barrington Stoke
Good Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Grace Easton

Barrington Stoke
The Song From Somewhere Else
Levi Pinfold

Lesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown

David Fickling Books
Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Richard Jones

Faber & Faber
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
David Wyatt

Faber & Faber
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
Horatio Clare
Jane Matthews

Firefly Press
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Megumi Iwasa
Jun Takabatake
Cathy Hirano
Gecko Press
What Not to do if you Turn Invisible
Ross Welford

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest
Julian Gough
Jim Field

Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Lucy Eldridge

The Road to Ever After
Moira Young
Hannah George

Peter in Peril
Helen Bate

Otter-Barry Books
Me and Mister P
Maria Farrer
Daniel Rieley

A Story Like the Wind
Gill Lewis
Jo Weaver

There May Be a Castle
Piers Torday

The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson

The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
Alex T Smith

Walker Books
Football School: Where Football Explains the World
Alex, Bellos and Ben Lyttleton
Spike Gerrell

Walker Books
The Street Beneath My Feet
Charlotte Guillian
Yuval Zommer

Words & Pictures
Longlist 12-16
Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen

Andersen Press
Jason Wallace

Andersen Press
Goodbye Days
Jeff Zentner

Andersen Press
Mind The Gap
Phil Earle

Barrington Stoke
Passing for White
Tanya Landman

Barrington Stoke
We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Lydia- the Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant

Chicken House
The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Chicken House
The Hypnotist
Laurence Anholt

Wolf Hollow
Lauren Wolk

Kid Got Shot
Simon Mason

David Fickling Books
Patrice Lawrence

Out of Heart
Irfan Master

Hot Key Books
The Bone Sparrow
Zana Fraillon

Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick

Black Light Express
Philip Reeve

Garth Nix

Piccadilly Press
Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Sarah Ardizzone
The Bucket List
Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean

The Hate You Give
Angie Thomas

Walker Books

Notes To Editors

About UKLA
 UKLA is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy. UKLA is committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally in literacy and language teaching and research. The Association was founded in 1963 as the United Kingdom Reading Association. In 2003 it changed its name to the United Kingdom Literacy Association, to reflect more accurately its wider range of focus and interest.
UKLA especially supports the development of approaches to literacy learning and teaching which underpin these understandings. The Association recognises the significance for effective language and communication learning of literature, drama, the visual media, non-fiction texts and information technology, as well as welcoming approaches to teaching which draw on the resources of a wide range of cultures and which are informed by a detailed understanding of how literacy and language work.
About MLS
Sponsors MLS have over 30 years’ experience developing engaging software for schools and colleges and are currently delivering 21st century library automation solutions to over 17,000 schools worldwide. The Reading Cloud powered by Junior revolutionises the way children interact with books in our digital age. Providing a live, safe online reading community which supports the curriculum and is aimed at driving reading for enjoyment. Using engaging and innovative technologies the Reading Cloud’s tools and features support and empower pupils to become motivated independent readers and learners for life. To find out more visit the Reading Cloud primary page at
MLS are delighted again to be supporting these prestigious and unique children’s book awards.
 About Lovereading4schools and Kids
Countless research shows the importance of good reading skills from an early age and a child’s future success in life. However, finding books to inspire children or authors that excite them, can be difficult; the choice is daunting and guidance rather thin on the ground. That’s where Lovereading4kids and its sister site Lovereading4schools can help.

Lovereading4kids is the leading book recommendation site for Children’s Books from toddlers to teens. It has been created using the experience the founders have as parents, book lovers and years of working in the book industry, to inspire children to read great books.

Unique features and services help parents and anyone who likes to buy books for children choose the best books for boys and girls of all ages … and best of all it is free to use.

•      Download and print off the Opening Extract of over 10,000 children’s books.
•      Read our exclusive online book reviews by children’s book experts including Julia Eccleshare (author and children’s books editor at the Guardian).
•      Explore reviews by members of our children’s reader review panel.
•      Discover new books recommended by humans not computer algorithms.

Lovereading4schools was created to help teachers and parents encourage children to love reading a variety of books throughout the school year. The website offers schools an easy, impartial and free way to create and share reading lists with their parents and pupils, offering age appropriate books as well as themed collections of titles.

Specially curated lists are arranged by school year, ranging from Reception to Year 9 and onwards through teenage years. There are also specialist categories for Reluctant and Dyslexic Readers that can make a real difference to those who struggle with their reading.

Lovereading4schools is endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson and all titles are selected by Julia Eccleshare MBE, the children’s book editor for The Guardian. 

Visit the websites and make choosing books for children a joy!

Shortlist announcement w/b March 26th 2018
The winners will be announced on July 6th at the UKLA International Conference, Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff
Enquires fao Lynda Graham