Monday, February 24, 2014

World Book Day 2014

In just about a week, the festivities for World Book Day 2014 will begin! This is my favourite time of year in the book shop, and I have a great line-up for the school children of Galway. Five days, five authors and brilliant fun!
On Monday the 3rd of March, Maria Burke will visit us. Maria is the author of The Ark of Dun Ruan series. Her second book in this fabulous fantasy series was released late last year.
On Tuesday the 4th, Sadie Cramer will bring her talents. She'll be talking about a story and there will be another wonderful activity in store.
Wednesday the 5th brings us the wonderful Patricia Forde, author of brilliant books both in English and in Irish!
Thursday the 6th of March is World Book Day itself. Paula Leyden will be visiting the bookshop to discuss all things 'The Butterfly Heart'; 'The Sleeping Baobab Tree' and Zambia!
Finally, on Friday the 7th of March, Nicola Pierce will arrive in Galway to present her new book, City of Fate. This is an exciting, evocative historical fiction based on events in the lives of young people during the siege of Stalingrad.
And... in between all of these wonderful visits, I will be reading to additional classes of a variety of ages. One of my favourite things to do in the entire world!
All the school classes invited are in for a treat!
Watch this space for photos and updates!
Here are the World Book Day 2014 books, with a very special WBD offering from O'Brien Press... Mary Arrigan's Milo and the Lost Lost Warriors!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014

Here I am playing a bit of catch-up again!
The Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlist is out. The award for the 10th annual Waterstones Children's Book Prize will be announced on April 3rd when the winners in all three categories will receive an award of £2,000 and the overall winner will receive £3,000. The categories are; Best Picture Book, Best Fiction for 5-12s and Best Teen Book.
The purpose of this award is to "uncover hidden talent in children's writing". To qualify, an author can have published no more than three books. The past winners have gone on to very dynamic careers and have given us some outstanding children's books. Some of the past winners include: Jonny Duddle (The Pirates Next Door), Sally Nichols (Ways to Live Forever), RJ Palacio (Wonder)... there's a huge list of writers in the last 10 years who have gone on to make a difference. The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has definitely become one to watch!
Enough of this; here are the shortlists in full:

Best Picture Book:
Harold Finds A Voice by Courtney Dicmas
Weasels by Elys Dolan
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Merino
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley & Nicola O'Byrne
Time For Bed, Fred by Yasmine Ismael

Best Fiction for 5-12s:
Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Best Book for Teens:
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter
Butter by Erin Lange
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

This is quite a competitive list, don't you think?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Laureate na n'Óg Nominations!

Just a quick reminder Ireland! There are just a few days left to get your nominations in for our next Laureate na n'Óg (Childrens' Laureate). Nominations must be in by February 15th, so if you haven't done so already....GET NOMINATING!!!! 
Also remember, Childrens' Books Ireland doesn't just want to hear from us grown-ups (or is that groan-ups? I can never remember...) For the first time, there is a special nomination form for children and schools. From our current Laureate, Niamh Sharkey:
‘This is the first year that we’re asking children to get involved as nominators so I hope that parents, teachers and librarians all around the country will encourage young people to get nominating,’
So, who do you think should be our next Laureate? Follow the link below to find both forms, and send them off right away! (Everything you need to know is on the page.)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medal Longlists

The 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlists are out now. Very impressive lists they are, as well. My personal congratulations go out to Ireland's own Malachy Doyle for his nomination for Too Noisy! and to P.J. Lynch for his illustrations for Mal Peet and Elsbeth Grahams' Mysterious Traveller. Actually, congratulations to them all! The lists are below:
Kate Greenaway Medal longlist 2014:
One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
Open Very Carefully by Nicola O'Byrne (illustrator) and Nick Bromley (author) (Nosy Crow)
The Paper Dolls by Rebecca Cobb (illustrator) and Julia Donaldson (author)(Macmillan Children's Books)
Weasels by Elys Dolan (Nosy Crow)
Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Jill Barton (illustrator) and Joyce Dunbar (author) (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) and Drew Daywalt (author) (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Dark by Jon Klassen (illustrator) and Lemony Snicket (author) (Orchard Books)
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
Where My Wellies Take Me by Olivia Lomenech Gill (illustrator) and Clare and Michael Morpurgo (authors)(Templar)
Mysterious Traveller by P. J Lynch (illustrator) and Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham (authors) (Walker Books)
Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David McKean (illustrator) and David Almond (author) (Walker Books)
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Merino (Macmillan Children's Books)
The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon (Pavilion Children's Books)
Abigail by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press)
The Lemur's Tale by Ophelia Redpath (Templar)
Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books)
Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali (illustrators) and Alix Barzelay (author) (Templar)
Too Noisy! by Ed Vere (illustrator) and Malachy Doyle (author) (Walker Books)
Sidney, Stella and the Moon by Emma Yarlett (Templar)

CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2014:
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond (Walker Books)
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Penguin)
The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)
Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (Doubleday Children's Books)
Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (Electric Monkey)
Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti (Walker Books)
Hostage Three by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford University Press)
Brock by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
Binny for Short by Hilary McKay (Hodder Children's Books)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Jonathan Cape)
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)

Of course I have my favourites in both lists; but I am truly glad that I am not making the decision. It would be too difficult!
The shortlists will be announced on March 18th, and the winners will be announced in June. For more information about the lists and The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, follow the link to the website where you will find everything you need to know.
All the best to everyone!