Friday, 20 January 2017

Remembering Babette Cole

The Children's book world was rocked this week by the sad news of the death of Babette Cole, acclaimed author/illustrator of Princess Smartypants and over 70 other children's titles. Babette was a good friend of SCBWI - she was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Bologna SCBWI Conference and continued as an SCBWI member thereafter for some years. Here in tribute are a few words from some of us who knew her.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Proofreading Tips: What's in a Name?

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The SCBWI Conference Fringe is a series of popular sessions held on the afternoon before the Conference commences. For the November 2016 Conference I hosted What's in a Name? - a ‘guided chat’ on what you might consider when naming a character.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 17th January

Logo by Melany Pietersen
Nick Cross writes:
Welcome back to the Blog Break, which will be appearing fortnightly from now on. I have to admit to being a bit daunted by the task of writing this first instalment, because it feels like I'm starting again from scratch. So do excuse me if this week's salvo contains more links than you can get through in ten minutes!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Reading between the lines

Gabe reading, by Jason CC BY ND 2.0

By K. M. Lockwood, @lockwoodwriter

Books within books - what lies beneath reading in stories. How and why would you use that in your own work.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Year; New Team... Part 2

This week co-editor Claire Watts welcomes our new regular feature writers to the Words & Pictures team. Let’s have a huge round of applause for all our fabulous new volunteers!

And don’t forget, if YOU have anything you'd like to contribute to Words & Pictures, you can contact us using the address at the bottom of this email.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A Strange Celebration for Danny Pearson, Steve Beckett and Tim Collins

By Charlotte Comley We are starting the New Year celebrating how authors can help reluctant readers. Badger Learning have created a new series of books for kids who need a small nudge when it comes to enjoying books! The eight books in the new Strange Town series are sure to delight a whole new generation of middle grade readers.