Monday, 22 August 2016

Of Kings and Car Parks

On this date, 22nd August, in 1485 Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was 32. What can a Plantagenet Monarch who only reigned for two years have to do with children's fiction?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ask a Picture Book Editor


How to make your plot pack a punch!

Last month we talked about how to avoid your plot feeling dull and reading like a list. This month we’ve got some tips on how to make sure there’s enough action and adventure in your story.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Waterstones Celebrates Peter Bunzl 'Cogheart'

Can't judge a book by its cover? I have to say that isn't the case for Peter Bunzl's Cogheart. The cover looks amazing and it's a fabulous story too. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Featured Illustrator: Julia Patton

This month's Featured Illustrator is Northumberland based author/illustrator Julia Patton. With a colourful style based around quirky effervescent characters, Julia's fun illustrations are a popular choice for publishers in both Britain and overseas. See more of her work in the Featured Illustrator Gallery


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Book Bound 2016 – Turning the Pages to Success...

Oxon Hoath manor house – home for the weekend!
 ‘You want your children’s book to be accepted by a publisher. We want to help you achieve that.’ – The Book Bound Team

Book Bound writing retreat 17-19 th June was the second of its kind at the stunning location of Oxon Hoath manor house in Kent. Report by Emma Finlayson-Palmer

Network News: Wales SCBWI Birthday Celebrations




 Wales - famous for cake?

If Wales is not famous for its cake, then it should be.  Dragons, rugby and cake - although rugby was overtaken by football on the day we met in Carmarthen.
Text and pictures by Claire Fayers and Zoë Thomas.