BLOG BREAK Friends and Family

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

As you may know, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) publishes a yearly report called Reflecting Realities, which looks at diversity in UK children's literature. Rachael Davis reviews the findings in this year's report and recommends 20 diverse picture books that feature Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic main characters.

Sheila Averbuch has had a long route to publication, but she's finally arrived with her debut middle grade novel Friend Me. On her blog, Sheila interviews her editor at Scholastic, Emily Seife, and gets the lowdown on what Emily looks for in a successful manuscript.

More celebrations now, with debut author Leisa Stewart-Sharpe. Leisa has some great advice as she assesses her creative journey to date, and if you want a very different perspective, then here's Emma Perry, who's decided to interview Leisa's mum instead!

Ann Brady has been thinking about her second family, the other writers who really understand the challenges and rewards of the creative life.

How do you keep your creative energy going during a lockdown? Here's Sally Poyton talking about how carving out her own space to work made a difference.

Finally, are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Kelly McCaughrain and her writing group have been having a less stressful mini-NaNo this month, but it still sounds very productive.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent post asks: What if this is the Last Book You’ll Ever Write?

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