CONTENTS January 2018

2 New Year predictions: where will 2018 take children’s books?

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year ahead: the books most exciting children’s publishers

9 ‘The Dyslexic Novelist’: Sally Gardner introduces charity NUword


10 Authorgraph: Liz Kessler interviewed by Michelle Pauli

12 Ten of the Best: suffragette stories chosen by Nikki Gamble

14 Beyond the Secret _________________________________________

Garden? Part one in a new series by Darren Chetty and Karen Sands O’Connor

16 Winnie the Pooh: a classic of collaboration curators of the V&A’s new exhibition discuss the interwoven genius of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard

20 Two Children Tell: the reality of words


2018: the year ahead

2017 was an unsettling year for all sorts of reasons, and change looks set to be the theme of 2018. What will the new year bring for the world of children’s books? Books for Keeps asked those in the know for their predictions.

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18 Windows into Illustration: Holly Sterling


21 Eleanor Farjeon’s books for keeps by Brian Alderson

22 I Wish I’d Written… Piers Torday chooses

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22 Reviewers and reviews Books About Children’s Books Under 5s (Pre-School/ Nursery/Infant) + Ed’s Choice 5-8 (Infant/Junior) 8-10 (Junior/Middle) 10-14 (Middle/Secondary) + New Talent 14+ (Secondary/Adult)


32 Classics in Short No. 127 Pauline Clarke’s The Twelve and the Genii

_________________________________________ COVER STORY

This issue’s cover illustration is from Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone. The illustrator is Daniela Terrazzini. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Children’s Books for their help with this January cover.

Nicky Morgan, Interim Director, Children and Young People, Arts Council England We’re really excited to see what 2018 brings for children’s literature and libraries in general. As we start the new year, our main concerns in this area focus on the falling sales of literary fiction, and local authority funding for libraries. However, in April, our largest ever group of arts and culture organisations will be beginning their four year funding journey with us, which includes seven library services, 48 literature organisations and the Society for Chief Librarians. We’ll support these organisation to create compelling experiences and innovative projects to instill a love of books and reading in young people, which will last throughout their childhood and into adult life and we will continue to work with the Society for Chief Librarians on a wide range of programmes including Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions for pre-school children, Reading Hack activities for teens and the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge. The introduction of our Artsmark

Partnership Programme will also see more cultural organisations,

engage and support schools working towards their Artsmark award – bringing a richness of arts and cultural experiences to thousands of children across the country.

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January 2018 No.228 ISSN 0143-909X © Books for Keeps CIC 2016 Editor: Ferelith Hordon Assistant Editor: Ruth Williams Editorial assistant Grace Hebditch Managing Editor: Andrea Reece Design: Louise Millar Editorial correspondence should be sent to Books for Keeps,

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Emily Drabble, head of children’s book promotion and prizes Book Trust There’s been a lot talk for so long now about how to make children’s books more diverse in terms of representation in books as well diverse backgrounds of authors, illustrators and people in the children’s books industry. It feels like we are on the cusp of zeitgeist change in terms of ethnicity at least, and there’s some really positive action. I keep hearing about exciting new iniatives and publishers with bright ideas (I’m really excited about Knights Of for example) so I’m feeling optimistic. However there’s still a long way to go for the kind of diversity of ALL types that I’d love to see reflected in children’s books.

Aimée Felone, Knights Of Representation, in our industry as well as in the books published, will continue to be the topic of discussion for 2018. 2017 saw an increased awareness of what the industry is not doing and who isn’t being served and this conversation will continue in 2018. As we have seen, independent publishers and agencies are able to implement business models and structures that place representation and inclusion at the forefront of their company – to effective results. The success of these indies will continue and authors and large corporate publishers alike will increasingly look to them as part of the solution, hopefully leading to both increased support and permanent change.

Teresa Cremin Professor of Education, The Open University Will 2018 herald many changes in the world of children’s reading? I doubt radical shifts are ahead of us, but the renewed educational attention we’ve seen of late to reading for pleasure will remain central, especially since the recent PIRLS (2016) results show England

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