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CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2020 The Friends Calendar 2021


2 Editorial _________________________________________


3 Fairytale Adventures : Michelle Pauli interviews Ben Miller about his new book.


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4 Books for Giving 2020 The best books to give this year selected by Urmi Merchant of Pickled Pepper Books


________________________________________ 6 Changing the World One _________________________________________


8 Ten of the Best: books every child should read selected by James Mayhew


12 Authorgraph: Jennifer Donnelly interviewed by Joy Court


14 Happy Blooming _________________________________________


Christmas: an extract from the new book about Raymond Briggs


16 Beyond the Secret _________________________________________


Garden: Tidings of Comfort and Joy a seasonal round up from Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O’Connor


18 Dogger’s Christmas Present: Shirley Hughes _________________________________________ interviewed by Nicolette Jones


20 Books of the Year: our panel’s choice


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21 Obituary: Jill Paton Walsh remembered by Jon Appleton


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22 I Wish: Sarah Lean chooses a book that transcends fashion


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22 Reviewers and reviews List of reviewers


Books about Children’s Books Under 5s (Pre-School/Nursery/ Infant)


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5-8 (Infant/Junior) 8-10 (Junior/Middle) + Ed’s Choice 10-14 (Middle/Secondary) + New Talent 14+ (Secondary/Adult)


36 Classics in Short No. 144 Hebridean Treasures on the Isle of Mist


_________________________________________ COVER STORY


This issue’s cover illustration is from The Day I Fell into a Fairytale by Ben Miller, illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.


Books for Keeps


November 2020 No.245 ISSN 0143-909X © Books for Keeps CIC 2016


Managing Editor: Andrea Reece Editorial advisor: Ferelith Hordon Assistant Editor: Eloise Delamere Editorial assistant: Alexia Counsell Design: Louise Millar


Editorial correspondence should be sent to Books for Keeps, 30 Winton Avenue London N11 2AT.


2 Books for Keeps No.245 November 2020


Books for Keeps is available online at www.booksforkeeps.co.uk A regular BfK Newsletter can also be sent by email. To sign up for the Newsletter, go to www.booksforkeeps.co.uk and follow the Newsletter link.  sent to enquiries@booksforkeeps.co.uk*


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Book at a Time Onjali Q Ráuf interviewed by Clare Zinkin


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10 Windows into Illustration: Thiago de Moraes


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For the last few years, Peter Sheldon (ex-Peters Bookselling Services) has got together with some of our best children’s illustrators to produce a calendar. This year’s gifted line up of illustrators include Posy Simmonds, Helen Oxenbury, Colin McNaughton, David McKee, Debi Gliori and Tony Ross for December.


The calendars are A4 spiral bound, opening up to A3 wall size, and cost £7.95 including P&P and will be mailed out towards the end of November. Email Anne Marley with your order requirements


anne.marley@tiscali.co.uk All profits go to BookTrust.


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