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NEW BOOKS AND ACTIVITY PAGES
So many great picturebooks have been published in 2023.
Here’s our selection of some of the best.
We hope hope you and your children will enjoy sharing these books again and again and enjoy conversations, creative activities, finding out more or imaginative story play.
Looking for a gripping new novel for a more experienced reader or to read aloud to them? Here are a few new titles to look out for. Find out more here.
OUR BOOK IN FOCUS
Our book in focus is Maybe, Chris Haughton, Age 0-5
When three baby monkeys are left with strict instructions not to go to the mango tree as there are tigers there the temptation is just too much and in no time at all they find themselves narrowly escaping danger.
Maybe brilliantly captures the feelings of the very young when warned not to do something tempting. The illustrations are stunning, and the monkeys’ huge eyes convey their thoughts and feelings powerfully.
MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM SONIA THOMPSON, BIRMINGHAM HEADTEACHER
Sue McGonigle from Lovemybooks recently interviewed Sonia Thompson, Head Teacher of St Matthews C of E Primary School, Birmingham. See whole video
See Sonia’s message to parents below.
TYGER by SF SAID WINS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to TYGER by SF Said, illustrated by DaveMcKean, which is winner of Book of the Year: Children’s Fiction at the British Book Awards. All the judges agreed that the book already “felt like a classic”.
SF Said says ‘I put 9 long, hard years of my life into writing TYGER because I believe children’s books are the most important books of all. So it was beyond incredible to see it win Children’s Book Of The Year at the #BritishBookAwards. Thank you @thebookseller @theweekjunior & the judges!!!’
See our Tyger activity page
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PATRONS 🧡 🧡 🧡
Award for Michael Rosen
Congratulations to Lovemybooks’ patron Michael Rosen on winning the prestigious Pen Pinter prize for his fearless body of work including his writing for children. Ruth Borthwick one of the judges said Rosen has “championed a way of writing for children which reflects their everyday worlds, using humour and wordplay to validate their imaginative ways of thinking and being”, said judge and chair of English PEN, Ruth Borthwick. Read more here: Author Michael Rosen wins 2023 PEN Pinter prize for ‘fearless’ body of work | Books | The Guardian
The Island of Brilliant
Interested in children’s books? Another of our wonderful patrons Frank Cottrell Boyce has launched a great podcast with author illustrator Nadia Shireen entitled The Island of Brilliant The Island of Brilliant! | a podcast by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Nadia Shireen (podbean.com)
SF was appointed writer in residence at Booktrust in March.
See Writer in Residence at BookTrust: SF Said | BookTrust
David received an OBE for services to Literature in April. He has also received two international prizes this year, the Nonino International prize one of Italy’s most prestigious literary prizes and the James Kruss prize awarded to a living author of children’s and YA books distinguished by linguistic brilliance originality imaginative storytelling and cosmopolitanism.
Visit our activity page for David Almond’s Tale of Angelino Brown and The Boy who Climbed into the Moon
We are utterly delighted to announce that award-winning poet, playwright and author Joseph Coelho is the brand new Waterstones Children’s Laureate!
Julian receives a CBE in the Jubilee Honours list. He is a Headteacher and National Leader of Education and one of our first patrons. Julian is a dedicated pioneer in early years education and has a particular focus on young children’s communication and early literacy. He has a doctorate in education (EdD).
Visit the website of Sheringham Nursery School where Julian is Headteacher and see the Teaching School Programme at www.sheringham-nur.org.uk
Julian blogs at www.juliangrenier.blogspot.co.uk You can follow him @juliangrenieR
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Everything I think is important about Lovemybooks is right there in its name!
SF Said, author
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