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Today's Reading

Michael Grant‘s awesome (and gruesome) Light, Ray Bradbury‘s Something Wicked This Way Comes and a guilty pleasure/research Teen Vogue.

Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize

The 2013 Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award has fast become a prestigious gong in the field of digital children’s publishing - the prizes going to DADA Company for their Four Little Corners (fiction) and Touch Press/Egmont’s War Horse (Non-fiction)

Check out what The Bookseller had to say about the awards.


TOC Bologna: Keynote Speakers

I was lucky enough to work on putting together the TOC Bologna programme this year - and enjoyed the challenge in finding keynote speakers who will guide the day and deliver inspiring and thought provoking presentations.

Dominique Raccah, founder, president, and publisher of Sourcebooks, celebrates the role of the independent publisher and the potential that digital publishing opens up. Francesca Dow, Penguin Children’s Books, one of the best and most experienced voices in children’s books and digital publishing will highlight the changing playing field and the shifts that have taken place in the market. Alice Wilder will share some insight from the lessons of television and other media that can be applied to digital kids’ publishing and from her research with kids and what they really want from digital content.


I am looking forward to seeing the Digital Strategy panel - featuring Dominique, and Francesca alongside Till Weitendorf, (Verlag Friedrich Oetinger), Sarah Odedina (Hotkey Books) and Deborah Forte (Scholastic) as they discuss their experiences and vision for digital publishing.


Trying out the mobile app - let’s try this blog lark on the road!! (What could go wrong?)

CBI Conference 2013

The CBI Annual Conference line-up has been released with more awesome writers, illustrators and speakers than you could dream of. Taking place in May this years conference tackles Rebels and Rulebreakers on 18 and 19 May. (Registration opens on March 1) 

Of course you want to know who to expect… hold onto your hats: 

  • Translator, festival curator and journalist Sarah Ardizzone
  • ‘Prince of Preschool’ Hervé Tullet
  • International Bestseller John Boyne
  • Comic book heroes Sarah McIntyre, Alan Nolan and Rory McConville
  • Claude the Dog creator Alex T. Smith
  • Author of The Weight of Water and Breathe Sarah Crossan
  • Brazilian author Ana Maria Machado
  • Cló Mhaigh Eo publisher Colmán Ó Raghallaigh
  • And recent Caldecott medal winner Jon Klassen

But wait. There’s more: the 2013 conference are putting a session together on Irish authors/illustrators for children who have fallen off ‘the edge of the page’ and whose work has been forgotten. They YOU to talk for a few mins about authors/illustrators you love. Go on, get suggesting!