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A subject we should but don’t often see on writing blogs. First posted by Clare Zinkin. Capturing young readers.

The Importance of Awards for Non-fiction

Being shortlisted for a prestigious award is always an honour for the book, author and publisher. It is also important that non-fiction is recognised and commended as highly as fiction. It’s even more exciting when people who enjoy DK’s books are involved in the judging including children’s, teachers and librarians, which is why DK is delighted that this year two of our books have been shortlisted for outstanding non-fiction awards: My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things for The School Library Association Under 7’s Information Book Award, which is announced today (22nd November), and Home Lab by Robert Winston, which has won The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. This is the third year running that DK have won the prize and marks 13 wins in total at the same awards.

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things – SLA Information Award

When you are little, everything in the world is very important. Everything is exciting and new and it’s difficult to decide what to find out about first. This very special encyclopedia means that there is no need to choose.

What is very important to us is that little learners love our books. But to get them into their hands, we need the help of book lovers and librarians – so when My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things was nominated for the SLA Under 7’s Information Book Award, we were delighted. Being nominated for this award reinforces the need for kids to keep asking questions, seeking information, and finding all the answers they need. Where is the hottest place in the world? How tall can a sunflower grow? Are purple carrots real? What colour is topaz? All the answers are in these pages.

This book is made for a very important person, and that is the child who reads it. With a section entitled ‘Very important things about me’, little readers will understand that their body is an amazing machine, that their brains can do dozens of things at once, and that everyone’s emotions matter. By understanding just how important they are, we hope that young readers will be inspired to keep learning – and doing – wonderful things.

“What the judges say:

A lovely bright layout, combining excellent photos and quirky illustrations offers an appealing setting for the text. There are plenty of facts on each page, laid out clearly and using simple, accessible language. There is something to interest everyone here, from dinosaurs to clouds, music to habitats. This is a lovely browser that offers something new every time it is picked up.”

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for Home Lab by Robert Winston

A few months before we got cracking on this book, we knew that Home Lab was going to be a challenge: our team wanted to create the perfect combination of simple instructions and bright, exciting photography. More than anything, we wanted young people to not just read about science, but also do science. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”. This book instills that practical philosophy into 28 fun science experiments with basic materials found around the home, including making some truly gooey slime, cheap yet effective smartphone speakers, and a surprisingly strong bridge using lollipop sticks.

When Home Lab was shortlisted alongside five other remarkable books for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, we were obviously thrilled. Now, 300 groups of young people throughout the country will get a chance to vote for a book that places considered thought over hearsay, reasoning over rumour. We did not make this book for awards, of course, but what this nomination represents is a recognition of the importance of science in the lives of children. Afterall, today’s young people are tomorrow’s scientists. A cleaner, safer environment requires an understanding of sustainable energy; the construction of a new building is only possible with a knowledge of materials and engineering; and an aeroplane will fly when optimised for airflow using a streamlined design. These endeavours are possible only through the acquisition and application of scientific concepts.

Home Lab tries to kickstart that process – to get kids, girls and boys, asking questions and urging them to think creatively and critically. In this way, it is truly satisfying to be greeted by a panel of judges who also believe in the necessity of science as a way to build a better and more thoughtful world.

As the editor of this book and also an optimistic parent, I am hopeful that great reference books (and not just these six nominated titles) will open up doors to new possibilities. A world in which Benjamin Franklin – himself a great scientist – would proudly look upon with a sense of wonder and head-scratching awe.

This guest post was written by Poppy Izzard, Claire Morrison, and Ashwin Khurana. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the FCBG.

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A plea for our planet, a nudge from the UK could set something magnificent off

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Every day 16 MILLION plastic bottles go un-recycled in the UK, choking our rivers and suffocating the ocean. Now a revolutionary plan to solve this is on the table but industry is fighting back. There’s no time to waste: every minute another 10,000 bottles go un-recycled, and the public consultation ends in days! Let’s make sure the Minister can’t back down:

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Dear friends,

Every day 16 MILLION plastic bottles go un-recycled in the UK.

It’s a plague of plastic that’s choking our rivers and suffocating the ocean — it’s even in our drinking water! But finally there’s hope.

The Environment Secretary is considering a revolutionary plan to give people a financial incentive to recycle. It’s a complete no-brainer, but industry lobbyists and even supermarkets are fighting back, hard — and the extended consultation closes in 4 days!

To drown them out we need a tidal wave of public support to flood the consultation — click to add your name and then share this with everyone, we’re making our submission in 4 days:

Secretary Gove: End the Plastic Plague Now!

The plan is super simple: a small deposit is paid with every plastic bottle, which you get back when you recycle the bottle. In places like Germany and Denmark this same plan has taken recycling rates to over 90%.

More recycling means new plastic production would plummet. We’d use less oil, our beaches, birds, and brooks could breath again, AND our councils would actually save money from lower garbage collection and landfill costs. Complete no-brainer.

There’s no time to waste — every minute another 10,000 bottles go un-recycled. With only 4 days left, let’s make sure the Minister can’t back down now. Add your name and then tell everyone:

Secretary Gove: End the Plastic Plague Now!

In the wild, a single plastic bottle can take 450 years to break down. Winning this would be a victory felt for centuries. Our great, great, great, great grandchildren will walk on their beaches, birds circling overhead as the waves roll in, smiling back at us. Let’s make this happen now, for us, for them, and for our world.

With hope and determination,

Mike, Fatima, Meredith, Spyro, Antonia and the whole team at Avaaz

More information:

Plastic bottle deposit return scheme could save England’s councils £35m a year (The Guardian)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/11/plastic-bottle-deposit-return-scheme-could-save-…

Supermarkets’ secret bid to block plastic bottle deposit scheme: Bosses set out opposition to plans to make firms recycle more (Daily Mail)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5052921/Supermarkets-plot-block-plastic-bottle-deposit-scheme.html#ixzz4yaZgBwT0

Michael Gove suggests plastic bottle deposit scheme (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41474334

We are all choking on plastic pollution — it’s time for the UK to act (The Telegraph)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/13/choking-plastic-pollution-time-uk-act/

Sir David Attenborough Calls For Action Against Plastic Pollution (Futurism)

https://futurism.com/sir-david-attenborough-calls-for-action-against-plastic-pollution/

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Mick’s Short Form Poetry Challenge #1 – Perpetuating the Rare Forms’ – Sept 16th 2017 – Prompt: ‘fresh’

A great idea, short form poetry concentrates your thought to make of them what you will. To paraphrase a wise old adage, “Hint don’t tell,” is a rule to remember.

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Mick’s Short Form Poetry Challenge – Perpetuating the Rare Short Form Poetry.

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Should you wish to skip the introduction and go directly to the poetry types please click here

Introduction:

Firstly; thanks to all who participated in the original Elfje challenge, it was a bit of a slow start, but we were getting there. However, a suggestion made by Jules Paige that I change the format to a multi one based on short forms of poetry, I thought a great idea, and for which I thank her, most gratefully. Here then are the forms, if they are new to you please click on the one that takes your interest for its guidelines, thank you. Some of them can be likened to rare breeds, and as the saying goes, “Use them or lose them”,. It might be that some of them were totally unknown to you, there were to me. So, I think by…

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You’ll Never Be A Good Writer If You…

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Get Ready to Rodeo! — Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Norah Colvin writes in the upcoming The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1: “Flash fiction is a form of short writing. In its various forms, it may be known as, for example, micro fiction, sudden fiction, or six-word stories; the length may vary from as few as six to as many as […]

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Good advice never goes stale

Does this sound boring to you? Probably, but it’s likely the most important obstacle in the way for new writers. With so many distractions, how does a writer focus on what’s really important – writing? While there are many answers, I thought I’d offer some personal tips. Now realize, I came upon most of these […]

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How to Begin to Write Poetry — A Writer’s Path

by Diana Raab, PhD Poetry is the voice of the soul and is often considered a free-flowing form of expression. Poets help us see a slice of the world in a way in which we might not have observed it before. They highlight details to cast a light on a feeling, an image, or an […]

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VOICE & WATCH #1 – HAIKU

This is great speak it, shout it loud

Mick E Talbot Poems

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watch the world dying…
natures voice… decades ignored…
to late… start crying
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to late… start crying
natures voice… decades ignored…
watch the world dying…

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airing warnings… hark
hear the planet dying
my voice not enough
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my voice not enough
hear the planet dying
airing warnings… hark…

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watch now… life fading
voices shouting help… ignored
their death… imminent
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their death… imminent
voices shouting help… ignored
watch now… life fading

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watch television…
as naturalists voice warnings
fake news… of course not…
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fake news… of course not…
as naturalists voice warnings…
watch television…

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watch… your opinions…
read… make your voice heard
still in denial…
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still in denial…
read… make your voice heard
watch… your opinions…
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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 50 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: VOICE & WATCH #1

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Snack for thought

Originally posted on Rachel Poli: We already talked about the when and why I started writing short stories. But what about you? Pretend you’re back at school and your new English teacher is asking you to write an essay on the first day. (What a jerk, am I right?) Here’s the question: Do you write…

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Why Pinterest May Be The Greatest Website For Writers

A Writer's Path

by Teagan Berry

There are countless social media sites out on the internet, each of them offering us different means to share our thoughts and life with other people. For authors, social media can help us out in many different ways. Book promotion, connecting with fans, networking with other authors… and that’s just to name a few.

A little while ago I was introduced to a site called Pinterest by a fellow author and let me tell you, I will be forever grateful to her for it. In this post, along with another one I shall be putting up in a couple days, I hope to give you a few reasons why I believe Pinterest is so useful for authors. Right now, I’m going to focus on the private side of Pinterest, and what it can do for you and your specific writing.

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