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7 November 2018 National Non-Fiction November

National Non-Fiction November

While children’s fiction is enjoying a boom, non-fiction for curious children is quietly inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, writers and much more...

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Tags: Food around the world


1 November 2018 Powerful Young Voice Hits the UK YA Scene as Usborne Acquires Twenty-Year-Old Debut Author

Usborne continues to build its list of breakthrough UK YA voices with the acquisition of an explosive high-school thriller that delves deep into the heart of institutionalised racism from an astonishing new voice – twenty-year-old Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

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Tags: Children's fiction acquisitions


30 October 2018 Orla's story: how books help her make sense of the world

Orla's story: how books help her make sense of the world

Orla (age 2) has Down’s syndrome and moderate hearing loss – but the discovery of Usborne’s Baby’s Very First Black and White Books is helping her to build her language skills. To celebrate International Down Syndrome Awareness month, her mother Mariam tells her story:

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Tags: baby books


16 October 2018 Tips on applying for an editorial job at Usborne

Tips on applying for an editorial job at Usborne

Managing Editor Mairi Mackinnon offers an inside view of Usborne’s recruitment process for new writers and editors, with some helpful tips for candidates.

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11 October 2018 Breakthrough children’s novel set in Papua New Guinea makes a splash at Usborne

Usborne continues to build its booming middle-grade list with a spell-binding story of friendship, forgiveness and bravery from author Zillah Bethell.

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Tags: Children's fiction acquisitions


3 October 2018 Problem-solving and thinking skills – how chess can help your children

Problem-solving and thinking skills – how chess can help your children

With the 2018 World Chess Championship taking place in London in November 2018, former British Ladies Chess Champion and Director of the UK Chess Challenge, Sarah Hegarty, explains the merits of introducing children to the game at an early age.

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Tags: chess


2 October 2018 Rewriting Jane Austen for younger readers

Rewriting Jane Austen for younger readers

Usborne editor Anna Milbourne explains her approach to adapting Jane Austen's novels in one complete collection, and reflects on the similarities and differences of Austen's characters to young people growing up today.

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Tags: classic stories


31 August 2018 What we learned from the Usborne Academy week

What we learned from the Usborne Academy week

This August, we held our first Usborne Academy week, an opportunity for people currently under-represented in publishing to spend a week at Usborne. 

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Tags: inside usborne Book industry


24 July 2018 Usborne buys Patel’s humorous middle grade series

Usborne has acquired a funny three-book series about a “bridesmaid detective” by debut author Serena Patel.

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Tags: Children's fiction acquisitions


5 July 2018 Why books must challenge children – Geraldine McCaughrean, winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018

Why books must challenge children – Geraldine McCaughrean, winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018

Geraldine McCaughrean won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 for Where the World Ends, exactly 30 years after she first won this prestigious children's literature prize. In her winning speech she calls for children to be challenged by words as well as issues in the books they read.

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Tags: Children's fiction Book industry


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