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2 September 2019 Rediscovering brave and brilliant girls in traditional fairy tales

Rediscovering brave and brilliant girls in traditional fairy tales

Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls is published in September 2019, with a foreword by Kate Pankhurst. Its editor Lesley Sims explains why these empowering stories were forgotten, and how Usborne rediscovered and retold them for a new generation.

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Tags: fairy tales Children's fiction


14 May 2019 Usborne's Rebecca Hill wins Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019

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7 May 2019 Four Usborne titles on the Branford Boase Award 2019 shortlist

Usborne is proud to have four titles on the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award 2019, awarded to a debut novelist and their editor.

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Tags: Children's fiction


8 January 2019 Why children should confront what scares them in books

Why children should confront what scares them in books

Samuel J. Halpin, author of The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods, explains why it's so important that children are given the opportunity to confront what scares them, be it real or imagined, within the confines of the written word.

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14 December 2018 Usborne acquires timely middle-grade debut by exciting new literary author

Usborne acquires timely middle-grade debut by exciting new literary author

Usborne has acquired a beautifully poetic and political novel from debut author, Darren Simpson, an exciting new voice in literary children’s middle-grade fiction.

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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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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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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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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


27 June 2018 The Travels of Ermine: a stoatily brilliant adventure

The Travels of Ermine: a stoatily brilliant adventure

Jennifer Gray, author of The Travels of Ermine series featured in the Tom Fletcher Book Club 2018, explains the thinking behind her stoatily brilliant new animal adventure for 5-7 year olds.

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Tags: Children's fiction writing


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