Potter Fans Gather at King’s Cross for ’19 Years Later’

By September 1, 2017Children's Literature, Video

Harry Potter fans will well remember the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where the gang reassemble at Platform 9 ¾ to wave off their own children to Hogwarts for the first time. Well, this may come as a shock, but ‘19 years later’, is 1st September 2017, the date in the book that the next generation go off to school and Harry Potter fans are celebrating in style!

Today thousands of fans of the series assembled at King’s Cross station at the exact moment (11am) Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny send off their children to school in the books and movies and they made quite the sight!

The Evening Standard have covered the event, showing thousands of fans congregated at the station, take a look!

US Authors Campaigning Against ‘Kids in Cages’

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Wherever you are it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard about the current move by the US administration separating children from their parents who are seeking asylum. Despite many smokescreens and accusations that this policy has been around under previous administrations, that is simply a myth. The policy was introduced on 6th April 2018 and was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller and approved by President Trump to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration. Read More

Some Surprising Facts about J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan

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J. M Barrie (9th May 1860 – 19th June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the writer who brought us Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up.

After being born and educated in Scotland, Barrie moved to London where he wrote more plays and novels. It was here he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (The Little White Bird), and to write Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, a fairy play about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy. Read More

9 year old’s story about a refugee child is a competition winner

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9 year old Frasier Cox won The Book People’s 2017 Bedtime Story Competition with his beautiful poem inspired by the theme of friendship.

The Book People ran the competition earlier last year and from the 1300 entries a shortlist of 3 stories were chosen from different age ranges- 5-7 years, 8-9 years, and 10-11 years. The shortlisters were respectively Jackson Mendoza, Frasier Cox, and Amy Chick. From those three winners one final overall winner had to be decided upon by three judges.

Frasier’s story was written in the style of a poem and is about a hypothetical friendship between himself and a refugee boy. His warmth, empathy, and humanity shone through and won him the coveted prize of having his book illustrated and published. After being told of his success, Frasier told The Book People:  “I’m really pleased and very excited to have won The Bedtime Story Competition and can’t wait for my story to be made into a real book. I love reading and writing stories and to know that my book will be read by children all over the country makes me very proud.”

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What keeps Judith Kerr writing after 50 years of success?

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Judith Kerr is a writer and illustrator who is best known for her debut children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came To Tea is so popular that it has never been out of print. 30 books have been created- all written and illustrated by Judith- and 50 years have passed, but Judith is still drawing and writing every day.

What makes a successful artist keep working well into their 90s?

The Telegraph gave some answers in an exclusive interview with Kerr at her home- the one with the very same kitchen as featured in her debut book The Tiger Who Came To Tea. 

Here are some of our favourite quotes from that interview.

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Original Winnie the Pooh ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ Map up for Auction

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The original map of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood will be unveiled by Sotheby’s auction house today before it goes on sale later this year. The map, which is the original EH Shepard drawing hasn’t been seen for 50 years and will accompany various other illustrations in the sale.

The sale, one of the most exciting Southeby’s has seen for a while is likely to attract worldwide interest as the original Hundred Acre Wood map and four other illustrations go up for sale this July.
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George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’ Movie Adaptation Announced

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George R.R. Martin may be best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy books, but the author has written a number of stories not related to the gritty world of Westeros. The Ice Dragon is one such book, a fantasy story for children originally published in 1980 in the Ace Books anthology Dragons of Light. Following the massive success of Martin’s fantasy series, and the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones, The Ice Dragon has since been released as a standalone children’s book with beautiful illustrations. Read More



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