June 1, 2016

What’s The Dig? Here’s The Dig: Fully Booked’s weekly digest of book news. Literary fuel to get you through hump days.

 

1. Children’s Word of the Year: Refugee.

The Oxford University Press declares “Refugee” as Children’s Word of the Year based on the 123, 436 entries from young writers at this year’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. In one of the stories, a boy aged 13 wrote, “We fled for our lives, took what we could, and drove off into the distance. We made our way to the refugee camp.” 

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Photo by Jeff J Mitchell

Check out the short listed stories here.

2. Winnie-the-Pooh meets Queen Elizabeth II (and Prince George).

As Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday, the beloved children’s book character, Winnie-the-Pooh, also happens to turn 90 years old this year. To celebrate both of their birthdays, a new adventure story has been released where the two much-loved British icons finally met.

Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday. Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Winnie-the-Pooh with the Queen from a new adventure story which sees the bear of very little brain meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays. Issue date: Thursday May 26, 2016.The illustrated story called Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday, plus an audio video version narrated by Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent, sees Pooh travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore to deliver a special present to the 90-year-old monarch. A free ebook and animated story are available to download from www.Disney.co.uk/WinnieRoyalBirthday. See PA story ROYAL Pooh. Photo credit should read: Disney/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. URN:26441235

(c) Mark Burgess/Disney

In Winnie-the-Pooh and The Royal Birthday, we also meet Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, and Cristopher Robin, who seems to be not the only boy to show up in the book. As Pooh and his friends deliver their thoughtful birthday presents to the Queen, they find her with a little boy as her companion. It’s Prince George!

 

Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday. Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Piglet with Prince George from a new adventure story which sees Winnie-the-Pooh meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays. Issue date: Thursday May 26, 2016.The illustrated story called Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday, plus an audio video version narrated by Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent, sees Pooh travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore to deliver a special present to the 90-year-old monarch. A free ebook and animated story are available to download from www.Disney.co.uk/WinnieRoyalBirthday. See PA story ROYAL Pooh. Photo credit should read: Disney/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. URN:26441236

(c) Mark Burgess/Disney

Watch and read along to the Winnie-the-Pooh and The Royal Birthday audio adventure, narrated by Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent here.

3. Otter goes to school for the first time!

The adorable Otter from the picture books by Sam Garton is excited to go to school, but it looks like his friend, Teddy is not.

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Find out what will happen to Otter and his friends at Otter Goes To School (I Am Otter) to be released on June 14, 2016. Meanwhile, you can visit Otter at www.iamotter.co.uk.

4. My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat wins this year’s Children’s Book Award

Pamela Butchart, a secondary teacher, together with London-based illustrator Thomas Flintham have won the Children’s Book Award 2016 for their book, My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat which tells the story of a group of kids who decided that their new head teacher is a vampire, based on being slightly scary, the blinds drawn on his office during the day, and banned garlic breads at lunchtimes (What if he secretly has fangs, too?). The said award is voted entirely by children themselves.

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Photo by Ed Thompson 

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See the full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016 here.

 

 

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