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.”
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.
(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!
(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.
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.
Photo by Ed Thompson
See the full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016 here.