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SCBWI Summer Spectacular 2020

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I’m going to the SCBWI Summer Spectacular!!!

Whoop whoop!!

The SCBWI summer conference will kick off today, July 31st at 4pm PDT (12am WAT) with a conversation between The Phillip Pullman and Arthur Levine.

I’m super excited!!

This year’s conference features exciting conversations with industry heavyweights like Phillip Pullman, Judy Blume, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Raul the Third, Jane Yolen, Meg Medina, Jeff Kinney and many agents and editors!

Every writer’s dream.

Have you registered? No?!! Hop on over to https://www.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-summer-spectacular-2020/ for more information. See you there!!

Also

1. If you’re a current SCBWI member in Nigeria, you get a stunning 50% discount so you’ll be paying $50 only! If you’re not, subscribe today for $50 and pay the $50 fee for the conference and you’re still pay $75 less than the non-SCBWI member conference attendee!

2. Registered attendees get a discount on the application fee for admission into the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adult.

What are you waiting for?

Scholarship for the 2020 THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS course

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Calling on illustrators and aspiring illustrators of children’s books. Here’s a scholarship for the game-changing illustration course: THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS by the Children’s Book Academy and the amazing Mira Reisberg. 

Scholarship Criteria:

a. If you identify as being of color, or LBGQTI, or as having a disability, or are a member of a group who are currently underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry, you can apply.

b. Also, low income folks who might not be able to take this course otherwise, as well as  SCBWI Regional Advisors, ARAs, and Illustrator Coordinators and children’s librarians  can also apply.

Here’s all that you need to do:

1. Using your funniest or most lyrical language, say something lovely about yourself
2. Describe how you meet the scholarship criteria
3. Include your website if you have one, or email 3 images labeled with your name and “CBICB” in the subject line to mira@childrensbookacademy.com
4. Talk about how you are going to give back by helping your fellow students and the Academy by participating in the group and helping us spread the word about our offerings
5. State if you are agented or if you’ve been previously published

It’s open till August 4. Do not miss it!

For more information about the scholarship, click on the link below:

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For more information about the course, see this post or click on this link:

https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/2020-craft–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html

 

Course Alert: The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books 2020

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Are you an illustrator or an aspiring illustrator? Are you looking for a professional course taught by industry giants? Are you looking for a network of illustrators? Do you want to learn in a professional and warm environment? Do you want the chance to show your work to agents/editors? Then this course is for you.

Run by the very kind and fabulous Editor/Art Director, Mira Reisberg of the Children’s Book Academy, with Illustrator Larissa Marantz and Art Director Andrea Miller, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!

I’m currently taking my second course with the Academy (the Middle Grade Mastery)! I highly recommend it!!

It starts August 3.

Besides all the wonderful things you’ll learn from this course, plus the chance to meet other illustrators and get new critique partners, there’s the almighty Golden Ticket: A chance to pitch to agents, editors and art directors!!!!!!

Click on this link for more information:

https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/2020-craft–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html

Try it, thank me later.

Meet these Authors Tomorrow!!

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You don’t want to miss this!!!! If you or your little ones have read books by any of the following authors:
Katy Iffy
Sope Martins
Bunmi Aboderin Talabi
Jude Idada
Nnenna Ochiche

Ugochi Obidiegwu
Temiloluwa Adeshina
Anisa Daniel Oniko

 
Then you should know that these wonderful kidslit authors will be in the same place, at the same time and you and your little ones can see, listen to and talk to them for free.

Date: 23rd April! (Tomorrow!!!)
Venue: Zoom
Time: 10am – 12pm.

Are you a #homeschool parent? This can be used as Arts or Literature class😉

Head over to @thebookwormcafeng @thesafetychic @thebabylounge on Instagram for more information.
Thank me later.

Better yet, see you there!!

PSB BOOK BOX LAUNCH

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We're up and running!!! The PSB BOOK BOX is a monthly book subscription box for 
kids 0 - 12. 
Boxes contain age-appropriate books, activities and gift items tied to a particular
 theme.

Why you should subscribe? 
1. Convenience: we read, review, buy and ship award-winning, age-appropriate, 
fun and educational books to your doorstep every month. 
2. Build a library for your LO, subscribe for a year 
3. Perfect for birthday gifts, party packs, baby shower gifts,etc. 

A plan for everyone
The 5K new books plan contains 2 - 3 books with book reviews, activity sheets, 
reading reports, the monthly newsletter, discussion questions, and free gifts. 
The 10K new books plan contains 5 - 7 books with book reviews, activity sheets, 
reading reports, the monthly newsletter, discussion questions, and free gifts. 
The 5K used books plan contains 8 - 10 books with activity sheets,reading report, 
monthly newsletter and a free gift. 
NB: Prices DO NOT include cost of delivery.
Boxes ship on the first day of every month. (Nationwide delivery)

We're taking orders for the month of May. 
The May theme: Four-legged Creatures!!! Animals!! 

How To Order
email: ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com
dm on twitter: @PSBookworms 
dm on instagram: @pintsizedbookworms
call/text: 07015563821
SUBSCRIBE NOW!!!!

Top Three Libraries for Kids (plus 1)

*in no particular order

  1. LIAM AND NÖEL BOOKCLUB

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ADDRESS:  1a Victoria Arobieke Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos and Suite 1, 91 & 106 Ikota Shopping Complex, V.G.C. Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 07066260892; 0816145247; 08109618502

EMAIL: info@liam&noel.com

WEBSITE: None

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: 3 months: N15000; 6 months: N30,000; 1year: N60,000

OPENING HOURS: MON – SAT: 9:30am to 6pm

OUR REVIEW: They have tons of books, especially fiction, for kids 0 – 12. The library is quiet, cool and cosy, just perfect for reading!

  1. ZACCHEUS ONUMBA DIBIAEZUE MEMORIAL LIBRARIES (ZODML) 

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ADDRESS: 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0908 631 4898

EMAIL: info@zodml.org

WEBSITE: http://www.zodml.org/kids

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: It’s freeeee!! Weeeee!!

OPENING HOURS: MON – FR1: 9:00am to 6pm; SAT: 9am to 2 pm

OUR REVIEW: We love this library because it has quite an extensive booklist for kids of all ages. But best of all, it’s free. So all kids from all schools and all walks of life can use this library!!

  1. THE BOOKWORM CAFÉ (JUST FOR KIDS)

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ADDRESS: No physical address

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08023388640

EMAIL: info@thebookwormcafe.com

WEBSITE: http://thebookwormcafe.com

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: Monthly: N5000

OPENING HOURS: 24 hours. It’s an online library

OUR REVIEW: It’s an online library! So if you live in Lagos, this means you can borrow books without leaving your house with three simple steps. 1. Go to the Bookshelf Page on the website 2. Decide on a couple of books to read 3. Send an email to the address above and they’ll deliver the books to you!! (for a N500 fee) They have great picture books and board books for babies and toddlers, basically kids age 0 – 4 (including international bestsellers). Better still, they have books for sale too!

And …. Finally,

Plus 1.  L’INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DU NIGERIA (CHILDREN’S CORNER)

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ADDRESS: 52 Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, beside Mr. Biggs, Wuse 2, Abuja.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0805 947 8456; 0806 945 4020

EMAIL: contact@institutfr-nigeria.org

WEBSITE: http://www.institutfrancais-nigeria.com/category/abuja/library/children-corner/

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION: Monthly: N3000 for students, N5,000 for the general public

OPENING HOURS: MON – SAT: 9:30am to 6pm

OUR REVIEW: Our go-to store for French books for kids! They have a wide range of fiction, non-fiction books, comics and magazines for kids in French! They have French language learning books too!

Do you know any libraries that should make this list? Email us at ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

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News/Events January 23rd Week

OUR TOP TEN NIGERIAN BOOKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

*in no particular order

  1. LEARNINGTON BOOKSTORE  (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08025018312

EMAIL: orders@learnington-ng.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.learnington-ng.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Their books are absolutely scrumptious. We love them because their site is so blissfully easy to use. It’s almost as good as walking around in a bookshop.

  1. READING CORNER NIGERIA (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: 11 Bayo Kuku Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0812 406 8181; 2348140000041

EMAIL: info@ReadingCorner.ng

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://readingcorner.ng/

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: We love this store to pieces!!!!!!!! Unlike most children’s bookshops in Nigeria, they have quite an extensive booklist for babies and toddlers, basically kids age 0 – 4 (including international bestsellers) and we love them for it. 

  1. CHELISBOOKAZINE  (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: Plot 12 Johnson Street, Off Bode Thomas Road, Surulere, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01-7742241, 08152854860, 08152854846, 08037128290, 08033324289, 09030096733 (helpline)

EMAIL: customercare@chelisbookazine.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://chelisbookazine.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: For the longest time, this was our favourite bookshop in Nigeria. They are a favourite with many schools in Nigeria too! They have tons of books, (fiction and non-fiction) for kids 0 – 12 especially those in the 0 – 8 age group and lots of classics too. The highlight of this store: Their prices are quite pocket-friendly!! (Caveat: They’re currently updating their site. Prices may change from February 2017)

  1. LATERNA BOOKS

ADDRESS: 13, Oko-Awo Close, Off. Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08100234441 (online store only); 08033014462,012715376

EMAIL: info@laternabooks.com; sales@laternabooks.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: https://www.laternabooks.com/index3.php?c=5

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: This is a great bookstore. It has quite a good list but do you know what we absolutely love about it? Their events! They have lots of ‘reading’ events for kids! Go to Laterna to meet your favourite Nigerian authors! 

  1. BIBLE WONDERLAND

ADDRESS: 33 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos; OANDO Filling Station, 4th Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: Surulere: 08105682169, 08105682185; Lekki: 08105682183

EMAIL: biblewonderlandng@gmail.com; bookcityng@gmail.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://biblewonderlandng.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not so easy. (Best to go to the Lekki and Surulere Stores)

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Our go-to store for great Christian books for kids! They have a wide range of non-fiction books on history and geography!!

  1. TERRAKULTURE

 ADDRESS: Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: +234-1-2700-588

EMAIL: info@terrakulture.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: Work-in-progress

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not Applicable

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: This is hands-down our best store for extraordinary books for children, ‘Made in Nigeria’

  1. FARAFINA

ADDRESS: 253 Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08077364217

EMAIL: info@kachifo.com

WEBSITE: https://www.konga.com/kachifo-farafina or https://www.mobiashara.com/farafina

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: Farafina is an imprint of the Kachifo publishing house so you will be able to buy only books published by Kachifo. Their titles for kids (under the Farafina Tuuti Imprint) are GREAT!! Another huge plus: over the phone orders are pretty easy and straightforward

  1. KONGA

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01 460 5555; 0809 460 5555

EMAIL: help@konga.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.konga.com/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a few titles for kids. We absolutely love them for the old Nigerian classics. 

  1. THE HUB

ADDRESS: 1st Floor, The Palm Shopping Mall, Lekki, Lagos, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01 813 1268

EMAIL: Not available

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: Not available

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not applicable

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a number of books for kids. We absolutely love them for their quirky list. Pick up the most random books from here, books you’ll likely not find in other bookshops. 

  1. CASSAVA REPUBLIC

 ADDRESS: Shop 62, Abuja Arts and Crafts Village, Opposite Sheraton Hotel, Central Business District Abuja

CONTACT PHONE NO: 081-85802634

EMAIL: info@cassavarepublic.biz

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/collections/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: A great store for home-grown books! They also double as a publishing house so they sell only their titles.

Do you know any bookshops that should make this list? Email us at ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

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News/Events January 16th Week PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge

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Dear Pint-sized Bookworms (and their mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles and teachers),

Happy New Year!!!!

Hope you had a great holiday! I did!

  1. We’re back! 

So, the holiday is over (yay!) and we’re up and running again! And this year, we’ll be bigger and better! Please visit our Blog schedule page here to get reacquainted with our basic plan for the year.

  1. The PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge

It’s the first month of the year! The month of making resolutions. So let’s put one more resolution up on that list: Participate in the PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge. 

It’s pretty simple, pick a reading plan below, draw up a reading list and start reading!!

(Let us know how you’re faring for a chance to win the PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge Prize and get a PSBW 2017 Reading Challenge Certificate at the end of the Year!!*)

Reading Plan

Good Bookworm: This plan is trés simple. One book One month. 12 books/year.

Super Bookworm: This plan is for avid readers. Two Books One month. 24 books/year.

Super Duper Bookworm: This plan requires A LOT of commitment. Four Books One Month. 48 books/year.

Reading List

Not sure what to read, simple look at our review list for different age groups: 8-12 years; 4-8 years;  0-4 years.

OR

We can help you create a personalized reading list based on your/your child’s age and interests. Simply send an email to us with the subject: Reading List/ 2017 Reading Challenge.

#PSBWReadingChallenge2017! Let’s get cracking!

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News/Events December 5th

Dear Pint-sized Bookworms (and their mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles and teachers),

It’s a brand new week and a brand spanking new season with lots of good news. Let’s start with these …

  1. Restarting ….

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Ready! Steady! GO!!! We’re resuming in full force after our much needed and quite fruitful six-month break!! We will be working with our usual blog schedule: news/events on Mondays, book reviews on Tuesdays (8-12), Thursdays (0-4) and Saturdays (4-8) and Literary rambles on Fridays. Please see our blog schedule here. It’s good to be back and we’ve got some really good books lined up for the rest of the year. Stay tuned!!

 

  1. Two Nigerians recognized in the Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature

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The Golden Baobab Prize is only the most prestigious prize for children’s literature in Africa. It is open to all writers for children of African origin with manuscripts featuring an African setting. Set up in three categories, it awards the prize of $5,000 each (as well as publishing contracts) to the best unpublished picture book manuscript, early chapter book manuscript and illustration entered into the competition. This year, two Nigerians made us proud! Ayodele Moses Oyeku was shortlisted for the prize for early chapter books while Chidinma J. Nnamani was longlisted also for the prize for early chapter books. See the winners, shortlist and longlist here. In 2014, a Nigerian, Mary Ononokpono, a Nigerian, won the Early Chapter Book prize. See here. More information on the Golden Baobab prize can be found here.

We congratulate them heartily and look forward to reading their books next year!!

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