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Book Trust - the largest reading charity in the UK, they work to inspire a love of reading in children. Initiatives include the Book Trust Best Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, Children's Book Week and Read for My School

The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for an outstanding first novel for young people. The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is an annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the prestigious Branford Boase Award and is open to anyone under the age of 19. 

The CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Children's Book Awards - The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. Children and young people can shadow the judging process on the 'shadowing site'; they read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist and engage in reading related activity online.

Costa Book Awards - one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes which recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. It's unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.
 
Cumbria Archive Service - Learning and Education - the Archive Centres in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven look after the documentary heritage of Cumbria from the middle ages to the present day and can provide support to schools through free tailor-made learning sessions and established workshops.

Cumbria Libraries and Archives World War One web site - stories from around the county about local people, drawn from the collections of Cumbria's archives and libraries, are gathered on this dedicated World War One website.

Cumbria Outdoors - with centres in areas of outstanding natural beauty, Cumbria Outdoors offers residential experiential learning, curriculum linked living history programmes, family learning, health and wellbeing and an environmental awareness course for all ages. Bookings can be tailored to suit everyone's budget and need.

English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards - The English Association exists to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and literature and to contribute to the development of English studies. Established in 1995, the awards are presented to the best children's picture books of the year. The short list is normally announced in March.

International Children's Book Day - since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. It is run by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

International Literacy Day - for over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

Kids Lit Quiz - The Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual literature competition for children aged 10 to 13. It puts readers onto the stage and lets them compete for fantastic prizes.

National Libraries Day - National Libraries Day takes place in February each year and is the culmination of a week's worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

National Literacy Trust - a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Find information relating to schools, teaching and literacy, including news, research, events, policy and resources.

National Poetry Day - since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people young and old throughout the country. Each year has a new theme.  

National Share a Story Month - an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing. National Non-Fiction Day - a celebration of all things factual which takes place on the first Thursday in November each year. The day celebrates all those readers that have a passion for information and facts and attempts to bring non-fiction celebrations in line with those of fiction. Both celebrations are run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups which is a national voluntary self-funded organisation whose aim is to promote enjoyment and interest in children's books and reading.

National Story Telling Week - National Story Telling Week was conceived in the year 2000 to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral story telling. It is held during the first week of February every year.

Picture Book Plays - Julia Donaldson's interactive web site for teachers designed to help with ideas for performing picture books with children in the classroom.

Readathon - Readathon is a sponsored reading challenge which encourages children to read for pleasure. Readathon also provide free books for participating schools and raises funds to help seriously ill children throughout the UK.

Reading Agency - reaching readers through UK-wide reading programmes delivered in partnership with 4200 UK libraries, schools, prisons, workplaces, publishers and the media. Programmes include the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks children's reading clubs.

Reading Zone - Everything you need to know about children's books and authors, including new books, extracts, reviews, interviews, and competitions. Dedicated areas for schools, families, children and young adults.

Red House Children's Book Award - the only book award voted for entirely by children. Visit the web site for free teaching resources.

Roald Dahl Day - the official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, the birthday of the World's No.1 storyteller.

Seven Stories - the National Centre for Children's Books.

Schools Library Association - committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. The SLA Primary School Library Charter is intended to help you to set up and run a school library, or give ideas for improvement.

Schools Library Association Information Book Award - The Information Book Award is an annual event and is a major development for information books, being designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available. There are three categories and schools can vote on line for their favourite book between June and mid-September.

Stan Lee Excelsior Award (11-16) and Excelsior Award Junior (8-11) - the only nationwide book award for graphic novels.

UK Literacy Association Book Awards - unique as they are the only national book awards judged entirely by teachers from both the Primary and Secondary sectors. The UKLA have a series of prestigious awards which celebrate achievements in literacy education in a range of areas.

Waterstones Children's Book Prize - The Waterstones Children's Book Prize champions new and emerging talent.

World Book Day - World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

World Story Telling Day - this is a global celebration of the art of oral story telling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the first day of the autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere. On World Story Telling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible during the same day and night.

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