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The importance of reading for pleasure

By CCB | 10 Apr 2019

Reading for pleasure Reading for pleasure has been shown to have a direct correlation with mental well-being and academic success, yet recent research shows a decline in both the number of children being read to and the number reading for pleasure independently. In brief Recent surveys by the National Literacy Trust and Nielsen Books (The Guardian 04/03/19) indicate: The number of children being read to has dropped by 12% since 2012 Most parents stop reading to their child by the … Read more

Children’s Book of the Month: April 2019

By CCB | 07 Apr 2019

Our BOTM for April is Pog by Pádraig Kenny. Having moved into their dead mother’s childhood home with their father, David and Penny soon discover the presence of Pog in their attic. Pog is a magical creature tasked with protecting the boundary between the worlds. But when David is drawn into the forest, lured by a darker creature which tells him there’s a way to bring back his mother, the children and Pog discover many monsters to defeat as well … Read more

Crediton Big Read

By CCB | 01 Apr 2019

This May we are launching the first ever Crediton Big Read! We want as many people as possible to get involved in reading books! So what does it mean? Look out for these three titles… Captain Cat and the Treasure Map by Sue Mongredien (illustrated by Kate Pankhurst): a new laugh-out-loud story for emerging readers. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (illustrated by Terry Denton): first of the comedy classic, bestselling Treehouse series for readers aged 8-12. Raven Black by … Read more

Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival

By CCB | 29 Mar 2019

We’ve just spent the weekend at Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival in the beautiful market town of Chagford with a diverse and entertaining programme packed with much-loved writers and performers. Chagword actually began a little earlier this month with the first Children’s Bookfest on March 9th. Events with entertaining children’s author Sarah McIntyre, her co-conspirator and CCB patron Philip Reeve followed by wildlife presenter Nick Baker during the day, and the Pocketwatch Theatre Company performing Wind In The Willows in the … Read more

World Book Day and the Top Titles Tour

By CCB | 07 Mar 2019

World Book Day is a highlight on the book industry and schools calendar as children celebrate by dressing up as their favourite book character. This year we were happy to see a revamped and rebranded WBD with the message ’Share A Story’. With parents under pressure to buy outfits (and supermarkets filling their shelves with TV character costumes) the original meaning of WBD had become a little lost along the way.  Research shows that spending just 10 minutes a day … Read more

Robert Burns: Poetry, Songs and Values

By CCB | 25 Jan 2019

Robert Burns (1759-1796), a well-known Scottish poet and lyricist, has given us many much-loved texts: ‘Auld Lang Syne’, ‘A Red, Red Rose’ and ‘A Man’s A Man for A’ That’ to name but a few. Writing in both Scots and English, his poetry and songs are read and studied around the world. He became a Scottish cultural icon and an inspiration to the founders of liberalism and socialism. This Burns’ Night, we’ve gathered a few favourites from Rabbie Burns’ canon … Read more

Children’s Book of the Month: Jan 2019

By CCB | 15 Jan 2019

This year we’re introducing a Book of the Month at CCB! We plan to highlight some of our favourite titles and would love to hear your thoughts about the books, and any BOTM suggestions you have! January’s Book of the Month is a fantastic children’s story by Lucy Strange set during WWII – a tale loved by young and old! Lucy lives in a lighthouse with her family during the second world war. Her father has a key job as … Read more

Costa Book Awards 2018

By CCB | 07 Jan 2019

It’s that time again – the Costa Book Award 2018 category winners have been announced! There are five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. An overall winner across the categories will be chosen on January 29th. The Costa Book Awards, which have been running since 1971 to honour outstanding books written each year by authors based in the UK and Ireland. This year’s category winners are…

CCB’s 2018 Bestsellers!

By CCB | 01 Jan 2019

2018 was a wonderful year of books! As we step ahead into an exciting 2019, with lots of new plans, projects and people, we thought we’d take a look back at the Top 10 CCB bestsellers of last year… 10 | Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles Buy Now 9 | Becoming | Michelle Obama Buy Now 8 | This is Going to Hurt | Adam Kay Buy Now 7 | Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls | Elena Favilli  & Francesca Cavallo  Buy … Read more

Festive facts for Christmas!

By CCB | 10 Dec 2018

There are hundreds of Christmas stories, that have recorded traditions and started them. In preparation for Christmas, we thought we’d share a few literary Christmas facts about the stories we love and the people who wrote them: Christina Rossetti wrote the words to the Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter.’ T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ was originally commissioned to be included in a Christmas card. In Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim was originally going to be … Read more