Friday, 4 April 2014

…Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday Space on the Bookshelf, and thank you to you all!

It comes as utter shock to all atSpace on the Bookshelf team that a year as come and past, and that Space on the Bookshelf turns one today! It’s been a fantastic year, and Space on the Bookshelf, has done its best to fill any spaces left on bookcases by bringing you reviews, interviews and articles on fantastic books plus the world of children’s literature and the dedicated people who work within it to get children reading.

So here is our little Birthday review of the first year of Space on the Bookshelf…

Our popular 3D reviews which examine and celebrate quality books from multi-perspective with in depth reviews from adult and child reviewers, in addition to interviews with the authors and editors and a focus on what makes the book so unique and special.

These have been a real highlight, and we’ve had some real corkers, our first 3D review which was posted a year ago today looked at Mo O’Hara’s debut My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, which has since gone on to be a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! We’ve also 3D reviewed and championed the Blue Peter Book Awards winner Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, and many other fantastic books, so a BIG thank you to all the authors, editors and publicists who worked with us to make them happen…

Another highlight of our first year included our Carnegie Shadowing, where we reviewed each of the short-listed titles and asked the authors what was their favourite thing about their books. We also ran a very popular giveaway of many of the short-listed title, and correctly predicted the winning book Maggot Moon by Sally Gardiner. We will be shadowing this year’s short list so watch this space!

One of our most read articles of 2013 was Nicki’s wonderful interviews with one of the Judge of last year’s BBC Radio 2’s 500 Word Competition George Kirk, and with a long-listed child who got down from the 90,000 entries to the last 3,000. This piece gave a lovely insight in the world of children’s writing competitions, juxtaposing both sides of the experience.

Our Christmas Book in Every Stocking feature, where we asked authors, bloggers, editors and readers to write a letter to Santa to recommend a stocking filler book, was great fun to, and well worth a look if you’re stuck for present ideas for a small person (any time of the year!)

Interviews, we've had the pleasure of interviewing some great authors, and children’s literature ambassadors in our first year, from the fantastic, Charlie Higson, to the lovely Tracey Corderoy, plus the very moving interview with book crosser Janice Markey, and only last week the interview with Bea Longworth founder of Book App company Freed Fiction.

All in all we've had a great first year, and we pride ourselves at being able to spot and champion really great books, this is further proved by the success that many of the 3D reviewed titles have gone on to achieve like River Singers, which has been long listed for the 2014 Branford Boase Award. Dave Cousins Waiting for Gonzo, which has been short-listed for The Coventry Best Book Award, The Essex Book Award, the Notting brilliant Book Award, and many many more. The amazing My Big Fat Zombie Gold fish which made The New York Bestsellers list. Katherine Rundell’s, Roof toppers which is Shortlisted for the Carnegie and won the Blue Peter Book Award. Anthony McGowan straight talking Brock, that was long-listed for the Carnegie. So Congratulations to all these uber-talented writers, and good luck for any ongoing awards!

To round up it has been a fantastic first year, and we’re looking forward to year two, but finally before we go, we need to say a BIG...

THANK YOU... everyone who has contributed, read, and supported Space on the Bookshelf, because we couldn't have done it without you!

WIN a Space on the Bookshelf Party Bag!

To Celebrate we're giving away some party bags all with books and surprises!  We have on offer...

1 x YA Party Bag
1 x MG Party Bag
1 x Young Readers Party Bag
1 x Picture Book Party Bag

for a chance to win  Just tweet to @BookshelfSpace or e-mail  saying #SOBSPartyBag, and tell us which bag you'd like to win!

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