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* The English 4-11 Picture Book Awards sponsored by the journal of the English Association, have gone to (key stage 1) Wash, Scrub, Brush! A book about keeping clean by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (Watts) and My Brother Sammy by Becky Edwards and David Armitage, which portrays a child's relationship with his autistic brother (Bloomsbury Children's Books). Key stage 2 awards go to Anne Wilson's Marsha and the Firebird (Zero to Ten) and The Blue and Green Ark: an alphabet for planet Earth (Scholastic), which matches Brian Patten's text with illutrations by artists including Patrick Benson, Jane Ray and, again, David Armitage, in 26 spreads evoking natural wonders.

* Young judges are needed for the Nestle Smarties Book Prize. 200 primary school classes and after-school clubs will cast the final vote on the adult judges' shortlists for three age groups. Apply by October 2; winners are announced in November. For an information pack, fax 020 8516 2978, email or write to Young Judges, Nestle Smarties Book Prize, Book Trust, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2Q7.

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