Ten Reasons Why You Can Never Read Too Much With Children.

My parents gave me a love of reading; of words, books and language, from an early age. Being an only child meant I often had to come up with imaginative ideas for things to do and I believe it was reading so much that aided that. As an English graduate and secondary English teacher, instilling … More Ten Reasons Why You Can Never Read Too Much With Children.

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Books for Toddlers.

Christmas, books, Christmas, books…two of our favourite things! So we’ve been to the library and chosen a few children’s Christmas books to road test with our toddlers. Here are their favourites (and not so favourites). Lauren: Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd This is a lovely book by the author of Hairy Maclary from … More Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Books for Toddlers.

Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?

“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?

Shove your shhhh! Libraries are getting more child-friendly…and it’s great

You may be forgiven for thinking that libraries are a dying breed, full of nothing but books and stuffy librarians. But you would be wrong. Created over 200 years ago with a vision to open access to literature across the classes, and now subject to ruthless local government funding cuts which threaten their future, libraries … More Shove your shhhh! Libraries are getting more child-friendly…and it’s great

Children’s author Rhian Ivory on escapism and her favourite children’s books

What does reading a book have to offer children that playing on an iPad can’t? And how do we encourage reading?? We talked to young adult (YA) fiction author Rhian Ivory, who shared her insight on what books can offer children over technology, how to encourage children to read and write stories, and her favourite … More Children’s author Rhian Ivory on escapism and her favourite children’s books