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

How it feels: writing helped me cope with infertility

Around one in seven couples experiences difficulties trying to conceive*. The odds of becoming a published author are even lower. The two might not seem linked, but for the fact they were the two dreams of author Tracy Buchanan. Tracy’s journey of infertility inspired her to write The Atlas of Us , which not only helped her … More How it feels: writing helped me cope with infertility

Ribbit! 🐸

Yesterday was Save the Frogs Day. It’s a US initiative but we couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share our favourite frog books with you. Frogs are endlessly fascinating to children. It’s no surprise, then, that some of our favourite books feature these creatures. Of course, there’s frog from Julia Donaldson’s ‘Acorn Wood’ series, Arnold … More Ribbit! 🐸