Recommended reading from July

Another cracking month with the odd tear-jerker in amongst the general silliness. My Worst Book Ever by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingham An entertaining book about the process of writing, illustrating and publishing itself. This would be a great book to introduce children what goes into producing a book, but is equally enjoyable in … Continue reading Recommended reading from July

Celebrity authors – my top ten

I have been intrigued by the (relatively) recent phenomenon or authors-who-aren't-actually-authors. Are they any good? Can any patterns be observed with them? And so my quest began - to find the celebrity authors whose books are actually worth reading. Here is the run-down of my personal top ten: Number 10 - Matt Millz by Harry … Continue reading Celebrity authors – my top ten

Recommended reading from June

Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora A very entertaining picture book with adorable illustrations, based on the premise that lemmings don't hurl themselves off cliffs...but has anyone let the lemmings know that? There are positive messages about the power of teamwork and the importance of literacy, but they underpin the … Continue reading Recommended reading from June

11 reasons to love Where the Wild Things Are

1 It is timeless Where the Wild Things Are was written in 1963 but barely seems to have dated. Wolf outfits will always be in demand. Parents will always have moments where they are at the end of their tether. And some children will always behave appallingly, even to cute little dogs. 2 The text … Continue reading 11 reasons to love Where the Wild Things Are

Recommended reading from May

What Ever After: Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski An entertaining read, this would be a good addition to the 'Fractured Fairy Tales' genre for those who have grown out of Laurence Anholt's Seriously Silly Stories series. This one is based on The Little Mermaid, whilst others re-tell Snow White, Cinderella and others. Through The … Continue reading Recommended reading from May

Foxes – friend or foe?

Foxes are often chosen as an animal protagonist in a children's book. Cunning, quiet and carnivorous*, they are often viewed as the enemy. But is this always the case? Let's examine a few and discover whether foxes are friends...or foes. *Actually, foxes are omnivorous rather than carnivorous, as they eat fruit and vegetables as well … Continue reading Foxes – friend or foe?

Stories to make you feel clever

Of the many delights when sharing a book with a child, one of the greatest is experiencing that moment when they realize that they have got one up on the protagonist/ villain in the story. Often, this is provided in a picture book by the words telling one story and the pictures telling another. As … Continue reading Stories to make you feel clever

Stories for reluctant sleepers

If you wish to persuade a junior in your life that they really should be going to bed instead of continuing to play/ searching for snacks/ asking why the sky is blue, children’s books give you two main options. Some are cuddly-cosy and make the idea of snuggling up and settling down seem eminently desirable. … Continue reading Stories for reluctant sleepers

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Where did the idea for Storybook Names come from?

"Oh for Heaven's sake, there must be a site somewhere that does this!" I exclaimed in frustration as I searched in vain. I was looking for a book. A friend of mine had just had a baby and I wanted to buy a book each for a new baby and his older brother as a … Continue reading Where did the idea for Storybook Names come from?