It's been another stellar start to the year for children's picture books. Here are twenty of the best that would made great additions to the bookshelf of any child, school or library.
Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around 80,000 - 100,000 words), there's the enormity of having to create an entire world, peopled by characters that have come straight out of your imagination.
Because We Are Bad is a harrowing account of a girl's struggle to make sense of the world and contend with distressing thoughts and perceptions that constantly tore into her mind and life. A complex silent battle being fought day and night for many years, while trying desperately to fit in without betraying her secrets and the world coming crashing down.
It's raining as I type this blog post. It's less fun to go out than to stay home. However, instead of watching TV or listening to music, here are some better things we could do.
As a former primary school teacher, changing location is something I'd do often to maintain children's engagement. We'd have lessons outside on a summer's day and inside my classroom was zoned into different activity areas, interactive areas and 'thinking' areas.