Childrens Books

Cotton Knickers, Faux Fur

Buhle Ngaba | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Buhle Ngaba

I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.

A Writers' Responsibility: How I Get Young People Interested In Reading

Stuart Reid | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Reid

Since 2001 more than two million pupils left primary school without the ability to read well. Reading well, and with enjoyment, is a skill that unlocks opportunities at school and in life. If children do not read well, and enjoy reading, by the age of 11 they are likely to suffer social, economic and cultural exclusion as adults.

Dragons, Fairies And Greek Gods - Why Should You Bother Sharing Old Stories With Your Kids?

Lari Don | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lari Don

These tales carry warnings, messages about how human beings can live together and encouragement to overcome obstacles. That's why wise old women told them. But children listened because these tales are exciting. They're dramatic and vivid, they give us everything we want and need from stories.

10 Roald Dahl Quotes That Sum Up The Power Of Positive Thinking

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Beloved author Roald Dahl would have turned 100 years old on 13 September 2016. A century after his birth, Dahl’s books are still able to captivate...

13 Signs You Know You're A Book Person

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Celebrating the wonderful things that mark us out as book people, voila: 1. When You Take A Whole Suitcase On Holiday Just For Books. 2. Whe...

Bath Book Bed... Then a Glass of Wine and Bliss!

Gemma Malley | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Malley

It's 8pm. You've had a long day. You want to sit down, want to eat something, probably have a glass of wine, decompress a bit. And instead you're on your knees, begging, coaxing and pleading with your toddler to get into bed, to stay there, to close their eyes, to please.... PLEASE go to sleep...

Transgender Teddy Teaches Kids That Everyone's Story Deserves To Be Told

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents

When Jessica Walton's wife fell pregnant, she made it her mission to find books with diverse characters and storylines to teach her new arrival about ...

How to Choose The Right Books For Your Children?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

The best way to learn about the wide range of books available in the market and get to know the taste of our little ones is to visit a public library with them and let them explore. Let them discover. Let them show you what they like and what they don't really like. They might surprise you at times!

The Best Children's Picture Books Spring 2016

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Beckerman

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.

Roald Dahl - Much More to Him Than Marvellous Children's Books

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carey Ann Dodah

Roald Dahl believed in taking practical steps to improve the lives of those around him and his creativity and determination even helped to develop pioneering medical treatments such as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, which benefited children across the world.

The Fun of Fiction

John Hibbs | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

In our house, we decided to opt for one of our favourite reads 'Little Red Riding Hood'. I'm not usually one for dressing up but I couldn't resist being the Little Lady's partner in my wolf mask too.

The Mummy Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Rachel McDougall | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel McDougall

All the Mummy wanted to do was to fall into a deep sleep in her beautiful King size bed, and sleep for more than five hours in a row, without being poked by pointy little elbows or shouted at by tiny humans who possess voices that belie their size.

What I Learned From Selling Books Out of the Back of My Car

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

We were standing shivering, looking at a big stack of books in the boot of my car. It was a cold and cloudy day at a car boot sale in a field in Oxfor...

Grimm Reading (A Bit of Fun for Xmas)

Pam Warren | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Pam Warren

As an example let's look at Snow White. Leaving aside the fact, that is pretty disturbing, that her step-mother wants to kill her, Snow White not only talks to a stranger in the woods (the murderous queen disguised as an old hag) but accepts an offer of a bite of a poisoned apple. Why would she do that?

Book Review: 'The Person Controller' by David Baddiel

Samantha Baines | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

The Person Controller is a real page turner or should I say jewel encrusted button presser. Indeed it presses all the right buttons for a generation of young video gamers and adults who may need reminding to switch off those pesky electronic devices once in a while.

New Children's Book Features Sikh Soldiers in World War One

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Megan Brownrigg

Flo Of the Somme, the latest picture book to help children engage with the World War 1 centenary commemorations and a bygone age, centres this time on the role of mercy dogs and other animals in the World War 1. 2016 marks the centenary of the battle of the Somme - the most costly engagement in the four year brutal war.

Inspiring Readers - Bringing a World of Reading Into the Classroom

Alison Hubert | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Alison Hubert

Without a decent supply of books, the issue is not only that children struggle to learn to read. They are also denied the opportunity to explore the world through books, to find the stories, information and knowledge that could change their lives. That's why it's so important that we provide reading books for these schools...

The Best Children's Non-Fiction Books Autumn 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Beckerman

Publishing is now teeming with inspiring and exquisitely illustrated non-fiction books for children too. Each of the books below offers something unique to the children's book market - and they'd all be welcome additions to a child's bookcase, school library... or Christmas stocking.

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

The Best Children's Picture Books Autumn 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Beckerman

We're in a golden age for children's books: this autumn sees such a wealth of brilliant titles that I've had to separate fiction from non-fiction (non-fiction highlights coming next week). Below are books that will make your child laugh, think, feel and be inspired - what more could we ask for?

Spoof Ladybird Book 'Explains' Modern Art To Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents

A comical spoof of the traditional Ladybird books featuring Peter and Jane is gaining attention on social media. We Go To The Gallery written by Mi...

Why Children Love Playing Superhero

Dr Niamh Clune | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Niamh Clune

Is it a man? Is it a bird? No! Mums ~ It's a Superhero! Whoosh! And our small, caped crusading Superman (sorry, mixing him up with Batman... NANA!!!) just flew past with tea-towel outstretched and wrapped about him, on his way to save the world, defeat the bad guys, and rescue a dog from an exploding volcano.

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

Can This Book Make Kids Fall Asleep In Minutes? Parents Reveal If It Works

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Parents

A children's book that promises to get children to sleep "within minutes" has unsurprisingly become a bestseller on Amazon and parents have begun to s...

Why Stories are More Important Than Books

Holly Seddon | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I took this completely for granted.