Childrens Books

Children's Book With Important Message About Body Image

Jessica Smith | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

When I was growing up there were no characters in books or on television that looked like me. I grew up with Barbie and Disney Princesses. There was no diversity in the characters I saw, just beautiful flawless females who I aspired to look like. But that was never going to happen.

The Best Children's Picture Books Summer 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Poppy Pickle's imagination tends to get her into trouble with her parents. But no more so than when her imaginations begin to come to life. There's bags of humour both in the words and the illustrations for little ones to revel in here.

Purses for Girls and Cars for Boys: Let Colouring Books Be Colouring Books

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

It's upsetting and unsettling to think that in 2015, such stereotyped books are what is offered to young children. We must consider what messages we are sending both to children and their parents about what boys and girls are and what they might be as they grow up.

Herbie Hound Spreading His Specialness Around the Globe

Vicky Brook | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Parents
Vicky Brook

We work hard at school, get jobs and have children. We always look on the bright side of life and rarely spend time planning for the unthinkable scena...

Are Children Still Interested in Books?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!

Every Library That Closes...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

We Don't Remember Beatrix Potter Stories Being This Brutal...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Comedy

And today's tip of the hat - or rather, bonnet - goes to Twitter funnyperson Oonagh Keating, aka @Okeating. From Tom Kitten to Jemima Puddleduck, K...

Libraries: It's Not All White and Gold, Or Black and Blue, Out There...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Somerset has for instance already approved plans to slash its mobile library service by more than half. Staffordshire county Council is also considering cutting its six mobile libraries and closing 24 of its 43 static libraries.

The Best Children's Picture Books Spring 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Last year was a stellar year for picture books and 2015 is already shaping up to include many future classics. Here are this season's titles that should be on every child's bookshelf.

No, Peppa Pig Is Not to Blame for Your Children's Behaviour.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
J.N. Paquet

A week ago, a columnist of the Daily Mail was telling her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon Peppa Pig from her home. Is Britain's top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

The Tale of the Watching Bird.

Polly Walker | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Referring back to my desire for our girls not to be entirely 'Disneyfied' or spend their whole childhood completely surrounded by pink princesses, sparkly fairies, Barbies and ponies, you'll know why I've also been following the Let Toys be Toys Campaign with interest.

Why World Book Day Is a Treat Not a Test for Parents

Jenny Laville | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Jenny Laville

There's a rush on at Hobbycraft, Facebook is filled with kids in cardboard, and A&E is experiencing higher than average craft-glue related injuries. Yes folks it's World Book Day, the date circled red on every parent's calendar

Some Advice for Young Writers and Authors

Emma Leverton | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Emma Leverton

Although I am still a (very) young author and my first book has only been out for a couple of months, I think that I have acquired along my short journey some insights into the loosely termed 'writing industry'.

We're Going on the School Run - My Adaptation of 'The Bear Hunt'.

Polly Walker | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Get undressed again! Wriggle struggle! Wriggle struggle! Into bed. Under the covers. Yawny stretchy! Yawny stretchy! We're not doing the school run on an inset day again.

Children's Authors Warned Not To Write About Pork Or Pigs To 'Avoid Offence'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK

Children’s book authors have been asked not to mention pigs or the consumption of pork products to avoid causing offence to Muslims and Jews. Th...

Interview with Bestselling Children's Author Jacqueline Harvey

Alix Long | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

There is nothing more special than children's literature. Even now, I remember almost by heart the books my parents used to read to me as a young child, and the books I first started reading by myself.

Save the London Book Barge

Matt Zitron | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Matt Zitron

A petition has started. We the people are going to try and get the Canal and River Trust to see sense and let Word on the Water get a permanent home. To give London a lasting bastion for literacy, calm and recycling. Somewhere I can show my children that bookshops are exciting and cool. Where my friend can make a living doing something good for the city.

Red Ginger Hair: Rare and Beautiful or Ugly and Devilish Mutation

Ama Yawson | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ama Yawson

Again, please excuse the title which references the outrageous myth that red hair is a sign of witchcraft. Of course red hair a beautiful gift from God. But as I have said in prior articles, no one ever healed a wound that is consistently being stabbed by ignoring it.

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.

As Happy as a Pig in Lit? The Dangers of Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

If humanised portrayals increase a child's empathy for animals - and such portrayals are ubiquitous across children's books, cartoons, films and toys - why do those with a positive attitude towards animals occupy such a marginalised position in society?

Why We Need to Get Children Reading

Arlene Phillips | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arlene Phillips

I was a war child and I was born into a poor family. Growing up was tough and I know what it is like to struggle. I also know how lucky I am to have got to where I am today. This is why I think if you are in a position to give back, you should...

The Scarecrows' Puffing

Matt Zitron | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Zitron

With kids' books you have to find the age dependant sweet spot that's got story, but isn't too long, and isn't so annoying that reading it twice a day for months won't drive you to suicide. Luckily there's a fantastic range of publishers, and with picture books you're not dogged branded stuff (that hits later when they like Marvel, DC and Turtles.)

What We Learned At The Secret Garden Party 2014

Sarah Bee | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Bee

31) Spitfires with fireworks coming off their wings that loop in the sky to form a GIANT HEART from their trails as the light fades from the sky: actual best thing ever. 32) A tiny flying-machine thing sprinkling blue lights over your head like something out of WALL-E, blimey, I mean, look at that.

Don't Underestimate Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

Children, like adults, have the right to see books that reflect the world around them, and the broader world, too. That means, yes, featuring different races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, classes, ages, and so on, and also exploring political, moral, physical, and emotional issues

The Beatles as You've Never Seen Them Before

Hannah Gal | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

Mick and Brita's children's books are magical. From space to the food chain, recycling to what lurks underground, every day life is explained is a captivating way; I urge every parent to get a copy of Yum Yum, Yuck or What's up and see their child's curious eyes fill with pleasure.