Childrens Books

Everyone Should Like Roald Dahl Books... Shouldn't They?

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kerry Gibb

As I told my audience that my least favourite book as a child was a Roald Dahl book, I literally heard a couple of children gasp as they couldn't believe what I had just said. But then I elaborated, and I saw two hundred pairs of eyes looking at me intently as they listened to every word.

The Best Children's Picture Books Spring 2017

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Beckerman

It's been another bumper crop of children's books this spring, ranging from inspiring and informative non-fiction titles to storybooks filled with wonder, humour and important life lessons for little ones. Here are twenty of the best this season.

The Power Of A Smile And The Positive Impact It Will Have On Your Own Happiness...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola J Rowley

Their families, friends and pets won the day for my audience of 4-7 year-olds. They then proceeded with the task they'd been set; to devise a character for their own story that would make them smile.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

Why I'm Giving Books To Strangers This Valentine's Day

Ruth Duncan | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Duncan

If you were going to give an extra special Valentine this year what would it be? This year, I'm not going to send cards, flowers or cute teddy bears to anyone, even if I do love them. Instead I'm giving gifts to people I don't know and might never meet, and my heart feels full just thinking about it.

Beyond Ebola

Alison Hubert | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

As 2016 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on Book Aid International's work over the last 12 months.

The Importance Of Literacy And Reading With And For Young Children

Georgia Byng | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Byng

I've been writing children's books all my life. It's partly because I have a child inside me who needs entertaining, and partly because I want to help children to love reading. For I believe that a world filled with readers is a safer, happier world. Ignorance is dangerous.

No One Should Face Christmas Alone: Why We Parents Need To Show Elderly People We Care

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

giving back.jpg As parents, we owe it to our children to show elderly people that we care. One day, we too will be old and who knows if we will be lucky enough to still have family and friends around us? We will be extremely lucky if we do.

Here's How You Could Become Amazon's Next Big Children's Author

Jo Carrigan | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you’ve ever thought of yourself as an aspiring children’s author just waiting in the wings, now could be your big break. From A Christmas Carol...

Why We Must Lead By Example And Inspire Children To Be Kind To Others

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

They would have kept their heads down, denied knowledge of the envelope's existence, and not reached out to help that person as I had done. But if we opt for the former, what is the message we're passing on to future generations?

Creativity And Connectivity: How The Internet Inspires Our Imagination

Shane Hegarty | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Tech
Shane Hegarty

I'd be quite lost without such distraction offered by the world outside or life online. Those daily chance encounters and random diversions often offer a route out of trouble when a story hits a dead end.

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 20.04.2017 | 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 06.03.2017 | 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 27.02.2017 | 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 05.02.2017 | 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 17.12.2016 | 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?