Childrens Books

Why We Need to Get Children Reading

Arlene Phillips | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 29.07.2014 | 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.

Invisible: Why We Need Diversity in Children's Books

Kiran Chug | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kiran Chug

In the books I read as a child, there was never anyone like me. There was no brown-skinned girl with dark brown hair and eyes. There was no brown-skinned girl who spoke to her relatives in another language. There was no brown-skinned girl who went to the temple on Sundays.

For Goodness Sake- Let Toys Be Toys

Jack Fletcher | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Jack Fletcher

Gender labelling is unnecessary and needs to be addressed. Society has many problems, but it is an accumulation of small but damaging concepts that need to change for the better.

Russell Announces Children's Books Plans

Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

Comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand has revealed that he’s writing a series of children’s books entitled ‘Russell Brand’s Trickst...

Meet Poppet, The New Magazine Getting Little Girls Interested In Tech

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to technology, it really is still a man's world. Women make up 49% of the UK labour force but they account for just 17% of IT and te...

Interview: Trista Hendren, Feminist Activist and Author, on Her New Book 'Mother Earth'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Trista Hendren is a feminist activist who co-founded Rapebook, a Facebook page set up to campaign against rape humor and other abusive content on Facebook.

The Enduring Relevance of C. S. Lewis

Canon J.John | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Canon J.John

Lewis was a great writer. In all that he stood for he is an antidote to our age, with its haste, shallowness and materialism. Reading Lewis encourages believers and challenges sceptics. If you have not read him, read him. And if you have read Lewis in the past, reread him. It will do you good.

Butch, Femme and Beyond: Books for Queer Parents and Their Kids

B.J. Epstein | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

Children who have queer parents but who don't see families like theirs represented in literature (or in movies or on TV) might start to get an erroneous impression about the way the world works. They might begin to think that their family is unique, and therefore strange and unacceptable.

Going Low-Brow at the University of Kent

B.J. Epstein | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

Everyone knows that children's literature can't possibly be high quality, right? It doesn't count as proper literary fiction, does it? It can't make people consider big issues or challenge ideas of genre, can it? This week, the University of Kent's creative writing programme embarrassed itself by its advertising strategy, followed by a series of rather ignorant tweets.

Let's Give Kids the Choice

James Patterson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Patterson

Children's minds are hungry, receptive places that seek out information and ideas. The more engagingly presented these ideas can be, the better. And they don't need to be mind-bending fantasy to appeal to, or have an effect on, a child. Stories that chime more of a familiar chord are just as valuable.

PICTURE: This Might Be The Best Book Title Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy

'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' is, of course, one of the best-loved of all modern children's books. But this? This is even better: Yes, 'We...

Poorna Bell

Your Favourite Kids' Books: In Celebration Of Roald Dahl Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Long before hormones, mortgages and real life kicked in, our first loves as children were the books we buried our noses in. Whether it was passing...

Why 'Grown Up' Books Make Great Children's Stories

Ian Stanley | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ian Stanley

"Never underestimate your audience. If you think that eight-year-olds aren't interested in major philosophical and political issues you are completely mistaken. Put in clever plot twists that link books two and book 10 in a complicated fashion. I promise you, the eight-year-olds will notice, and they will write to you saying how much they appreciate it."

Adventure Time Vol. 1 & 2 (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Thanks to illustrators Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Adventure Time is vividly realized. I especially liked the "extras" at the end of the books that show the genesis of the artwork across various editions.

Ten Questions Children Ask Authors

Hilary Robinson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Robinson

Martin Amis once famously declared that he would have to have "a serious brain injury" to write for children and that "he could never write about som...

A New Gripping Techno-Fantasy Novel By Hilary Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

We all love a well-written book with some magic in it that would collect our minds into its pages and let us soar beyond imagination... The intellect...

The True Story of a Bereavement Workshop

Hilary Robinson | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

It was quite overwhelming to find the roots of our story were as the result of one incredible lady's inspiration and determination - and what a coincidence that Alfie Tate, one of the characters in the book had drawn a bird on his copper leaf, in memory of his teacher, because they had both "jumped for joy when they saw the first swallows of summer."

It's Dads' Duty to Read

Andrew Watson | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Watson

One of the best ways to foster creativity in children is to read to them or, better yet, to make up stories with them, and fathers in particular have an important role to play in this: it's long been recognised that the more a dad reads to his children, the greater their verbal intelligence, academic success and emotional wellbeing.

Diversity and Adaptability Are Vital in Helping Children Who Are Struggling With Reading

Sue Porto | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Porto

The pleasures and benefits of reading are still denied to many children - in 2012, one in eight left primary school unable to read to the required standard. Beanstalk trains volunteers to give one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with their reading, using the delights of storytelling to enthuse and enrich them.

Turning an Idea Into a Children's Story

Malcolm Cossons | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Malcolm Cossons

I'm not entirely sure where the idea for my forthcoming children's book Dot to Dot came from. Sadly, there is no bolt of lightning moment that I can define as when inspiration arrived.

Roddy Doyle Heads Carnegie Medal Shortlist

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Author Roddy Doyle is in the running for the highly regarded children's book prize the Carnegie Medal after being shortlisted against Costa Children's...