Childrens Books

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.

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.