Childrens Literature

Five Children's Books To Support Emotional Health On World Book Day

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nick Haisman-Smith

The connection that children had with the characters in books extended well beyond just dressing up. Children have such strong emotional connections to literature, and we know that through story they learn a great deal about their own emotional world.

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.

Picture Books That Deal With Disability

Emily Davison | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Davison

So, in a project I went in search of picture books that represented disability. The project was driven by my personal belief that picture books could be an effective and successful way of opening up a conversation about disability, which can subsequently enable a child to understand and accept disability in real life.

Where Hope Is Hidden For Our Children's Future

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

This isn't the place to recount all the terrifying new policies, or comment on the potential disastrous consequences. Instead, I want to invite you into a new world with a glimmer of hope, hidden away in your local library, or children's school.

A Hedgehog Howdedo ~ Tiggywinkles, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

One of my twin boys is completely head-over-heels about hedgehogs. He was born in Mexico, and his love affair with Britain's best loved prickly creatu...

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.

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?

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

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

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Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tess Finch-Lees

After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!

Why We Still Value Roald Dahl Today

Dr Sarah Wood | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dr Sarah Wood

Friday 13 September 2013 is Roald Dahl Day. It falls on the anniversary of his birthday; he would have been ninety-eight. Celebrated today as one of the great British children's authors of the twentieth century, his work is remembered fondly as part of that period of life which is playful, carefree and unburdened by adult responsibility.

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

PICTURES: World Book Day Constumes

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

It's World Book Day, an annual event designed to encourage parents to read to their kids, as well as an opportunity for children top dress up as some ...

Promiscuous or Shy? What We Can Learn From LGBT History Month

B.J. Epstein | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

What I'm thinking about during this particular LGBT History Month is how LGBT sexualities are portrayed in young adult literature. I'm frequently interested in what messages we send to young readers through literature, and I think LGBT literature in particular can be quite a problematic area.

Darren Shan's Zom-B Terror!

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 25.11.2012 | Home
Scott De Buitléir

Shan - real name Darren O'Shaughnessy - became a full-time writer at the age of 23, and has since sold over 20 million copies of his books worldwide, becoming bestsellers in the US, UK, Ireland and elsewhere.

David Walliams Against Olympic Opening Ceremony Writer In Book Award

PA | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home

The scriptwriter for the Olympic opening ceremony is to jostle with David Walliams for a top children's comedy-writing prize. Frank Cottrell Boyce,...

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Michael Rosen On Writing Dahl's Biography

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 13.09.2012 | Home

Michael Rosen is a legend of both children's literature and poetry. He's also a Roald Dahl fan, and has worked with illustrator Quentin Blake sinc...

Harry Potter and the Olympic Games: The Importance of the Next Generation

B.J. Epstein | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
B.J. Epstein

Amidst all the wonderful British quirkiness at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, there was a sequence dedicated both to the NHS and children's literature. This might seem like a strange combination, but director Danny Boyle linked them through the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which focuses on children's healthcare.

Harry Potter and the Ivory Tower: Children's Literature and Academia

B.J. Epstein | Posted 22.07.2012 | Home
B.J. Epstein

But many view children's literature as beneath them. If it's not for 'grownups', it's not worthwhile. But, wait, here's a sneaky little problem: what about all the 'grownups' who read and enjoy Rowling's work and other children's books? Shouldn't we explore why these works appeals to adults who are apparently supposed to know better?

No Happy Endings: Holocaust Memorial Day and Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
B.J. Epstein

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in the United States, so even though this day was commemorated in the UK on 27 January, it is worth pausing a moment to think about World War II. In particular, I am interested in how children are taught about it.

Marvellous Medicine: Who's The Favourite Author Of Primary School Teachers?

Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Roald Dahl has been voted primary school teachers' favourite author. A survey found five of his works are among their top 10 books for children und...

Harry Potter and the Midnight of the Century

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.04.2012 | Home
Tony Mckenna

Literature and art more generally, must in some way draw upon the historic in order to gain sustenance. And in a paradoxical way, children's literature is more capable of this than most.

Battle To Be Crowned Best Kid's Book Of The Decade

PA | Posted 03.04.2012 | Home

David Walliams is to go up against authors including JK Rowling and Charlie Higson as they battle to see their titles declared the best children's boo...

Same-Sex Marriage: "Out of the Question" for Children's Literature?

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
B.J. Epstein

2012 might turn out to be the year for gay marriage in the UK, the US and elsewhere. Will picture books and YA novels catch up with the times and start showing LGBTQ young people that marriage is an institution that is in fact open to them?

Roald Dahl Gets Stamp Of Approval

PA | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home

Roald Dahl's work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps. The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of illustrator Quent...