Inspiring Young Readers
Classic Covers : The Fair To Middling posted on 16 Aug 2018
Arthur Calder-Marshall’s The Fair To Middling was published in 1959 and boasted a jacket that was designed and illustrated by the brilliant Raymond Briggs
Out of focus: why are children’s books about photography as rare as hen’s teeth? posted on 07 Jul 2018
I can’t quite remember when I became seriously interested in photography as an art form...
The classic years of I-Spy books posted on 21 Jun 2018
I’m not sure when it happens but lots of children – and in my experience boys more than girls – reach an age when an urge to collect and classify stuff
‘The Lost Happy Endings' and the joys of a gold pen posted on 14 Jun 2018
I always like working with the children at Somers Park Primary School in Malvern.
Empathy Day Blog Tour – Anna McQuinn Guest Post posted on 11 Jun 2018
In today’s divided world, the need for more empathy has never been more urgent.
How stories and chocolate can help fuel a passing childhood passion posted on 01 May 2018
I am pleased to say that my eight year old nephew has always liked books so I have tried to send one every so often that links to his passing enthusiasms.
Percy F. Westerman: boys adventure stories and colonial dreams posted on 20 Apr 2018
Percy F. Westerman wrote ripping yarns for boys at an almost incontinent rate. Between 1908 and 1959 he turned out the best part of 180 books...
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all that crew posted on 11 Apr 2018
I’m a fan of the prickly, contentious, provocative Joe Queenan and I will often go to his columns to find an entertaining, dissenting voice.
Spreading the joys of children’s books : a view from behind the counter posted on 14 Mar 2018
When I was a little girl I used to love ‘playing shop’, organising my various fare and pretending that my toys were my ‘customers’.
Angelina Ballerina works her magic posted on 28 Feb 2018
I am not quite sure why some animals work more successfully than others as anthropomorphic characters in children’ books