Inspiring Young Readers
Through the looking glasses: where are all the children’s books with children wearing spectacles? posted on 22 May 2016
When I was growing up wearing glasses was definitely not 'cool', particularly for girls.
Career novels: fact or fiction? posted on 11 May 2016
Even as a young child I always wanted to be a teacher and so enjoyed lining up dolls and teddies, bossing them about
A different generation of novels for Young Adults posted on 02 May 2016
The market for novels aimed at the YA or ‘young adult’ audience has been one of the fastest growing areas over recent years.
Lost in Middle Earth posted on 20 Apr 2016
I'm not really much of a fan of fantasy writing. There are some exceptions - Alan Garner, Ursula Le Guin and some dystopian fringe science fiction
A different look at collecting children's books posted on 29 Mar 2016
If you take a look at the catalogues of most of the bigger, prestigious second hand book dealers, you'll find they have a children's book section
Finding an old friend in a charity shop posted on 18 Feb 2016
One rainy day last week as I was browsing the shelves of a charity book shop with my mother I heard her exclaim ' Yes!'
Three Bears (Part Two) posted on 06 Feb 2016
Having already written about the undisputed superstar bears, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington and Rupert, it was quite an undertaking..
Three Bears (Part One) posted on 06 Jan 2016
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard received the accolade of being number one...
The Magic of Libraries posted on 02 Dec 2015
I've mentioned before in other blogs on this site that I have very warm memories of visiting libraries as a child.
Thanks Dad posted on 15 Nov 2015
As I was recently putting my thoughts together for my dad's funeral eulogy I started to think about whether to what extent he had influenced my love...