Inspiring Young Readers
A Story About Afiya posted on 02 Oct 2020
The eponymous character has a Swahili name which means ‘ health’ and the beautifully told story describes how Afiya is full of curiosity ....
I’ll Believe You When... posted on 17 Sep 2020
This book is subtitled ‘Unbelievable idioms from around the world’ and author Susan Schubert has pulled together ‘a rib-tickling collection’
To the Island posted on 09 Sep 2020
Children’s books about islands have an enduring romantic appeal, particularly for nostalgic elderly people like myself.
Taking Time posted on 03 Sep 2020
We live in a world where parents seem to be obsessed with providing a constant stream physical activity, creative recreational opportunities ..
The Balcony posted on 13 Aug 2020
Sometimes I pick up a book and my jaw literally drops – this is one of them.
Manu and The Flood and Akbar and Birbal posted on 07 Aug 2020
Published in Mumbai in 2015, these two retellings of traditional Indian tales are, on the face of it, very simple little stories told in very few words.
The Knight Who Might posted on 25 Jul 2020
Everybody likes an uplifting tale about perseverance, as long as there is some kind of positive outcome.
An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings posted on 23 Jul 2020
I defy you to find me a child who isn’t absolutely enthralled by the idea of monsters.
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty posted on 20 Jul 2020
One of the things that makes traditional fairy tales so compelling and long lasting is their ability to be adapted and flexed ...
The Pied Piper of Hamelin posted on 16 Jul 2020
Probably originating in Lower Saxony (now part of Germany) in the Middle Ages, this traditional tale of a town overwhelmed by rats ...