Inspiring Young Readers
A Whale of a time with Benji Davies at Cheltenham Book Festival posted on 22 Oct 2023
While waiting in the queue outside the event tent I listened to a conversation between a little boy aged about four ...
Creative fun with wordless books and Mr Wolf posted on 10 Jul 2023
Looking at books with children and working with parents are the two things that I miss most about teaching....
John Gordon, Dennis Hamley, Penelope Lively: More children’s fiction from the 1960s & 70s posted on 28 Sep 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn continues his exploration of vintage teen literature with three ambitious but now largely neglected novels.
Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence posted on 31 Aug 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn takes a look at the books that make up The Dark Is Rising sequence.
The Stone Book Quartet posted on 15 Aug 2022
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn reads Alan Garner's 'Stone Book Quartet' and finds hidden power in these "enigmatic and simply written little books"
Puffin Design Classics: beautiful and collectable posted on 08 Aug 2022
There’s no greater indulgence than spending too much money on a book just because it’s beautiful to look at
Update: The mystery of the unidentified children’s books posted on 22 May 2022
Regular guest reviewer, Alun Severn helps solve the mystery of the unidentified children's books
The mystery of the unidentified children’s books posted on 18 May 2022
Every now and again when we’re out book hunting we stumble on something we’ve never seen before...
In bed with Enid Blyton and the mumps posted on 15 May 2022
I have written elsewhere on this site about the fact that I was never much of a reader until my mid to late teens ...
Off to the North posted on 08 May 2022
This odd – and I think quite rare – children’s book has no acknowledged author ...