Category Archives: Reading

Little Women – entertainment or empathy?

Little Women has always been a book that has mattered to me. Last week I finally managed to see the Greta Gerwig adaptation of this classic loved by generations of readers and it made me realise once more why it … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – News from the world of children’s books

Welcome to the second Reading Matters of the year and thank you to everyone who gave me such kind and positive feedback last week. I will try to make this a regular weekly feature if possible and hope that it … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

It is the time of year when many people make resolutions or set themselves new goals. Across social media there have been suggestions for reading challenges such as a greater number of books to read this year, reading a wider … Continue reading

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Perfect Winter Reads for Children

As the nights draw in the temptation to close the door on the outside world at nightfall and escape to another through the pages of a book is enticing both to adults and children. My own memories of childhood are … Continue reading

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H is for Harry – and thoughts on literacy, libraries and laureates

On Monday evening I attended a screening of H is for Harry a documentary created by Postcode Films. Through the eyes of an eleven year old boy and his classmates we view what life is like for those children who … Continue reading

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – 20 Books of Summer (1/20)

“Nowadays, my escape from Germany and everything that followed seems far away. I’ve lived in London more than seventy years. I have been happily married and our children are a joy. It has been a wonderfully happy life. But it … Continue reading

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Special Delivery by Jonathan Meres illustrated by Hannah Coulson – Dementia in children’s books

A book about finding friendship in unlikely places, this gentle story focusing on helping others, provides a kind and thoughtful look at dementia and is suitable for younger readers. Frank would like a new bike. Unfortunately it is not Christmas … Continue reading

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Twenty Books of Summer

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge again this year. In previous years I have not become involved but having investigated Cathy’s blog she appears to have a very relaxed approach to this “challenge” so I … Continue reading

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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – a celebration of children’s books

Five years ago the first Barnes Children’s Literature Festival took place with the aim to become an inspiration for book lovers everywhere. Since then it has grown into a two day event for families that is now the largest dedicated … Continue reading

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D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer – The inspiration for the story

One of my favourite children’s books from 2018 was the wonderful Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer. On 2nd May his latest book, D-Day Dog, is published in time to mark the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. … Continue reading

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