Reading & Wellbeing

At the end of September, the National Literacy Trust published a report on the links between reading and mental well-being (Mental Wellbeing, Reading and Writing). We were inspired, so below are a few recommendations of recent titles which particularly connect with mental health: Stardust by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Briony May Smith A beautifully illustrated picture… Read More Reading & Wellbeing

National Poetry Day 2018

Today is National Poetry Day, an annual celebration in the UK, established in 1994 to inspire people across the country to enjoy, discover and share poems. There’s a theme each year and for 2018, it’s ‘Change’. The National Poetry day website has lots of resources available, whether it’s their lengthy list of recommendations, their page of poems… Read More National Poetry Day 2018

A Chris Riddell Celebration

Where do you start with Chris Riddell?! Genius cartoonist every week for the Observer, illustrator for other authors, original author himself and illustrator of many fabulous picture books, not to mention his championship and support for libraries and his inspiring stint as children’s laureate. Phew! We thought we would identify just a few of his… Read More A Chris Riddell Celebration

Diversity (or not) in Children’s Books

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has put out some shocking statistics regarding children’s books featuring children of colour (read the report here). Looking at books published in 2017 the charity said that too few of these featured BAME main characters (just 1% in the UK!), and that there was not enough diversity in… Read More Diversity (or not) in Children’s Books