Little Troopers, An Important Charity

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By Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, a charity supporting children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces My name is Louise Fetigan and I am the founder of Little Troopers, a charity dedicated to supporting the thousands of UK children who have parents serving in the British Armed Forces. I set up the […]

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Kaleidoscope of Creatures

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Insight into the incredible illustrations by Greer Stothers My name is Greer Stothers, and I am an illustrator who specializes in natural science illustration. This means I’ve worked for museums and paleontologists, but also work more creatively on projects introducing children to the natural world – like Kaleidoscope of Creatures, which explains animal colourations to […]

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Busy Spring by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss

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BUSY SPRING, NATURE WAKES UP by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss Published by Words and Pictures 16th March 2021 Has the promise of spring, with the sunlight, warmth and new life it brings, ever felt so welcome as it does this year? Spring sunshine is nature’s alarm clock, telling wildlife to wake up after winter. […]

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Make ‘Em Laugh – or snigger at least The Importance of humour in books by Lindsay J Sedgwick

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Hairy eyebrows that look like wrestlers in a mudbath. An evil villain who dives under a chair and retrieves a dog toy in her mouth on public television. Kid’s books are meant to be full of humour of one sort of another, be it exaggerated similes that are fun to imagine for a moment, the […]

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The Importance of Mental Health in Books for Children

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Guest post by Joseph Elliott Now – as the pandemic drags on into 2021 and schools shut once again – it’s more important than ever for us to be discussing mental health, including that of children. According to a recent study by the NHS, the number of children experiencing a probable mental health disorder has increased […]

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Meet the Oceans

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Guest post by Caryl Hart Meet the Oceans is a fabulous first look at the wonders of the underwater world for young children. Illustrated by the amazingly talented Bethan Woollvin, it takes readers on an exciting submarine adventure to meet some of our planet’s oceans and seas. Each body of salty water has its own personality […]

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Future Girl

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Guest Post by Asphyxia My book, Future Girl, is the art journal of a Deaf sixteen-year-old, Piper, who lives in near-future Melbourne just as it lurches towards environmental catastrophe. It covers themes that I am extremely passionate about – the high risk we face of environmental disaster, art journaling for self-expression, and Deafness. For a long time I […]

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Q&A with Megan Rix

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Lizzie and Lucky – The Mystery of the Missing Puppies Lizzie, being deaf, shows readers that she can do everything that other children can! How important was this message for you to convey? Terribly important – because it’s true! Lizzie and her family would consider themselves not deaf, but Deaf, with a capital D. This […]

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Wobbly Friendships by Claire Barker

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Claire Barker, author of the Picklewitch and Jack series on Wobbly Friendships One of the most telling moments in my author visits is when I ask the children to think about their best friends; about how great they are.  Then I ask them if they ever… you know…get on their nerves? Straightaway a giggle races […]

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National Share a Story Month 2021

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We are so excited to share this year’s theme with you! We have been very busy behind the scenes working with publishers, authors and illustrators to put together a month long celebration of stories! Our theme for 2021 is… We have competitions planned, blogs scheduled and giveaways organised! It would be wonderful to have your […]

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