“Nicolette Jones recommends”: an innovative and informative children’s books video series, hosted by Nicolette Jones of The Sunday Times.

Do you have an author to recommend to her? 

If you follow us on Twitter you will already know about this exciting new video series by Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times children’s books editor launched earlier this month. If you haven’t yet caught up with it then make sure you do. The series, a mixture of children’s books recommendations and conversations with writers and illustrators, will run throughout the autumn until Christmas. It includes interviews with writers including David Baddiel and Philip Reeve and recommendations of poetry books and books for Halloween and Christmas.

The videos are filmed in Nicolette’s book room in North London and run for approximately three to four minutes and are available on The Sunday Times website. You do not need to be a subscriber to watch these – just register for your two free articles and you will then be able to watch the videos every week. If necessary search for Nicolette Jones in the Search box at the top righthand corner and the links will come up.

Nicolette’s video last weekend was on Poetry and she discussed four poetry collections: Michael Rosen, Paul Cookson’s 100 Brilliant Poems for Children, a collection for older readers and I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Segal. The earlier children read and enjoy poetry the more they will be able to use it as a resource as they grow older – to enjoy rhyme, rhythm and the insights that sometimes only poetry can bring. And if you are interested in learning more about poems for children look at the new Federation booklist More Poetry Please for some great ideas. Next week Nicolette will be interviewing the great Philip Reeve.

It is important that we continue to support national newspapers’ coverage of children’s book. As Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times literary editor, said: “Nicolette Jones is without doubt one of the most influential voices in children’s literature, whose recommendations in The Sunday Times carry enormous weight. We’re thrilled to be hosting and developing this video series with her. Giving children’s books proper support is very important, and we hope that this innovative series will reach a really wide audience.”

Nicolette Jones has been The Sunday Times children’s books editor for more than 20 years. She is a writer, critic and broadcaster who regularly chairs book events at literary festivals including Cheltenham, Oxford and Charleston. Her list of the 100 best children’s books of the past 10 years is available on the Sunday Times website.

And if you have an author you can recommend to Nicolette then get in touch with her directly (Twitter: @NicoletteJones   Facebook: NicoletteJones.75).

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