Category: Children’s Books

Our next ‘Reading Allowed’* event …

* pun intended If you were at last year’s ‘Woman In Black‘ series of events, we hope you won’t need persuading to come to our next outing … First-timers will find a fun, informal and friendly evening, where we aim

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Jane Austen and the new £10 note

This week, pupils were asked to nominate British authors who should be featured on a £20 note …

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Waterstones Children’s Books Prize 2017

The latest prize has been awarded to Kiran Millwood Hargraves for an adventure book – The Girl of Ink and Stars – which is in fact her debut novel.   Here’s a synopsis: “Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a

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Ten empowering female characters in children’s books …

Follow this link for an interesting selection of female characters … the comments underneath the article also give further suggestions. Which ones have you read?  Do you agree with their inclusion?  What’s missing from the list?  

Literary Anniversaries: 28 November

Today we celebrate a birth and commemorate two deaths. Let’s start with the deaths – of two beloved children’s writers: Ian Serraillier died in 1994.  You can find out more about his life and works by clicking here, where we wished

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Literary Anniversaries: 13 November

Casting back to my dim and distant childhood, I’m not sure if I can remember anyone who had more influence on me until I made the transition to reading ‘adult’ books than today’s birthday boy … Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes described

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Literary Anniversaries: 09 November

The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then We have two literary anniversaries to explore today, both of them poets. Firstly, 09 November marks the death of Dylan Thomas in 1953.  You can find out

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Literary Anniversaries: 06 November

I wonder if it’s frustrating to be an accomplished author of a series of books, but to only really be well known for your very first novel? Today, we celebrate the birth of Michelle Magorian, born in 1947. OK, so

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90 Years of the Bear With Little Brain

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” A recent poll voted Winnie-the-Pooh, the Bear of Little Brain, as Britain’s Favourite Bear.  I know, because I voted for him.  The next bears, Paddington and Rupert, received less than half

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Literary Anniversaries: 29 October

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”   Today we commemorate the life of the celebrated children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, who

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