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12th November 2013
Are we losing the magic of libraries? By guest blogger John Hesp
Are we losing the magic of libraries? By guest blogger John Hesp
  We took the books my son had chosen up to the counter and the librarian explained that she wouldn't be at the library any more, and that from now on my son was to swipe his books and library card across a machine. My son didn't seem too bothered about this but I wondered if the machine would offer the same encouragement, advice and cheery... Read More...

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18th October 2013
Challenging Gender Roles in Enid Blyton - discover your inner feminist...
Challenging Gender Roles in Enid Blyton - discover your inner feminist...
It's dangerous work compiling a definitive list of anything, let alone children's books which elicit such a personal response. But that's exactly what Booktrust did last week as part of Children's Book Week, announcing its list of the top 100 books that all... Read More...

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30th September 2013
Introducing our merry tribe of brand advocates!
Introducing our merry tribe of brand advocates!
I've already written about my children's rather blasé reaction to personalised books here having grown up with so many of them knocking around the house. Personalised water bottles,... Read More...

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5th August 2013
Guest Blogger Virginia Martin on the tedium of Ben10 - a Granny's perspective...
Guest Blogger Virginia Martin on the tedium of Ben10 - a Granny's perspective...
I cannot read Ben10 to my five-year old Grandson with any degree of enjoyment, understanding or appreciation. I try, I really do. I read with animation even though the characters are utterly unknown to me and the plot impossible to follow. It doesn't matter because he sits entranced (although I am convinced it is as incomprehensible to him as it is... Read More...

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29th July 2013
Why Prince George will Cherish his 'My First Moments' book
Why Prince George will Cherish his 'My First Moments' book
  We just can't let the birth of Prince George go by without a brash plug for our lovely ‘New Baby' book, called My First Moments and beautifully illustrated. And yes, we will be sending one to Kensington Palace and can't wait... Read More...

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11th July 2013
In Praise of the Summer Reading Challenge
There are three ‘Nots’ which I look forward to most about the summer holiday - NOT having to make the children’s pack lunches, NOT having to scrabble around for clean school uniform/attempt to sponge off yogurt stains etc as all school uniform is in the washing basket and NOT having to summon both boys to read their school books amid... Read More...

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26th June 2013
It's National Bookstart Week - but are Fairytales too dark for your child?
It's National Bookstart Week - but are Fairytales too dark for your child?
We can’t mention National Bookstart Week (24-28th June) and not give a very quick plug for our personalised... Read More...

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13th June 2013
Some observations on Dads...
Over the last three weeks we've closely examined over 300 Dads, encountering plenty of hair gel, lots of designer stubble, sunburnt skin, cheeky smiles, bashful smiles – and all in the name of producing our Father’s Day book. Processing orders involves isolating... Read More...

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23rd May 2013
Why you shouldn't use the starving children in Africa to get your child to eat a cheese wrap...
Last weekend featured an unusually high number of ‘When Will I Learn?’ moments – even for me. My request for you to share your parenting blunders resulted in one Mum admitting the heinous crime of bundling her children into too many clothes when it was a cold day. And there I was hoping to feel better about my own failings. This harmless... Read More...

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9th May 2013
Fairies and Princesses? How predictable...
Oh, the danger of gender stereo-typing! I felt truly chastised when I asked our followers on Facebook the following question a month or so ago:   Read More...

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