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19th March 2014
Is this terrifying tale too much for a six year old?
Is this terrifying tale too much for a six year old?
My six-year-old son recently greeted both his grannies by peering intently into their eyes for some time, before declaring confidently that they weren't witches. He was looking for dancing flames in the pupils of their eyes apparently - and if you're confused you can't have read Roald Dahl's The Witches. We're half-way through it at the moment... Read More...

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3rd February 2014
Time to put your imagination to the test!
Time to put your imagination to the test!
It's National Storytelling Week (1st - 8th Feb), so the perfect opportunity to test your own story-telling powers one evening rather than reaching for a book. Except conjuring up a story from scratch is surprisingly difficult (unless of course you're Roald Dahl, who first began writing for children after his daughter Olivia was born and he made up... Read More...

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29th January 2014
Creativity and Children - how hard can it be?
A few weeks ago, I walked into the kitchen to find my eldest son drawing on the kitchen top naked. I never established why he'd decided to take his clothes off and perch on the kitchen units to colour but he was engrossed and I left him to it, glad it was a pad of paper rather than a computer game that was holding his attention. When I mentioned this... Read More...

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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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