World Book Day celebrations

So now that exciting announcement is off my chest and I've done a little happy dance, let's get down to World Book Day business. World BookDay isn't all about dressing up as your favourite book character, or for us parents, desperately trying to cope with a last minute costume change. It is about celebrating books... Continue Reading →

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More Fab Female animal characters

The quest to highlight positive female animal characters in picture books continues. I have received brilliant suggestions through twitter and comments on my previous posts, thank you so much to everyone who is joining in the hunt. Between us, we have sourced some fabulous female crocodiles. But I am still yet to track down that... Continue Reading →

Female animal characters in picture books

It has been a couple of weeks since I posted about the lack of female animal main characters in children's picture books. Since then, I have been pondering the impact that gap might have on children. I'm beginning to think that portraying an overwhelming majority of animal main characters as male is more damaging than... Continue Reading →

Primrose by Alex T. Smith

Quick! Look out the window! Do you see that? Do you? It's 'sunshine'. I know!! Take a photo of it, quick, the clouds will be back any second. In celebration of the sun making a very overdue appearance I have a new and deliciously sunshiny book to hug to my chest today. I give you... Continue Reading →

Ella by Alex T. Smith

Now this is what I'm talking about! Look at this beautiful book. I haven't felt this happy since the great cake stall incident of 2010. It looks good enough to eat. (But don't! I gave the foily red cover a little lick earlier and it doesn't taste of strawberry jam as I had hoped.) Still,... Continue Reading →

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