Countless by Karen Gregory

I inhaled this book. I was emotionally involved from the very start and couldn't bear to put it down.  'When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn't believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don't add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls... Continue Reading →

The Incredible Billy Wild

'When Billy Wild's teacher asks the class to write a letter to their god, Billy's request is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must really be listening. With the help of his brothers, Billy sets out to hide her from Dad, who's far... Continue Reading →

Albie is back! And it’s AWESOME!

The Albie books by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves hold a special place in my heart. My daughter has grown up with them as firm favourites and even now, as she embraces full length chapter books and reading to herself, she regularly returns to Albie's adventures. Her face lit up when this one dropped through... Continue Reading →

The Secrets of Billie Bright

Firstly, let's all take a moment to stare at this cover. It is clearly delicious and worthy of a few moments of celebration. I love Susie Day's Pea books and have been looking forward to this one ever since she first mentioned it on Twitter. Although The Secrets of Billie Bright isn't a book about Pea,... Continue Reading →

Freedom to live

Freedom to live - Why Ruth Hunt is right to encourage children to celebrate being gay and combat homophobia. Today I gave Mollie her first lesson in gay politics. We were getting ready to go to Brighton Pride and she wanted to know what 'Rainbow Day' was all about. We've taken her every year since... Continue Reading →

Inclusive Minds

Beth Cox and Alexandra Strick work together under the name Inclusive Minds. Inclusive minds is a collective for all those with an interest in children's books and diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature and are committed to changing the face of children's books. Despite only running for a few months it is already gathering... Continue Reading →

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award – THIS SATURDAY!

Today I planned to write a post about a very exciting event taking place in London tomorrow. But I’m not going to. Because Loll at Storyseekers has written such a comprehensive and motivating post that there’s really nothing I can add to do it further justice. Instead, I shall repost it here for you to all enjoy. I wish all involved with the book fair the very best of luck for a wonderful event. I’m very much looking forward to reading about it.


If any of you are in London this Saturday – May 11th, 2013 – and looking for a way to spend a very happy few hours with some very exciting people from the world of radical children’s literature, then I suggest you head down to the London Radical Bookfair at Conway Hall.
Not only is this event free and open to all, but will there be a whole host of authors, illustrators and booksellers there to inspire you and share their passion for the thriving world of radical bookselling in the UK.  Since I’ve started blogging about books and reading (and spending even more time on Twitter chatting about them) I’ve been lucky enough to come across people who are absolutely committed to making children’s books as inclusive as possible and, cheesy though it sounds, I am learning from them all the time.
There’s far too much to go into…

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