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Move over Valentines, International Book Giving Day, here we come!

We all know that February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but probably far less of us are aware that it’s also International Book Giving Day. Never heard of it? Well, despite being in its sixth year, I put my hands up and say that neither had I until a few weeks ago. And it’s music to […]

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The 9 year old who read 100 books in a year

This is Lola Sanchez Farmar. She is the nine year old daughter of my great friends, Rebecca and Pablo. I recently discovered that between July 2015 and July 2016 Lola read a whopping 100 Books. I couldn’t quite believe my ears. 100?¬†Really?¬† Lola’s situation is a little (or a lot) unusual. Let me rewind a […]

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How can we help introduce Shakespeare to our children?

We’d all love our children to ingest a little bit of the Bard in one way or another, right? As the world celebrates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the best-known playwright to ever walk the earth, Bard fever has been spreading the globe. His plays have been translated into over 80 languages […]

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Uncovering Enid Blyton

Lauded and loathed in equal measure, since the 1950’s Enid Blyton’s books have been banned from many schools, libraries and homes for being¬†anachronistic, sexist, xenophobic, elitist and racist, not to mention accusations of relentlessly recycled stories, hollow plots and Blyton herself being a ruthless self-promoter whilst exploiting her own children. Despite this, Blyton has entertained […]

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Childhood Books Beloved of Authors

‘You are what you eat,’ it has commonly been said. But, I’d argue, you are also what you read. During our childhoods when we are discovering new worlds for the first time, we read with our entire bodies, minds and senses. We literally become those characters and live those experiences, our whole beings absorbed into […]

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Three Fantastic Magazines for Children

Have you ever thought you’d like to subscribe to a magazine for your children, but something with a little more depth and less gender stereotyping than the average glossy mag that can be slipped into the shopping trolley at the supermarket? Living in Kenya and not having access to any magazines for children at all, […]

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Why scary reading for kids is a good thing and 5 of the Best

“Fear is a wonderful thing. In small doses. You ride the ghost train into the darkness, knowing that eventually the doors will open and you will step out into the daylight once again.” Neil Gaiman Illustration of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tales of the Macabre‘ by Benjamin Lacombe Halloween. Even here in Kenya there’s no getting […]

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