Reviews

Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

A thoughtful and enjoyable read, this book is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of OCD and mental health issues to middle grade readers. Matthew Corbin hasn't left the house in weeks. In fact, he barely leaves his room, except to go into the front bedroom/office of his house to watch his neighbours as… Continue reading Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

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Back from the Abyss

It's very odd how it's possible to start a blog with every intention of updating it every few days, and then life somehow gets in the way and all of a sudden it is nine months later and you haven't posted anything in a while. Whoops! 2018 has been chaotically brilliant - and brilliantly chaotic… Continue reading Back from the Abyss

Diversity in Children's Books, Reviews

A Story Like The Wind by Gill Lewis (illustrated by Jo Weaver)

There is a boat. It isn't even really a boat - just a toy dinghy really.  And in that boat a group of refugees sit. It's cold. It's dark. It's frightening. The sea is rising. And there is a boy with a violin, who starts to tell them a story. I picked this book up… Continue reading A Story Like The Wind by Gill Lewis (illustrated by Jo Weaver)

Reviews, Top Picks

Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, in spite of the Christmas holidays being in full swing! Amongst the festivities (which I spent abroad in Sweden - I'm actually writing this on the plane back!) I was given the chance to have a sneaky early peek at a copy of The Eye of the… Continue reading Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews, Top Picks

Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

Part of my series on Diversity in Children's Books. LGBTQ characters in children's books are constantly a source of controversy. Have a look at any list of banned books and you won't have to go far to find characters who come under this umbrella term. To be honest, I get quite weary of the controversy.… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews

Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Another of my diversity in children's books posts, this post focusses on self-identified BAME, disabled, and queer authors. First up: why is it important to hear stories from these authors? Honestly, I think it's a bit depressing that this is a question, but publishing is so dominated by a particular white, middle-class group of people… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Rudai 23

Rudai 23: Thing 13 – A Reflective Post

This post is part of the Rudai23 CPD Course. Thing 10 Just prior to starting my Rudai 23 course I created a professional twitter ID (@thedinobrarian) for the purposes of networking and generally discussing library-related things. This was something which had actually been suggested to me by others at a Booktrust ‘Start the Story’ Event,… Continue reading Rudai 23: Thing 13 – A Reflective Post