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Review: I, Ada by Julia Gray

I've been quite quiet on the blog for a while, but I simply had to some back to tell you about I,Ada by Julia Gray, which Andersen Press kindly sent me an advance copy of a few months ago. I, Ada is the fictionalised life of the wonderful Ada Lovelace, who I must say is… Continue reading Review: I, Ada by Julia Gray

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Review: Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill

Full Disclosure: Free copy of this was given to me by Barrington Stoke, as a prize in the YLG giveaway. Sequin's mum is a seamstress, and a VERY good one at that. Whilst Sequin, her mum, and her baby brother Stitch don't have much, they have a flat full of fantastic fabrics, and Sequin couldn't… Continue reading Review: Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill

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It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

This is just a very quick post, but an important one nonetheless. From the author of 'My name is not refugee', 'It's a No-Money Day' is an incredibly well written, beautifully made book, about a child and their mother going to a food bank. The illustrations remind me somewhat of those of Shirley Hughes, and… Continue reading It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

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Review – Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk

Whilst most of the books I tend to review veer more towards the fiction side of things, today I'd like to share a BRAND NEW non-fiction item coming out tomorrow (16th April) which might be of interest! Full disclosure: I was given a free ebook copy of this book to take a peek at in… Continue reading Review – Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk

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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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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)

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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

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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

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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

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Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability

Part of my series on Diverse children's books. For more information check out the tags. First of all, I'd like to say that I've reached out to others for a bit of help with putting together this list. Whilst I have family members who have disabilities, I am not disabled myself, and so I wanted… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability