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Happy National Pet Day!

By Lauren Sandford Pets are the best of companions! They cheer you up when you feel sad, listen to your stories as well as your troubles, and above all, they are always there for you. What’s better than cuddling with your dog or your cat? Though I have to say, I am slightly biased. After being a dog owner for as long as I can remember, I’d always wanted a cat of my own! And…

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Beloved animal characters in Tiny Owl books

By Lauren Sandford Characters play a vital role within children’s stories: they combat the bad guys, explore the world and learn more about themselves throughout their adventures. Many of the beloved characters in Tiny Owl’s picture books are animals, from cats to parrots to little black fish. Through these animal characters, children can find themselves, in relating to the characters and their experiences. In The Little Black Fish, this brave and curious little fish goes…

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Happy International Book Day!

Translating books is so important, and today we celebrate the endless possibilities of sharing stories from all over the world. Books in translation are intriguing in themselves, with the intricacies of language and communication, the delicate nature of meaning and symbolism within stories. What could mean something in one language might mean something different in another. But it’s about more than just words on a page; it’s about the unique cultures, unfamiliar tales and exquisite…

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Books as hugs!

By: Alice Ahearn* Duvet off, duvet on, left side, right side. Sigh! We all know the agonising frustration of being unable to sleep. Often, though, I’ve found I can combat it by reading. It doesn’t have to be for long, but it’s perfect for helping me to settle into bed, and to avoid replaying my day in my head. What’s more, I’m pretty sure I’ve always been this way; my reason for demanding bedtime stories…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers play such an important role in our everyday lives. They are caring, generous and supportive. They offer a hand to hold, or a shoulder to cry on. Mothers lend an ear to hear our words, and let us know when we are being stubborn or careless. They are forgiving, honest and patient. Sometimes mothers do things without even being asked, and sometimes we forget to show our appreciation in return. Mothers share stories, and…

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