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National Storytelling Week: We tell stories to know who we are

By Sophie Hallam* How wonderful to celebrate a whole week of storytelling! It’s something that unites us, binds and connects us. It’s common to every known culture and central to human existence. From songlines in Aboriginal Australia to Icelandic folk tales told in the dead of night, traditions of oral storytelling go back millennia. We tell stories to know who we are. I loved to be read to as a child. I remember at the…

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A World of Books in Translation

Tiny Owl books are Riveting Reads! We’re very excited to be included in The School Library Association’s publication of A World of Books in Translation by Joy Court and Daniel Hahn as part of the Riveting Reads series. Initiated by author and SLA President Kevin Crossley-Holland, the annotated guide showcases over 100 children books in translation with additional commentary from authors, publishers and campaigners. “…Riveting Reads breaks completely new ground and is likely to mark…

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Books build bridges not walls!

How do you empower children to become citizens of the world? Books in translation, of course! This was the overwhelming message at the ceremony for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation last night – and the crucial role translators have to play as “linguistic artists” in bringing literature from around the world to English-speaking audiences. This year saw 27 entries, representing a dozen languages from all around the globe. Six books were shortlisted…

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We March…We Read!

By Sophie Hallam* Love Trumps Hate! Standing in the crowd on Duke Street, with cheers of protest spreading like a Mexican wave, it was a real buzz to join thousands upon thousands of protesters at the Women’s March in Central London last Saturday. Many of us have watched in horror to see Trump take the central stage in America and it felt good to have a chance to stand as one to speak against Trump’s…

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A fantastic piece of work by North Ormesby Primary Academy!

Congratulations to the children at North Ormesby Primary Academy! Last week, we were delighted to hear that Year 5 and 6 children had been inspired by our best-selling title When I Coloured in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi. They had shared their amazing art display on Twitter so we got in touch to find out more about it. Craig Nicholson (Vice Principal) tells us more: We came across the book back in October, through social media, and posted a link to…

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