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Happy Father’s Day!

By Samantha Brown* When I was about six, I remember I couldn’t think of a good Father’s Day gift to give my dad. Nothing seemed good enough until I remembered one of my favourite things to do: read. I was constantly reading some sort of book or asking my parents to read one to me. So, for Father’s Day I decided I would create a picture book depicting all of my favourite things I did…

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Picture books: a way for children to better understand stressful situations

How picture books can help to discuss difficult topics. By Samantha Brown* When one of my friends, Katie, was five years old, her dad suddenly died. Not really sure how to explain it to her young daughter, Katie’s mom turned to a picture book. This book introduced Katie to the topic of death and helped her find a way to cope with her sudden loss. Her mom shared the book with other parents of kids…

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Alive Again: a profound poem of loss and hope

Alive Again is now out in paperback! First published in hardcover in 2015, Ahmadreza Ahmadi’s simple yet profound poem of loss and hope is a wonderful way to discuss concerns of life, death and rebirth with young children. There’s a universal appeal in the themes of Alive Again. Everyone has to learn to trust that the blossom will come back after it dies, that dry seasons will give way to wet. This can lead to broader…

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Tiny Owl books bring us closer together as human beings

We are thrilled to see this blog (below) from amazing children’s librarians in Porirua, New Zealand and all the great work they have done to show books from around the world to their members. We love all the bottles of happiness drawn by children in these photos.Well done all of you!   The past school holidays saw Porirua Libraries Read Around the World, with the help of our previously featured guest Gillian Candler (see last month’s entry) representing…

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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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