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Grobblechops is a top book to promote mental health awareness – Books for Keeps

Buy Grobblechops Books for Topics have included Grobblechops in their list of books to support children’s mental health awareness. Here’s what they said… This month, we’ve been asking our community of primary teachers, TAs, children’s authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate their favourite books that open up conversations about mental health in age-appropriate ways.This is what they told us… Nominated by: Melissa Jordan (@melissacreate15), Children’s bookseller and reading for pleasure advocate at www.readersthatcare.co.uk. “A retelling of a tale by Rumi, an ancient Persian poet.…

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Quill Soup is about the need to belong somewhere! – illustrator Dale Blankenaar

Buy Quill Soup We interviewed Dale Blankenaar, the brilliant illustrator of Quill Soup! He offered some brilliant insights into the process of creating the artwork for this beautiful, colourful book. Based on the traditional ‘stone soup’ fable, Quill Soup is an African retelling about a very hungry porcupine who goes looking for some food. Read the interview below! How did you find the process of illustrating the book? The process of making this book was one…

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“I love Caged so Mooch!” – 5 year old Emma

Buy Caged Book blogger Claire Storey and her daughter Emma wrote a lovely review of our wordless picture book Caged! Today I am reviewing the wordless picture book Caged by Duncan Annand (Tiny Owl).   Helping me is my daughter Emma (in italics), who has really enjoyed this book. And I am 5. The pictures tell the story of two men who are building a palace out of caged parrots. The pictures are impressive. Looking on is a bluebird who,…

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Grobblechops is warm and comforting – Minerva Reads

Buy Grobblechops Minerva Reads have included Grobblechops in their great list of books about human relationships! When I was at school, one of my best friends had the most extraordinary hair. Tight springy curls that fuzzed out from her head like Medusa with her snakes. Now, in the school library, I’m all agog at the number of different hairstyles, the fancy braiding, curls escaping from scrunchies and bobbles. But also the different personalities of the…

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There’s Room for Everyone has an uplifting message for the world! – Claire Storey

Buy There’s Room for Everyone Blogger Claire Storey has included There’s Room for Everyone in her focus on books about refugees and migration for World Refugee Week. I want to finish this week-long look at books focusing on refugees and migration with this uplifting picture book by Iranian writer Anahita Teymorian (Tiny Owl). The message is quite simple, there’s room for everyone! At the back of the book, Anahita describes the day she sat shouting at the television about all…

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