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Elizabeth Laird: We need to be educated in how to use wordless picture books

Wordless picture books are becoming more popular with people of all ages. Why do you think this is? Recently we had a wonderful time meeting with Elizabeth Laird, author of countless novels for children and adults as well as a keen collector of folk tales. We interviewed her on what she thought about wordless picture books, and she had some lovely ideas! You can find the video and transcript below. One of the delightful things about modern children’s…

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Alive Again: a thought-provoking book

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Margaret Pemberton for Armadillo Magazine:    This simple but very effective book follows a young boy’s thoughts as he contemplates the cycle of nature and whether words die.  The thoughts are about simple things such as ‘blossom’, ‘wheat’ and ‘journey’, but they start the reader thinking about the meaning of words and about how personal experience can affect our understanding. This is a charming and thought-provoking book which…

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A book about learning to fly and leaving the nest…

Read a wonderful review of A Bird Like Himself by Diana Barnes for Armadillo Magazine:  This picture book starts with a little bird hatching out of an egg, with a tiny ambulance driving away, but no parent, and the assorted animals around it attempting to look after the little bird.  He has a swing on the coils of a snake, and fox writes numbers on his teeth to help him learn.  (A suspension of disbelief…

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A familiar story with a twist in the tail

The Clever Mouse Author/illustrator: Anahita Taymorian Age: 4+ Key stage: 1   The Clever Mouse is available in paperback! This mousy love story with a heartwarming twist in the tail was praised by Outside in World for showing readers ‘the importance of respecting others and the value of true love and friendship’. I’m sure we can all see a bit of ourselves in Mr. Koochi the mouse – perhaps more than we’d like to admit!…

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Books to capture the spirit of summer!

Tiny Owl’s book recommendations for the summer The school holidays are approaching, and with them (hopefully) more good weather! In these blissful weeks when children have more free time, it’s an ideal opportunity to encourage them to keep reading for pleasure. At Tiny Owl we have plenty of books that encapsulate the spirit of summer, perfect for reading outside in the sunshine! Will and Nill Two cats lazing around in the sun: an iconic image…

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