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Book Trust loves The Drum

Buy The Drum We are thrilled that The Drum was introduced among the books that Book Trust loves. Read their review of it: This little but lively book is part of Tiny Owl’s “Children. Music. Life” series, which focuses on musical instruments from around the world, created by award-winning picture book author and artist Ken Wilson-Max. In this book, we meet the drum. The text itself is short and simple. The reader is encouraged to feel the…

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Every child should have the right to play!

Playday 2018 celebrates the importance of play in children’s lives By Simran Divatia Some of my fondest memories come from running around with my friends as a child, imagining wild adventures, solving incredible mysteries and saving the world, and all in time to get home for tea! I have a vivid recollection of being 9 years old, marveling at how a big tree by the river seemed to have grown perfectly to hold onto as we…

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Reflecting on the reality!

 A response to the results of CLPE’s report on diversity in children’s books  By Simran Divatia, a second-generation Indian based in Reading  The first time I read a book that had a main character that looked like me, I was 11. It was many years too late, because I had spent most of my childhood feeling as though the magical adventures, schoolgirl mischief or secret mysteries I so loved to read about were things that…

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The Drum recommended as guided reading for nurseries!

Buy The Drum The wonderful team at Tales on Moon Lane, together with Senior Lecturer in English & Children’s Lit. Mathew Tobin from Oxford Brookes University, have recommended our picture book The Drum as a guided reading book for children at a nursery level! They believe that ‘choosing the right text is essential for developing reading comprehension. A multi-layered text will provide opportunities for pupils to access it in different ways and for multiple interpretations and reflections.’ We’re…

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Publishers should cross barriers and make a CHANGE

Interview with two indie small publishers in response to the CLPE report on diversity in children’s books This week, CLPE released their brilliant report, Reflecting Realities, which documented the ethnic diversity of children’s literature in the UK in 2017. This is the first time that this kind of survey of UK children’s books has been carried out, and it has revealed a huge lack of representation and diversity. Only 4% of children’s books featured BAME…

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