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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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Bring out an artistic side in children

Read a wonderful review of A Bottle of Happiness by Marzena Currie for The School Library Association journal, vol. 65 no.1 Spring 2017.    When Pim sets off to see what’s on the other side of the mountain, he’s amazed at the level of wealth of the town he visits, and yet he notices that there is something he can give to the rich neighbours. It’s something his own poor town seems to have plenty…

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Mark your calendar: 27 May, Greenwich Book Festival!

Greenwich Book Festival celebrates all the wonderful journeys of discovery we embark upon when we read. Held at the Old Naval College at Greenwich, it’s a place where you can both meet authors and illustrators you already admire, and also discover new emerging voices – in an environment that includes everyone. It includes tours, workshops and speaker events over two days, and on 27 May Tiny Owl will be attending! From 3pm – 4pm you can experience the…

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Exquisite illustrations of the value of love and freedom

The Parrot and the Merchant Illustrator: Marjan Vafaian Age: 5+ Key stage: 1   The Parrot and the Merchant is now out in paperback! Based on a fable by Rumi, the 13th-century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic, this retelling by internationally-renowned artist Marjan Vafaian was released in hardback in 2015. The tale of the merchant Mah Jahan and her birds explores what educational consultant Laura Davies describes as ‘the true meaning of love and the value…

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Who says picture books are only meant for children?!

By: Lauren Sandford Picture books are lovely examples illustrating the true art and beauty of storytelling. With that said, it is an injustice to consider picture books as simply being meant for children — age is but a number, as picture books are for everyone! Illustrations add visual beauty, depth and intrigue to the text, creating a connection between the story and the reader. Beautiful pictures are memorable & their stories become timeless, so that…

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