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Many books stay close to me because my mother read to me!

As an adopted child, I knew that I was wanted & loved because of the picture books my mum read to me. By Lindsey Jones* Ever since I was little, my mother always read to me.  As a mother should, she strived to be very close with me.  In my mind, I think she tried her hardest because I was adopted and oftentimes it is very difficult for children who are adopted to become close…

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Children can enter a new world of imagination!

Interview with Ehsan Abdollahi by The Letterpress Project Read a lovely interview by The Letterpress Project with Ehsan Abdollahi, illustrator of A Bottle of Happiness and When I Coloured In the World. Q1. What are your earliest memories of books and reading? For example, did you have a favourite or inspirational book? The first illustrated book that I loved was The Little Mermaid. It was translated into Farsi and it was in black and white.…

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In wordless picture books, the only guides are the images

Tiny Owl recently launched a campaign to celebrate the importance and beauty of wordless picture books. We wanted to investigate some intriguing questions – why are wordless picture books important? Do they fill a gap that books with words can’t fill? Are their messages more universal? Do they aid literacy? Or is it just that they’re so beautiful to look at? We contacted experts in all kinds of areas of the book industry, from authors…

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Alive Again opens the door to understanding loss in any form

By Lindsey Jones* Just last year after my second year of college, I lost my mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  There were so many initial thoughts that went through my mind regarding the situation, many of them being experiences I would never have with her or that she would never be able to see.  I could no longer have Downton Abbey or Sherlock marathons with her over Cadbury Eggs and English Breakfast Tea.  I no longer had my best…

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Make any story MINE!

By Pippa Goodhart* I’ve just had the lovely experience of doing a storytelling session at the Petfringe festival in West Sussex.  I was sharing two Tiny Owl stories, The Clever Mouse and A Bottle of Happiness, with a small group of children, and their intent faces as they listened were a joy.  Because they were reacting so much to the stories events and emotions, it encouraged me to ‘up’ the expressiveness with which I read,…

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