Posts Tagged: children’s books

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

On inspiration

On Saturday I went to see the dress rehearsal for a show being performed by students from a local community circus school. Quite simply, they were amazing. The show was made up of about fifteen kids, from about nine to

On inspiration

On Saturday I went to see the dress rehearsal for a show being performed by students from a local community circus school. Quite simply, they were amazing. The show was made up of about fifteen kids, from about nine to

On school books

I mentioned previously that my classmates and I were forced to read and examine The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively very closely for our English class, and all of us hated the book with a passion. It wasn’t just my

On school books

I mentioned previously that my classmates and I were forced to read and examine The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively very closely for our English class, and all of us hated the book with a passion. It wasn’t just my

Anna Walker on where strange things can happen

‘I thought about stories shared in my childhood and what that meant to me. I could escape into a world of creatures that talked and strange things can happen. In our first house when I was a child, we had

Anna Walker on where strange things can happen

‘I thought about stories shared in my childhood and what that meant to me. I could escape into a world of creatures that talked and strange things can happen. In our first house when I was a child, we had

On playing with matches and sucking your thumb

Last weekend I was doing a bit of blog-tidying, and realised that there are a few books on the list of 1001 Children’s Books that I have read, but forgotten to write about. So I’ll try and catch you all

On playing with matches and sucking your thumb

Last weekend I was doing a bit of blog-tidying, and realised that there are a few books on the list of 1001 Children’s Books that I have read, but forgotten to write about. So I’ll try and catch you all

On reading a book with pictures in it

Last week I reread The Wonderful Farm by Marcel Ayme. A classic French children’s book, it’s full of short stories about two little girls, Delphine and Marinette, who live on a wonderful farm indeed, where the animals talk and therefore take part

On reading a book with pictures in it

Last week I reread The Wonderful Farm by Marcel Ayme. A classic French children’s book, it’s full of short stories about two little girls, Delphine and Marinette, who live on a wonderful farm indeed, where the animals talk and therefore take part

On why we reread

So, as I mentioned before, a bout of spring cleaning made me nostalgic for books that I used to read and reread, and has brought about a spree of rereading old favourites (like The Phantom Tollbooth), as well as books

On why we reread

So, as I mentioned before, a bout of spring cleaning made me nostalgic for books that I used to read and reread, and has brought about a spree of rereading old favourites (like The Phantom Tollbooth), as well as books

On stock-stardard books

I think I have only read The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander once before – I remember reading it and doing a book presentation on it when I was about twelve. The only other thing I really remember is that it

On stock-stardard books

I think I have only read The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander once before – I remember reading it and doing a book presentation on it when I was about twelve. The only other thing I really remember is that it

On forgotten books and refound books

The first book I decided as part of my rereading side-project is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I first read The Phantom Tollbooth when I borrowed it from a friend when I was younger – I can’t remember which

On forgotten books and refound books

The first book I decided as part of my rereading side-project is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I first read The Phantom Tollbooth when I borrowed it from a friend when I was younger – I can’t remember which

On rereading

For a great deal of my time growing up, I lived overseas, which meant that I didn’t always have access to as many English-language books as I might have liked. (To be fair to my parents, they bought me a

On rereading

For a great deal of my time growing up, I lived overseas, which meant that I didn’t always have access to as many English-language books as I might have liked. (To be fair to my parents, they bought me a