Posts Tagged: children’s literature

On barley-sugar fingers and the stars Christmas shopping

When I was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, I bought a lovely, old fashioned edition of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. It is pink and white striped, and has a black and white drawing of Mary Poppins being pulled

On barley-sugar fingers and the stars Christmas shopping

When I was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, I bought a lovely, old fashioned edition of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. It is pink and white striped, and has a black and white drawing of Mary Poppins being pulled

On resilient readers

The last time I read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorin I was twelve years old, and reading it for class. I remember enjoying reading it – I remember thinking that finally I was reading a book for school that I actually

On resilient readers

The last time I read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorin I was twelve years old, and reading it for class. I remember enjoying reading it – I remember thinking that finally I was reading a book for school that I actually

On friends that I wished I had

I so, so wish that I had read L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables for the first time when I was eleven, not when I was twenty-three. Not that I at all regret reading Anne of Green Gables this week; however, while

On friends that I wished I had

I so, so wish that I had read L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables for the first time when I was eleven, not when I was twenty-three. Not that I at all regret reading Anne of Green Gables this week; however, while

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 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 children’s books telling us about life

As you can no doubt tell from my blog, I love children’s books, and I love quotes. So you can tell how much I liked this list of quotes from children’s books, which I stumbled on through the magic of

On children’s books telling us about life

As you can no doubt tell from my blog, I love children’s books, and I love quotes. So you can tell how much I liked this list of quotes from children’s books, which I stumbled on through the magic of

On coming full circle

So it’s been one year, WordPress tells me, since I started writing about the 1001 Children’s Books I Must Read Before I Grow Up! I’m pretty proud that I have stuck it out for a year, and am still blogging

On coming full circle

So it’s been one year, WordPress tells me, since I started writing about the 1001 Children’s Books I Must Read Before I Grow Up! I’m pretty proud that I have stuck it out for a year, and am still blogging

On being a literary detective

So I’ve been a bit lazy in writing to you recently, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been lazy in reading. I have a few lovely books to catch you up on, and I should probably start with the one I

On being a literary detective

So I’ve been a bit lazy in writing to you recently, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been lazy in reading. I have a few lovely books to catch you up on, and I should probably start with the one I

On being twinkly and finding magic

There are, obviously, quite a few Roald Dahl books on the list of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. He is possibly the best children’s writer that has ever been. I read Danny the Champion of

On being twinkly and finding magic

There are, obviously, quite a few Roald Dahl books on the list of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. He is possibly the best children’s writer that has ever been. I read Danny the Champion of

On fiction, fact, fantasy and truth

‘Of all the room in the house, the Little Bookroom was yielded up to books as an untended garden is left to its flower and weeds. There was no selection or sense of order here […] The Little Bookroom gathered

On fiction, fact, fantasy and truth

‘Of all the room in the house, the Little Bookroom was yielded up to books as an untended garden is left to its flower and weeds. There was no selection or sense of order here […] The Little Bookroom gathered