Travel & Adventure

It is that time of year when the sun starts to shine, and stays out for longer, evenings are lighter and we all want nothing more than to spend time outdoors. What to do with the children when we are out there is however often the question. Whilst some are quite happy to make their own adventures others need some encouragement and well, some of us like to play with them too and indulge in some family fun! A little help is at hand with a brilliant selection of books for Spring, Summer, in fact all year round fun, outdoors and in. The young ones in your life will surely know We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – who can’t recite this most memorable of rhymes? Well now there is the opportunity to enj

Celebrating Dads

To begin a book from a father. Graffeg Press has published Through the Eyes of Me by Jon Roberts, a debut picture book from a parents viewpoint about living with a child with autism. Jon’s 4 year old daughter has severe autism and this book will help other children understand the condition. Learn about how Jon’s daughter needs to run around, how she communicated and some of the quirks of her condition. Told with passion and love this is a touching and important story that will help readers understand and perhaps even identify. The Dressing Up Dad by Maudie Smith with illustration by Paul Howard (Oxford Children’s Books) is the tale of a father and son who love to share the joy of dressi

Books in Translation

It’s always good to welcome new books translated into English. Far too few books written in other languages are available to young readers of English. Translation tends to be a very one-way activity, with many more English language books being translated into foreign languages, which means we miss out on many excellent stories. Luckily there are a few dedicated independent publishers who try to remedy this sorry situation, and Alma Books have just re-introduced us to one, and followed it with their own translation of another modern fable by the award-winning Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda. Sepúlveda was exiled from his native country because of his political activism, and The Story of a Sea

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