‘Sometimes I stare boredly into space, thinking utterly of nothing’

‘You can be completely sure what might happen next’ – Lauren Child  Michael Morpurgo and the late Ted Hughes, neighbouring Devon farmers, devised the Children’s Laureate scheme nearly twenty years ago. They considered that children’s books did not have a presence in the national consciousness. A successful, eminent, representative children’s writer was necessary. To some…

Refugee Week 2017

It was only as I posted a recommendation for ‘The Emergency Zoo‘ by Miriam Halahmy, http://bookwagon.co.uk/product/the-emergency-zoo/,  that I recalled that this is Refugee Week 2017- http://refugeeweek.org.uk. Brexit negotiations have commenced, London has suffered another terrorist attack on its community, while  the Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to unfold; it is fresh in our hearts and minds. Thoughts of…

American Library Association Awards

The celebration could almost be felt through my Twitter feed from this year’s American Library Association’s Awards. Amongst an evening packed with excitement and prize giving, the following writers and publishers were singled out:- Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:- Newbery Medal Award ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin…