Happy birthday Harry!

Twenty years ago I was new teacher to a lovely London school, full of truly loved, supported, happy pupils, eager to learn. It was a place in which teachers felt privileged to teach. One day, a pupil asked me, ‘Ms Hattaway, (as I was then), my Daddy is publishing a...

Blind Date

Sometimes, my husband and I regale each other with bad dates. He once met a woman who excused herself from the table for a comfort break, but headed to the door, never to return. (I can only think he’d told her about the Parrot Society.) My date arrived at our...

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...

Salt to the Kids!

Amongst much hoopla and the whirring of air conditioning, the annual Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, have been awarded today (June 19th). Both awards are decided upon by children’s librarians....

Getting gripped on a book

I love that feeling of being completely submerged by a story. Currently, I’m reading through the incomparable Sally Gardner’s ‘Fairy Detective’ series, with a view that all the titles should be included in our bookstore. It’s the...