Under a Super Blue Blood Moon

Under a Super Blue Blood Moon

From January:- The end of the first month of 2018 is portentous. A super blue blood moon, where a blue moon, total lunar eclipse and super moon, coincide, is due. The best places to observe this phenomenon are Hawaii, Alaska, eastern Russia, Australia, New Zealand or...
There Once Was an Ugly Duckling

There Once Was an Ugly Duckling

Yesterday I listened to a Radio 4 interview with children’s writers Francesca Simon and Michael Rosen. They were asked about the comparative imbalance of gender representation in children’s picture books. Many fewer are represented in children’s...
A Dose of Truth Aboard the Wagon

A Dose of Truth Aboard the Wagon

Remembered truths:- I remember incidents of my own learning to read experience. The sequence of graded books progressed by colour and with difficulty according to increasing reading fluency. I recall moving onto a grade that meant books with blue covers that included...
The Flame and the Flicker

The Flame and the Flicker

We attended the National Theatre’s acclaimed new production of ‘Network’ this week. This was originally a screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, drawing inspiration from the Watergate crisis. It is a painstakingly considered attack on the exploitation and...
It’s Time to Turn the Page

It’s Time to Turn the Page

This time last year, I was buzzing with ideas for a children’s bookshop. I wanted it to sell selected quality books to families and schools and offer informed advice. I saw a need to fill the voids of which I am aware through teaching years and interaction with...