Reading with my daughter
May15

Reading with my daughter

One of my absolute favourite things is the time I spend reading with my daughter. Because I love books and I love my daughter. If you ask her, she will tell you she ‘doesn’t like’ books or reading, but she’s very happy to share a story with me every night and always enjoys talking to me about her books. Every night, she reads a few pages of the book, then I go and read a few more to her to help her settle down...

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More great books for teens, tweens and young adults
Jul22

More great books for teens, tweens and young adults

One of the jobs I do as a freelancer, in fact the only job I do every month without fail, involves me reading children’s books. They could be very short picture books or really long young adult novels. Sometimes they’re a bit rubbish, but sometimes they’re brilliant, every bit as good as the books I would choose to read myself. They’re books I’d like my own children to read and want to recommend to...

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Books for tweens: Karen McCombie
Oct30

Books for tweens: Karen McCombie

The more enlightened among you may believe there’s ‘no difference’ in books for boys and girls. But I’ve got two boys and a girl who would all beg to differ on that point. How many girls do you know who have read Beast Quest? How many boys who have read Jacqueline Wilson? Over the years, my boys have both read very similar books to each other – Jeremy Strong, Harry Potter, Alex Rider… but my...

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