Monthly Archives: March 2014

Animal crackers

Once upon a distant time, children didn’t read too many stories about animals: certainly not the cuddly, emotive, almost-human sort, nor the majestic, learning-to-respect-Nature sort either. For centuries, as far as most books were concerned, animals were either serviceable or edible (and sometimes both) – and children’s books, if they even existed, were strictly for instruction […]

World Book Day: eight children’s books that adults shouldn’t miss

Happy World Book Day everyone, whether you celebrated on “official” World Book Day yesterday, or (as we did) today. I looked out this morning over a glorious assembly of creatures and characters, including half the Gryffindor common room. Parents all (and I speak as one who was trying to manufacture a raven – Edgar, you […]