Want to capture the heart and mind of a young reader? The five story senses will set you on the right path.
When writing for adults, authors look towards capturing the five senses – sight, sounds, touch, taste and smell. When writing for children, however, writers should apply these story senses.
Food poverty is increasingly generating child victims, whose only salvation comes from donations of emergency food provisions.
Only 7% of children’s books published in 2018 featured a character of colour.
British children's books are still not representing all British readers – but reflecting realities for readers of colour is possible if parties across the industry work together
When it comes to reading, choosing the books your child reads, forcing them to read at certain times and asking them questions about their books are all big no nos.
Judith Kerr, author of the Tiger Who Came to Tea, at the International Literature Festival Berlin in 2016.
As the daughter in a Jewish family fleeing the Nazis, Judith Kerr's childhood was change, upheaval and deprivation. But this 'clever refugee girl' made her mark, creating stories of ideal childhood.
The Bookshelf for boys and girls: Children’s Book of Fact and Fancy.
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In children's literature, mothers are rarely more than anonymous homemakers – unless they are wicked queens.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Australian picture books are starting to reflect that.
In Australian picture books, family representation has been overwhelmingly traditional. But this may be changing.
Reading a treasured gift.
Christmas annuals are still found countless trees but how did they become some popular in the first place?
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Here's a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
Learning to form friendships is a key part of growing up.
These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Children will be responsible for the future protection of our fragile planet. Their knowledge and engagement are critical.
Scenes from the early days of pop music, Horrible Histories-style.
The series has an impressive quarter century history of its own.
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
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Why grown-ups still need fairy tales.
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We consciously and unconsciously tell fairy tales today, despite advances in logic and science. It’s as if there is something ingrained in us that compels us to see the world through this lens.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.
The famous ‘kiss’ scene from Sleeping Beauty.
Fairytales are increasingly being targeted for giving girls inappropriate messages. But these stories have always evolved with the times, and talk of banning them is misguided.
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
Why are parents increasingly inserting their child's name into stories?
The children's author Michael Bond left a literary legacy of inclusion and tolerance.
Platform 9 and ¾, the portal to Harry Potter’s magical world, at Kings Cross in London.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the phenomenally successful series, turns 20 this month. Despite criticism of their status as 'literature', the books remain a magical experience for children.