Lucky me, this week is my turn to write another Pram Jam blog – it will give me a little break from all the hard work we have been doing to get the new Success Library up and running. I know, I know, we still aren’t open yet! But I can honestly say, we are very close. Since I’ve been doing a lot of work over the last month (I always do, of course!) I thought, why not make that this week’s theme. Or, if you think the concept of work might be a bit too hard to explain to a...Read More
Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Shortlisted The last book I will be reviewing from this year’s Children’s Book Week shortlist is: Meet … Captain Cook / written by Rae Murdie ; illustrated by Chris Nixon. This book has been nominated for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books CBCA 2014. As you might have guessed, this is a junior non-fiction title (beware, facts included!) about Captain Cook’s life and adventures around the uncharted seas of the southern hemisphere. It starts out with a rather nice montage of his childhood and early career, then goes on to describe his journeys...Read More
Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Shortlisted Next week is Children’s Book Week (yay!) and to celebrate the occasion the people who bring you our kids blog posts will be writing a few reviews of books on the shortlist for Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014. My first contribution is to review a book that has been shortlisted for both the Children’s Book Council Awards 2014 and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators CBCA 2014. I’ve an Uncle Ivan by Ben Sanders The first thing that strikes you about this book is the art design; it has a retro 50s look...Read More
Hi everyone! It seems like ages since my last blog but here we are again. At this week’s Pram Jam I read a story, “Lenny has Lunch”, and it gave me the idea for this blog’s theme: Lunch! Or really, just eating and meal time in general. Once they have mastered the art of eating solid food there comes a time when young children start to refuse to let you feed them without a bun fight … I mean, when they get to that developmental stage when they become more independent and begin to eat unassisted. The joy of no longer...Read More
Hi again, and welcome to another Pram Jam blog with me, David! I’m sure we have all noticed the recent changes in the weather and that Winter has definitely come to stay, so this week I’ve decided on an appropriate theme: Rainy Weather As you will know, the great and varied things we do outdoors are popular themes amongst young children’s books but they usually involve bright, sunny days with rainbows and beautiful green trees. Well, as I look out the window, if the rain stops coming down there may well be a rainbow but the sky is definitely not blue, it’s kind of grey and grumpy looking;...Read More
Another week has flown by and it’s time for a new kids blog entry. This week I have the privilege of writing another pram jam blog. As Chantelle posted an excellent (and adorable) blog about cats last week, I thought I’d stretch it out a bit to the wider theme of Animals. People generally like animals (you know, lovely people like you and me) but children are absolutely amazed and fascinated by them – if sometimes just a little scared too! And when they come across one they’ve never seen before they have a million questions just bursting to get out! Or, if they are the age...Read More
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