Books

07/01/2021

THE ENJOYMENT OF READING BOOKS

One of our granddaughters was an avid reader before she became ill with severe ME.  One of our granddaughters had the good fortune to have a […]
04/04/2019

Empathy in Children’s Literature

Welcome back. I have been very busy writing my children’s novel – see later –  which is why I have neglected my blog. Sorry! I have recently […]
20/02/2017

Thinking about birth mothers

For quite a while now I have been thinking of writing a blog post about birth mothers. There have been three main reasons why I have […]
01/08/2016

An Interconnected world “For more unites us than divides us” Jo Cox MP. RiP

  My brother and I were brought up in an international atmosphere. Our parents were keen members of the Esperanto movement.  As readers of this blog […]
04/07/2016

The portrayal of children from diverse backgrounds (1)

Princesses (?!) I don’t necessarily advocate filling girls’ heads with fantasies of being ‘princesses’, but on the other hand I am committed to the view that […]
07/06/2016

ADOPTION TODAY – Help/information/support

My last blog ended with this sentence “I have heard that there is more help for adopted and looked-after children nowadays.” This is good news for […]
28/04/2016

“Looked-after children” – Yesterday and Today. Illustrations in literature.

During 2015 I turned on the radio and heard the following startling statement. I jotted it down “Every 20 minutes a child enters the care system. […]
21/12/2015

Follow-on from a blog post about Children’s books, including some books about different countries around the world.

As I said in the last blog post, Lucy pointed out that I had mis-remembered some of the books our children read when they were young. […]
07/12/2015

Thinking about children’s books around Christmas time (continued). Some Mistaken Memories. Some well-remembered memories.

I thought that I had an excellent recall of our children’s activities (those that I ever heard about!), their likes etc. However, Lucy tells me that […]