Chatting with Author Cerrie Burnell

For parents with children of a certain age, you will probably know Cerrie Burnell from CBeebies where she was the first disabled presenter. Within a month of joining the BBC, there were complaints from parents that she was scaring their children (Cerrie was born with her arm missing below the elbow). Thankfully the BBC and many disability groups stood by her and she stayed for the next eight years. Cerrie has now given up television

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Getting kids to read over the summer holidays

Today I asked my daughter if she was looking forward to getting stuck in to a book over the summer holidays. “Not really” she said with a sigh, which is disappointing for such bookish parents! Getting kids excited about reading when there are so many distractions, like TV and computer games, is an ongoing challenge, and one we know all about at Bags of Books. So we are constantly thinking about how we can entice Continue reading

Top 10 Awesome Audio Books

Heading out on a road trip this summer holidays?  Rather than letting the kids plug in to their own devices to while away the hours, why not try an audio book for a shared, family experience. Find inspiration here with 10 awesome audio books, suitable for all the family and including new tales and well-loved classics - and turn your journey into a listen-aloud adventure! 1.  Fantastic Mr Fox A timeless adventure, Fantastic Mr Fox tells Continue reading

Introducing ‘My Year of Books’

Let’s face it, most of us parents and carers are pretty time-poor, so here at Bags of Books we’ve come up with an ingenious way of connecting your kids with stories old and new, without you having to navigate your way through the vast range of books on offer. The idea is simple; for a one-off fee, we will send 1 or 2 new books to the child in your life every month, or every Continue reading

LGBTQ Inclusive Children’s Books

A friend told me that he and his same-sex partner frequently get asked questions like "And where is Lucy's Mummy?" by other children in their daughter's school. They are not offended by those questions and are glad the children are interested, but their daughter admits that it does get boring after a while. The fact is that most children aren't aware of LGBTQ people around them, until they actually meet them, so it is helpful Continue reading
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