Books That Help Us Talk To Our Children About The Environment October 12, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

We live in a crazy world. The institutions we have always relied upon seem to be falling apart and at the same time we are facing the biggest environmental challenge in our history. While we may want to protect our children from the worry this brings, there is no doubt that they are aware of these issues to a greater or lesser extent. Psychologists have coined the phrase ‘eco anxiety’ to describe the worry or Continue reading

The Joy of Reading Children’s Books, for Adults! September 24, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

When was the last time you read a children’s book for your own pleasure? That is the question posed by Katherine Rundell in her recently published essay “Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise.” Bestselling author of five children’s novels, including “The Explorer” and “The Good Thieves” Rundell defends children’s fiction, which has “a long and noble history of being dismissed”. For Rundell, when we stop reading children’s Continue reading

Chatting with Author Cerrie Burnell August 28, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

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 Continue reading

Getting kids to read over the summer holidays July 29, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

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 July 12, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

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
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