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Why I want my child to be a reader

Why I want my child to be a reader

My two-year-old daughter picked up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro in the library recently and started flicking through it. “This is a good book!” she said. I know my toddler doesn’t actually understand Booker Prize shortlisted dystopian science fiction. Still, I felt proud […]

My kid wants to be a robot and I’m okay with that

My kid wants to be a robot and I’m okay with that

When I was a little girl, my father told me I could do anything I wanted when I grew up. “I want to fly,” I said. “Sure, you can learn to fly an airplane,” he said. “No, I want to fly without an airplane. Just […]

What do you do when your kid’s book is just a little bit racist?

What do you do when your kid’s book is just a little bit racist?

‘Mog and the Granny’ started off innocent enough. Mog the cat’s family went on holiday to America, so she went to stay with a granny and her cat Tibbles. Mog missed her family and reluctantly played with Tibbles. It was all pretty standard Mog stuff […]

Should I be reading Pride and Prejudice to my daughter?

Should I be reading Pride and Prejudice to my daughter?

My daughter’s current favourite book is “Mog, the Forgetful Cat.” The plot is as follows: a cat annoys her family by…well, being a cat, but then she accidentally alerts them to a burglar in the house, so they get over it and give her lots […]

Should I be blogging about cats instead?

Should I be blogging about cats instead?

The Popple looked at the back cover of her current favourite book, “Mog the Forgetful Cat,” and pointed to the photo of author Judith Kerr. “Mummy,” she said. I looked at the photo. Glasses and a cat on her lap. I conceded her point. “No, […]

The children’s books that are slowly driving me insane

The children’s books that are slowly driving me insane

Have you ever read this book? Because I have. About a dozen times…today. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is the Popple’s current literary obsession. Although she owns dozens of books, she tends to choose one and just roll with it for a while. Our flat is […]

A few of my favourite things

These are a few of my favourite things – surprisingly, none are food related.

Why I should write children’s books

Writing board books must be the easiest job in the world.