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Dear Earth

DEAR EARTH Author: Isabel Otter Illustrator: Clara Anganuzzi Publisher: Little Tiger Press Year: 2020 I found this beautiful picture book the other day. Being an author who writes picture books about sailing, loves anything to do with the sea, and wants to see our world saved, the title and exquisite imagery on the cover drew me in. […]

If I Had A Big Blue Boat

It’s difficult to find boat stories that are written for little girls that aren’t based on dreams or imagination. ‘If I had a Big Blue Boat’ by Susan James Fry is an oldie, and based upon the imagination of a young lass. Beautiful, bright colourful illustrations bring to life the child’s dream of what she […]

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

GREAT FOR THE EARLY READER Author:             Bill Martin Jr Illustrator:         Eric Carle Picture Puffin;  1st edition (2 November 2021) ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ is one of my all – time favourite children’s picture books. When I taught, it was always a hit with the 5 to 6 year olds. It’s rhythm […]

Stories About A Dragon

Author: Paul Jennings Illustrator: Lea Bob Publisher: Puffin; 1st edition Year: 3 May 2004 I was going through my book library the other day and came across the Rascal series by Paul Jennings. It’s about 20 years since the first Rascal book was released, but they were great for children experiencing difficulties with learning, and […]

Hello World

Hello World: Ocean Life Being a sailor, I love anything to do with the sea and was delighted when I found this lovely 26 – page board book, ‘Hello World: Ocean Life’ by Jill McDonald. Being a sailor, I love anything to do with the sea and was delighted when I found this lovely 26 […]

Girls Can Do Anything

Back in the day, I was a youngster who preferred doing activities that were considered a ‘boy’s thing’ and was often referred to as a ‘Tom Boy’. Then at the age of 12 or 13, I found myself being informed that I had need to start behaving like a young lady… Being a female sailor, […]

Books I Love

Being an author isn’t just about writing books. It’s also about reading books. Thankfully, I am one of those people who devours books – and it’s not just those written for adults. Many of the books I most enjoy are those written for children. Over time, my aim is to share books, old and new, […]