Anxiety in Childhood

All of us get anxious – and tiny babies, toddlers and young children are no exception. Anxiety can start in the womb, the baby connecting with the feelings of the mother in utero. “Happy children become happy adults, and happy people are more productive, relational, loving, creative, mature, able, healthy and successful” Symptoms of childhood anxiety…

Should you always tell the truth to children?

‘White Lies’ are regularly told by parents for various reasons, including: to preserve a child’s innocence (“Father Christmas and the tooth fairy are real”), to avoid undesirable behaviour (“if the wind changes you’ll stay like that”), to promote healthy choices (“carrots make you see in the dark”) or to avoid awkward explanations or their own…

The Evolution of topsy and Tim

Topsy and Tim are the ultimate ‘situation’ books. We look at their extraordinary 51-year history. When Jean and Gareth Adamson set about creating a new children’s book in the late 1950s, they came up with a simple but novel idea: to write about ‘real’ children and the experiences they go through. The couple had visited…

Author interview: Nadia Shireen

Nadia Shireen is an exciting new author and illustrator. Her first picture book, Good Little Wolf is proving to be a big hit with critics, parents and children alike. As well as being laugh-out-loud funny and a little bit wicked, the book explores the idea of being true to oneself and standing up to stereotypes.…