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…

Picture Books About Healthy Eating and Table Manners

In an ideal world, the young children in our care would eat balanced, nutritious meals and snacks, and have perfect table manners. In reality, many children at some point in their childhood will be fussy eaters, perhaps avoiding vegetables and fruit, and push boundaries of what is deemed acceptable behaviour during mealtimes. Keeping kids healthy can…

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010

A hilarious tale about a dog who loves books has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 for children aged six and under. Dog Loves Books is written by Louise Yates, who was inspired by Quentin Blake as a child to become a children’s illustrator. She pipped the legendary illustrator to the prize for the…

The Joy of Books

When parents choose a book for their child, they are investing, consciously or unconsciously, in vital elements of their child’s development and sense of wellbeing. They are also sharing the huge pleasure of reading and recapturing something of their own childhood – so often shaped in no small way by favourite books too. “Particularly, when…