Skye the Puffling and other stories

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Picture Kelpies Book Launch Picture Kelpies Book Launch

I was invited to a book launch last week by my friend Lynne Rickards. She’s a picture book author and her publisher, Floris, was holding an event at the Lauriston Hall in Edinburgh for four of its Picture Kelpies authors. That’s Lynne in the turquoise scarf above, being introduced with the other authors who flank Chair Lindsey Fraser in the centre.

I can’t remember if I met Lynne on Twitter and then bought her books for the library I worked in, or if it was the other way round. Whatever, we soon discovered that we lived quite close to each other and have met several times since. Her current book is Skye the Puffling, and she had brought Skye along with two other characters, puffins Lewis and Harris, who featured in earlier stories. If you know anything about Scottish geography, you will be spotting a trend in the…

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Advent Calendar Day 8: The Gift of Reading by Anabel Marsh

Soveig Werner has had the lovely idea of turning her blog into an Advent Calendar. I’m the guest today, writing about charities which bring books to children who otherwise wouldn’t have any.

Solveig Werner

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The gift of reading by Anabel Marsh

Reading is the greatest gift – it opens up so many new worlds. It’s not just the obvious benefits of functional literacy: stories have the power to bring emotions to life, by helping children to understand their own feelings and those of others. In other words, reading builds empathy*, the ability to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” – and isn’t this something the world needs more than ever these days?

The children in your life probably already have easy access to this gift. I certainly did – that’s me in the picture, aged three, with one of my Christmas presents. However, many children don’t have the advantages of growing up in a house full of books, or with parents that take them to libraries. Every Christmas, I try to do something about that. This year, I’ve chosen The…

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Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015

Robot rumpus, Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens and Mosi’s War were announced yesterday as the winning titles of this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards after 28,000 children across Scotland cast their vote. Thanks to Scottish Book Trust, who organised the Awards, for sending me their press release and to Rob McDougall who took these fabulous pictures.

Ross Collins and Sean Taylor are the joint winners of the Bookbug Readers (3-7 years) category for their book Robot Rumpus. Also pictured are Ashton and Michelle from Craigroyston Primary.

Alex McCall wins the Younger Readers (8-11) category for his debut novel, Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens. For more on Alex, see my Children’s Literature blog. Here, he’s with Aaron and Rachel from Buckstone Primary.

Finally, Cathy MacPhail is the winner of the Older Readers (12-16) category for Mosi’s War, marking the third time she has won a Scottish Children’s Book Award. Her companions are Adam and Kenzie from Wester Hailes Education Centre.

Congratulations to them all!